the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Worship

The Ph.D. in Christian Worship trains both local church leaders and aspiring worship professors to think as a researcher, as an educator, and as a Christian scholar in the field of Christian worship. This degree is offered in a modular format and focuses on the biblical foundations, historical perspectives, and cross-cultural understandings of Christian worship.

Incoming Ph.D. students are matched with a supervisor from our world-class faculty who shares their research interests. Professors who can supervise students in this area are:

Seminars provide students the opportunity to engage in focused study on key subjects in their academic discipline. In addition to professors from the Billy Graham School, students pursuing the Ph.D. in Christian Worship will also take seminars from world-class theologian Bruce A. Ware and renown historian Thomas J. Nettles. The following list is a sampling of available courses in this area:

  • Theology of Christian Worship
  • Historical Survey of Christian Worship
  • Studies in Christian Hymnody
  • Planning and Leading Christian Worship
  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Worship Practices

If you are interested in applying for the Ph.D. in this area of study, learn more about the Admissions Process. To prepare for the entrance exam in this area of study, consult the study guide.

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.