Gupta's Guide to Getting a Ph.D.

The email I received from the Review of Biblical Literature on Friday, Oct 3, highlights a book which serves as a guide to getting a Ph.D. in biblical studies. The book is by Nijay K. Gupta, entitled Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond.[1] The review announced by RBL is by Michael K. W. Suh, available here.[2]

I enjoy exposure to guidebooks like these for a number of reasons, but primarily to expand my own toolbox for helping students who are considering a Ph.D. program or in the midst of one. The review by Suh appears thorough and fair. I haven’t looked at Gupta’s book yet, but from the review it appears to be a helpful resource for those headed to this advanced degree. If you have direct experience with this text, I’d appreciate hearing your take in the comments.


  1. Nijay K. Gupta, Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011).  ↩

  2. Michael K. W. Suh, review of Nijay K. Gupta, Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).  ↩