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20 PhD Programs in Christian Studies

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 writ… Read more

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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Christian Leadership University
Orlando, USA

Major in any of the following concentrations: Biblical Studies, Christian Arts, Christian Counseling, Christian Entrepreneurship, Christian Leadership, Divine Healing, Interce ... +

Major in any of the following concentrations: Biblical Studies, Christian Arts, Christian Counseling, Christian Entrepreneurship, Christian Leadership, Divine Healing, Intercession, Ministry, Missions and Evangelism, Prophetic Ministry, Worship Ministry, or Youth Ministry. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online
 
Charles University Protestant Theological Faculty
Prague, Czech Republic

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 ... +

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. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English, German
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

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

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. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
English
Jan 2022
Campus
 

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Florida Christian University
Orlando, USA

This program will equip the student to know the methods of qualitative, historical, and practical theological research, to grow in understanding of the biblical, historical an ... +

This program will equip the student to know the methods of qualitative, historical, and practical theological research, to grow in understanding of the biblical, historical and theological warrants for contemporary ministerial practice and to develop effectiveness in the expository communication of Scripture, through oral and written media. -
PhD
Full-time
English, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish
Campus
 
Pan Africa Christian University
Nairobi, Kenya

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 ... +

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. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Africa International University
Nairobi, Kenya

The Ph.D. in Theological studies recognizes that most of the challenges facing the church in Africa – and beyond – are theological in nature.

The Ph.D. in Theological studies recognizes that most of the challenges facing the church in Africa – and beyond – are theological in nature. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
Trinity College Dublin The Loyola Institute
Dublin 2, Ireland

The Loyola Institute at Trinity College Dublin offers research scholars an excellent educational experience. We provide research supervision in the discipline of theology in t ... +

The Loyola Institute at Trinity College Dublin offers research scholars an excellent educational experience. We provide research supervision in the discipline of theology in the Catholic Christian tradition. The research environment at Trinity College provides an ideal setting, rigorous and supportive, for research to flourish. -
PhD
English
Campus
 
Huntsville Bible College
Huntsville, USA

The Huntsville Bible College Doctor of Ministry– Biblical Leadership is designed to provide advanced preparation for the field of Biblical Leadership. The purpose of the progr ... +

The Huntsville Bible College Doctor of Ministry– Biblical Leadership is designed to provide advanced preparation for the field of Biblical Leadership. The purpose of the program is to develop competent and effective experts to assume critical leadership roles. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Baylor University Diana R. Garland School of Social Work
Waco, USA

Baylor's PhD program is designed to develop leaders and educators who can lead visionary social work education or service programs and conduct original research addressing our ... +

Baylor's PhD program is designed to develop leaders and educators who can lead visionary social work education or service programs and conduct original research addressing our world's complex social issues. The program provides a distinctive focus on integrating religion and faith with the ethics, values, and practices of the social work profession. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Online
 
Boston University School of Theology
Boston, USA

The purpose of the PhD degree program in Practical Theology is to discover and extend knowledge and enhance teaching competence in practical theology. Practical theology is th ... +

The purpose of the PhD degree program in Practical Theology is to discover and extend knowledge and enhance teaching competence in practical theology. Practical theology is the theologically positioned, interdisciplinary study of religious communities' practices and the traditions and social contexts that shape and challenge those practices. -
PhD
Full-time
5 - 7 years
English
Campus
 
Institute for Christian Studies
Toronto, Canada

The Ph.D. program is intended for junior members (students) whose principal vocation is the life of scholarship and teaching. Graduates of the doctoral program are well-equipp ... +

The Ph.D. program is intended for junior members (students) whose principal vocation is the life of scholarship and teaching. Graduates of the doctoral program are well-equipped to enter research or teaching positions. Admission requirements include a master's degree with a thesis component, a background in philosophy, and prior work in a related area of study. -
PhD
English
 
Trinity Bible College
Ellendale, USA

Trinity's PhD Practical Theology is a research degree affording candidates a range of subject options over a wide spectrum of study fields.

Trinity's PhD Practical Theology is a research degree affording candidates a range of subject options over a wide spectrum of study fields. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Campus
 
International Baptist College
Chandler, USA

The Doctor of Ministry program's purpose is to provide professional and academic preparation for the highest level of leadership in Christian ministry.

The Doctor of Ministry program's purpose is to provide professional and academic preparation for the highest level of leadership in Christian ministry. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Pontifical University Of The Holy Cross
Rome, Italy

The Doctoral Program in Spiritual Theology, with a minimum duration of two years, offers the student the possibility of writing a dissertation on a specific area of Spiritual ... +

The Doctoral Program in Spiritual Theology, with a minimum duration of two years, offers the student the possibility of writing a dissertation on a specific area of Spiritual Theology under the guidance of one of the professors of the Department. This program also prepares the students for teaching at the University level. -
PhD
English, Spanish, Italian
 
Nazarene Theological College
Didsbury, United Kingdom

Specialisms include Church History, Wesley Studies/Wesleyan Tradition, Christian Theology, Old Testament Studies/Second Temple/Inter-Testamental Studies, New Testament Studies ... +

Specialisms include Church History, Wesley Studies/Wesleyan Tradition, Christian Theology, Old Testament Studies/Second Temple/Inter-Testamental Studies, New Testament Studies, and Biblical Theology, Practical Theology, Missiology. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 72 months
English
Campus