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A PhD provides students with intensive academic research skills. Some programs require a master’s degree prior to enrollment, while others include a master’s as part of the degree plan.

What is a PhD in Christian Studies? Programs discuss the Bible, Christian identity in history, early Christian identity and theological methods and ethics as part of foundational coursework. Either written or oral dissertations are required to complete the program. Programs offered typically feature either a research-based or faith-based degree, depending on the scholar’s interests. Students will then tailor coursework to suit that particular degree path. A second language is often required in Latin, Greek or Hebrew. Program participants average three years in a program, but they can spend as many as six if they attend part-time.

Time-management skills learned in the classroom often adapt well in both personal and professional life. Research skills learned in the program can benefit those interested in ministry or becoming educators.

Enrollment status affects the overall costs of attending a university. Interested individuals researching the various programs offered will have a better chance of making a good decision by contacting admissions offices for current program costs as well as financial aid offerings.

A PhD in Christian Studies prepares graduates to work in the field of ministry. Those with a research-based degree are likely to work in academia, research or in some postsecondary capacity as a teacher. Faith-based degree graduates are often equipped to work as missionaries, counselors and ministers. Many go on to do work in international locations, start churches or work as professors conducting religion-based research and teaching others.   

Courses are offered through a variety of international and domestic universities both online and on-campus to suit varying student’s needs and interests. To get started, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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4 Results in Christian Studies

University of Johannesburg

The DLitt et Phil (Biblical Studies) programme is a research programme, comprising predominantly theoretical work, and normally does not require work-based learning or vo ... [+]

The DLitt et Phil (Biblical Studies) programme is a research programme, comprising predominantly theoretical work, and normally does not require work-based learning or vocational training. The Doctoral programme is by nature an advanced specialization in either OT or NT (or both), building on the specialization level already reached on Master’s level.

The programme is a thesis on a theme from the Old or New Testament or both.

Admission requirements

A Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies or an equivalent qualification is a prerequisite, as well as the general University entrance requirements for the Doctoral programme. Greek or Hebrew up to second-year level may be required depending on the field of study and research.... [-]

South Africa Johannesburg
February 2020
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
Campus
Charles University Protestant Theological Faculty

The purpose of doctoral studies in the field of Biblical Theology is for students to cultivate, in the usual way for advanced studies, their ability to think theologicall ... [+]

The purpose of doctoral studies in the field of Biblical Theology is for students to cultivate, in the usual way for advanced studies, their ability to think theologically and to deepen their knowledge in the relevant biblical theology disciplines on an expert level.

The field covers all aspects of the specialist study of the Bible, such as theological, literary, and historical factors. Studies focus on either the Old Testament or the New Testament field. They include the examination of biblical texts in their relevance for religious and cultural traditions. Depending on the specific dissertation project, studies may deal with textual, linguistic, literary, literary-historical, historiographical, religious, or cultural issues. Normally, they must also raise questions about the theological profile or overall testimony of Scripture in relation to relevant theological questions, and also deal with issues of understanding, communication, and interpretation. The working field of biblical studies also includes the related specialist disciplines – for example, the philology of the ancient and classical languages, the literature of the ancient Near East and the principal cultures of Antiquity, the phenomenology of religions and the study of the religions of antiquity, the archaeology and historiography of the relevant regions – and also a reflection on methodologies in the biblical field, hermeneutical issues, and the history of biblical research and its current trends. Studies are linked to an appropriate degree with other theological fields, and, like other branches of theology, have an interdisciplinary dimension.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
October 2019
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
Grand Canyon University

The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program develops the learner’s ability to generate new knowledge and responsibly apply knowledge to achieve high-perf ... [+]

The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program develops the learner’s ability to generate new knowledge and responsibly apply knowledge to achieve high-performing entities that allow organizational employees and followers to grow and develop to their full potential.

Learners will study the major bodies of literature in leadership, reflect critically on existing theory, and identify appropriate applications of theory in education, business, and other organizational cultures. Learners will develop academic and organizational research expertise through the study of statistical and research methodologies. The program of study is consistent with Grand Canyon University's mission to develop learners who are global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders. Graduates who earn the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Christian Ministry will advance the study of leadership within the field of Christian ministry with an in-depth research-based approach to facilitate leadership within Christian ministry and society.... [-]

USA Phoenix Albuquerque Sun City Scottsdale  + 1 More
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Pan Africa Christian University

The Ph.D. in MFT is an advanced course of the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. The program is grounded in a Christian worldview that presents a holistic perspective of ... [+]

Ph.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy (PMFT) Introduction

The Ph.D. in MFT is an advanced course of the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. The program is grounded in a Christian worldview that presents a holistic perspective of human nature including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social aspects of maturation. The approach focuses on the strengths and the resiliency of family systems and communal resources to restore and build healthy family relationships. Systemic philosophy and models provide the basis for a therapeutic approach to mental health and relational restoration. Values of creativity, respect, compassion, excellence, and accountability are promoted. Effective learning and preparation for professional service are believed to occur in an academic community of trust that practices justice, peace and human dignity.... [-]

Kenya Nairobi
January 2020
Full-time
Campus