Doctor of Philosophy


Note: The plan of study is generally drawn from Theology, Metaphysics, Philosophy, and Humanities


60 credits* beyond the Bachelor’s degree. Up to 30 of the credits can be accepted as transfer from an acceptable Master’s degree.** Up to 45 credits can be accepted for a Master of Fine Arts degree.***

At least 30 credits must be at the graduate level (generally 500 and above). 12 credits must be from our doctoral level classes (600 or above) and 3-6 from  dissertation, which can be a scholarly or creative project, a novella-length or longer fiction or analytical work reviewed and approved by at least two professors including the program Director, Dr. Pamela Fox 

Those currently holding the MFA degree in Writing can follow this MFA link to learn more about our PhD program in the context of their previous achievement and writing goals.

Doctoral Level classes (numbered 600 or above): 

Our doctoral level classes are essentially student-created independent studies in which the students, mentored by faculty, research to find the most relevant books or other resources on a topic or topics such as those listed below or compiled as a resource that will enhance the historical, philosophical, and/or theological substance of a writing project they intend to create.  

Students plan a course of study and request that a professor approve, suggest, or require additions or substitutions. Once approved, students read, summarize and write about the learning journey the class has provided, highlighting insights and struggles and the final result in the formation of their attitude. 

Currently approved general topics:

Wisdom 601, The Crusades from Christian and Islamic perspectives

Wisdom 602, Revivals, a historical perspective

Wisdom 604, World Religions

Wisdom 605, Philosophical roots of Christian theology

Wisdom 606, Historical Controversies such as free will vs. predestination or the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy and its relevance

Wisdom 608, Controversies in the Christian community 

Wisdom 609, Alternatives in Christian thought

Wisdom 610, Independent study

* Although traditional fifteen to eighteen-week semesters do not apply to our classes, we use the standard semester/hour requirement of at least 40 hours of applied study for each credit, or a minimum of 120 hours for each three credit class.

** Acceptable credits are usually from programs in theology, liberal arts, humanities. Credits from other fields may be accepted by petition.

*** Acceptable Master of Fine Arts degrees are generally in Writing. Others may be accepted by petition.