Doctorate Degrees in Christian Studies

Compare 2 PhD Programs in Christian Studies

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 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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PhD in Biblical Studies

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

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 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.... [-]


PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy (PMFT)

Pan Africa Christian University
Campus Full time January 2019 Kenya Nairobi

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. [+]

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.... [-]