PH.D./ED.D. Home

Welcome. Our Ph.D. and Ed.D. in Educational Studies degree programs have been empowering and mentoring theologically-oriented educational leaders since 1986. Over these 30 years, we have been blessed with a wonderful diversity of doctoral participants in which we see generally equal percentages of men and women, as well as U.S. and international citizens (mostly from Asia, Africa and Latin/South America). That's a rich global learning setting for us all. If you participate in our doctoral program, you join a network of alumni and current students serving in 26 of the United States and territories, and in 19 countries within 5 continents around the world.

We value an informed Christian worldview about the education of persons in relation to the teaching-learning-mentoring process. The integration of faith and learning is emphasized within the coursework phase and during dissertation study. Each doctoral participant devotes one dissertation chapter, supervised by a theology professor, to articulate the integration of a social science concept within a distinctly Christian perspective. Besides having regional WASC accreditation, our Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs are accredited by ATS—the Association of Theological Schools—the primary accrediting body for seminaries in the United States. In 2002, our doctoral program launched the first hybrid-distance Ph.D. program approved by ATS.

We value "head and heart" personal integration by providing opportunities for spiritual formation in co-curricular ways during the coursework phase, with spiritual reflection retreats, and course assignments that support this process.

We value face-to-face engagement as important to doctoral education. Students complete a required course each Fall and Spring that includes a one-week on-campus intensive. Electives, which are based on faculty expertise on a range of topics, are offered in three formats: one-week intensives, online and weekly livestream/webinars. Our experienced, full-time faculty also chair and mentor students in their dissertation research. We accept a limited number of applicants each Fall term, permitting small class sizes for our doctoral seminars. And we offer a limited number of 50% coursework scholarships for highly qualified Ph.D. applicants.

Klaus IsslerKlaus Issler, Ph.D.
Professor of Educational Studies and Theology
Director, Ph.D. and Ed.D. Programs in Educational Studies


Christian Education Journal (CEJ)

CEJ is a leading evangelical journal in the field of Christian education that is edited and published by the faculty in the doctoral programs in Educational Studies at Talbot. It represents a cooperative effort between Talbot School of Theology and the Society of Professors of Christian Education. Each issue involves the contributions of over 60 people from across the U.S. and other countries.

For more information, visit the CEJ website.


Talbot, as a school of Biola University, is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Talbot is a member of the Association of Theological Schools, the internationally recognized accrediting body of seminaries and schools of divinity.

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