The Catholic University of America Doctorate in Philosophy in Biblical Studies will expand and deepen the student’s initial education in Biblical studies.

It prepares students to engage in independent research in various domains pertinent to the study of Scripture, such as Old Testament, New Testament, septuagint studies, ancient languages, and more. It promotes a thorough and rigorous foundation for further graduate studies in the area of Biblical studies and ancient languages.


  • 30 credit hours; including 15 credits in exegetical seminars; six in a second ancient language; and nine in exegesis or related areas such as theology, archaeology, Semitics, the Ancient Near East, ancient languages
  • Reading and comprehension knowledge of German and French in accordance with school norms
  • A comprehensive doctoral examination
  • Completion and successful defense of the dissertation


  • M.A. in biblical studies or a degree closely related to this field
  • Students with an S.S.L. or S.T.L. in biblical theology may be eligible for advanced standing
  • Nine credits in advanced Hebrew
  • Nine credits in advanced Greek