The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) has been granted approval to change the Doctor of Theology (ThD) to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), effective immediately. The content of the doctoral program will remain the same. Gerald L. Zahorchak, D.Ed., Secretary of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, informed seminary President Philip D.W. Krey that final approval has been given to LTSP’s petition for the change in nomenclature.
While both ThD and PhD degrees are considered equal in the eyes of the accrediting agencies of divinity schools and seminaries, The Rev. Dr. Margaret Krych, Associate Dean of Graduate Education, notes, "Many of our graduates will teach in colleges and universities where the PhD degree is better known than the ThD. I believe the change in nomenclature will help our graduates secure the teaching positions for which they are so well prepared."
The third class of PhD students will begin study this fall, and the seminary will be accepting applications for the PhD program through January 2008. In addition to the PhD program, LTSP also offers the advanced level degrees of Master of Sacred Theology (STM) and Doctor of Ministry (DMin). For more details, go to Ltsp.edu/advanced, or contact Dr. Krych, mkrych@Ltsp.edu.