Thought this might be interesting to kick around... Here’s an interesting comment on a perceived difference in quality between university and seminary doctorates. R. Scott Clark, professor at the WASC/ATS accredited Westminster Seminary California, reports another’s statement on his blog. “Before you enroll in a seminary PhD program be sure to ask about their success in placing graduates in teaching positions, if that’s your goal. I recall standing next to a dept chairman at Wheaton College and watching him pitch job applications unopened. I asked him why and he replied, “We don’t hire seminary PhDs.” I’m not saying that every school takes this view. We have three seminary PhDs on our faculty. I think they did or are doing better than typical PhD work but I’ve read a fair number of poor seminary PhDs so that proportionately seminary PhDs are less satisfactory than university PhDs.” What is interesting here is that Wheaton College shares the regional accreditation as well as the evangelical convictions of the seminaries whose grads aren’t getting hired on. Therefore, they presumably believe that something academic is lacking. Whether this is a groundless bias or something substantive I have no idea. In my experience with both kinds of schools, the biggest difference in quality was not between university and seminary, but between good ones and bad ones of the same kind.