Doctoral Program

Doctoral Studies 


Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PRTS) and the IRBS Theological Seminary (IRBS) have agreed that the IRBS will become a Doctoral Study Center in association with PRTS.

IRBS Theological Seminary will offer courses for PRTS’s Ph.D. program in historical theology and biblical studies to students of Reformed Baptist churches and seminaries. The degree itself will be offered through PRTS which is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.

Facilitated by IRBS Theological Seminary; governed and administered by PRTS:

  • Courses taught by IRBS Theological Seminary faculty, on its campus.
  • Program registration, assessment, and grading by PRTS.
  • Courses—modular or semester—will be offered at PRTS, at IRBS Theological Seminary, and online (live-stream) in such a manner that a student may complete the entire doctoral program of twelve courses and a dissertation within a five-year period.


PRTS will offer electronic resources to the faculty and students of the IRBS Theological Seminary through a secured website known as Puritan Research Center, including: Puritan Studies Index; American Religion; ATLA; CMS Periodicals; CPI; Dissertations and Theses; Early American Imprints; ECCO; EEBO; JSTOR; New England Quarterly; NT Abstracts; OT Abstracts. In addition, digital scans may be made available to IRBS lecturers and students from the collections at the Puritan Research Center.

Students studying through the IRBS Theological Seminary will be eligible to apply for such scholarships as PRTS makes available for the PhD program. Applications and decisions will be administered by PRTS.

* IRBS Theological Seminary admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.