Doctoral students at the Divinity School concentrate their work in one of the School's eleven areas of study, and also engage other disciplines within the academic study of religion. Advanced candidates and recent graduates who are available for appointment are listed here.
Doctoral programs include completion of general requirements in the methodologies of the academic study of religion, fulfillment of the requirements of their area of study, and significant coursework in areas across the Divinity School as well as the University of Chicago. In addition to faculty appointed in the Divinity School's eleven areas of study, faculty across the University whose work is in the study of religion are associated faculty in the Divinity School, and often serve as qualifying examiners, and advisors or readers on dissertation committees. The doctoral qualifying exams, which must also include at least one exam outside the student's area of study, provide the student with a comprehensive grounding in the current scholarship in the chosen field of research, and emphasize the importance and value of interdisciplinary research.