The Ph.D. program exists to prepare pastors and equippers of pastors to further sharpen their exegetical and theological skills in order to fill professorships in seminary and college/university Biblical Studies faculties, as well as to fulfill a calling in theological writing. Applicants must present an acceptable undergraduate baccalaureate degree, a Master of Divinity degree, and a recognized Master of Theology degree or its equivalent with an acceptable research thesis. A scholastic record that demonstrates superior ability and offers promise of success in studies at the doctoral level is expected. Normally, a grade point average with a 3.5 or above in all previous seminary studies is required. When deemed appropriate, Graduation Record Examination (GRE, aptitude section) scores may be required. pre-matriculation qualifying exams There are five areas of examination that must be completed prior to matriculation. general background, specialized background, oral interview, directed readings, and German language. Completion of qualifying exams prior to matriculation allows the student to focus primarily on dissertation writing while in residence. residency Residency focuses predominantly on researching, writing, and defending the dissertation – a process that enjoys the benefits of frequent, personal interaction with one’s mentor, unlimited access to the finest library resources, and uninterrupted concentration on research and writing.