Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) |

The Ph.D. in Preaching is crafted to elevate your homiletical potential to preach with greater impact as well as mentor others to preach and teach more effectively.

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Program Overview

This 48-hour program incorporates seasoned full-time faculty members of the Clamp Divinity school as well as academically qualified pastor-scholars to facilitate guided seminars. You will find opportunities to to engage scholarship and research and develop professional competencies related to:

Preaching and

Preaching and
Church Life

Historical and Theological
Considerations for Preaching

Development and Delivery
of Expository Sermons

Teaching Biblical

Advancement of the
Field of Homiletics

*Each seminar requires a substantial amount of preparation, including reading and completion of written assignments.

Admission Requirements

  • Academic Requirements

    • A Master’s degree in Ministry or Divinity (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning or one accredited by ATS, ABHE, or TRACS.
    • A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
    • At least one (3hr) graduate course in preaching. Leveling courses are available.
    • Official transcripts from all baccalaureate and graduate degrees.
    • An academic recommendation. Typically, this recommendation will be from a former professor who can vouch for the applicant's academic ability.

  • Professional Requirements

    • A minimum of three years of experience in a ministry vocation. Students applying for the Ph.D. should be serving in a ministry position that offers consistent preaching opportunities.
    • Ministry Resume. Resume should include places of employment, philosophy of ministry, and academic background.
    • Applicants should provide a link to a sermon (or DVD if not available online) recorded in the applicant’s local context.

  • Writing Requirements

    • Graduate Writing Sample. Who are the preachers or writers on preaching who have most influenced homiletics since 1965? Provide rationale for your selections. Essay should be 800-1000 words and should include a minimum of five external sources.
    • Research Interests. Provide a one-page description of potential research interests in the field of homiletics.


Seminars will be full-semester (15 weeks) in length. Most students will take two seminars per semester, enabling them to complete the full program in under three years. The student can expect to pay less than $31,500 for the full program.

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Embedded Dissertation

At Clamp Divinity School, we transformed the dissertation process from an isolated experience into one of relationship. Other programs require students to complete their dissertation after they have left the learning environment of the seminary or divinity school. Is it any wonder that most students (56% on average) get to this point and give up? At Clamp Divinity School, we will partner with you during your second year of the program to guide you through the entire process.