Doctor of Theology in Biblical Studies

Online Program

Doctor of Theology in Biblical Studies

Dissertation Guidelines:
The candidate’s dissertation research topic should be submitted in writing as soon as possible. The Biblical Studies student may wish to focus on a book or passage of scripture or theme in scripture, and written in for public distribution. Every dissertation submitted will be considered and read with the prospects of publication. This paper may be commenced at the beginning of the doctoral program  after approval. It may not be turned in until the six core courses are fulfilled.

To enable the doctoral candidate research and practice in the realm of Biblical Studies. The doctoral candidate demonstrate in writing the results of the research and information assimilated during the candidacy program. The dissertation will be between 125 to 250 pages. A bibliography should be a minimum of 40 books that the candidate has referred to in the preparation for writing the dissertation.

Degree Requirements:
The student must possess the requisite academic background pursuant to the Doctoral degree. After consultation and review, the administrative faculty will determine if the candidate qualifies for admission. All course work may be emailed to

Six core courses of study related to the doctoral field and one dissertation. Course books may be selected from our suggested textbooks, and each course conducted at a time. Each book constitutes five hours of credit/one course. The student may select up to three alternate textbooks from any page on this web site. These books do not include the student’s list of books that will be used in writing the dissertation project.

Each book may be ordered at Amazon. com,, etc.

Encountering the Book of Psalms: A Literary and Theological Introduction, by C. Hassell Bullock
Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey, by Bill T. Arnold
30 Days to Understanding the Bible, by Max E. Anders
The Second Most Important Book You Will Ever Read, by Dan Patrick
Encountering the New Testament, by Walter Elwell
The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English, by Geze Vermes
Jesus The Messiah, by Donald Gutherie

Old Testament Survey, by William Sanford
The Hermeneutical Spiral, by Grant R. Osborne
Introduction to New Testament Greek

Two texts required for this course:
1. Basics of Biblical Greek, by William D. Mounce, ISBN-10: 0310287685 Hardcover 448 pages, 2009 edition
2. Basics of Biblical Greek Workbook by William D. Mounce ISBN-10: 0310250862 Paperback 224 pages, 2009 edition

Each student will read the Basics of Biblical Greek textbook and complete the corresponding lessons in the Basics of Biblical Greek Workbook. Each student is assessed on submitted assignments/lessons from the Greek workbook.

Completed workbook assignments/lessons are to be digitally scanned and emailed one-at-a-time to Once the assignment is graded and returned, then the student may proceed with the next assignment/lesson.

The Doctoral program may be done at your own pace. However, we do encourage the completion of this program in two years. HARK expects summary paper of at least twenty pages of each textbook for all degree programs.

Typed, double-spaced, Font type should be 10 – 12. Microsoft Word is preferred when emailing an attachment. If Microsoft Word is unavailable, assignments may be copied and pasted into the body of your email. Please review your paper for spelling and grammar errors before submitting.