Doctorate Degrees in Religious Studies

Compare 4 PhD Programs in Religious Studies

After earning a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree, many students decide to further enhance their education by pursuing a PhD. These degrees focus on a specific field of study and prepare students to research or work in a related professional field.

What is a PhD in Religious Studies? The study of religion is a central component of the humanities, and this type of PhD program is designed to help students understand how religion remains a critical tool when trying to understand politics and society in an increasingly globalized world. Those who pursue this degree may take classes that cover religions in America, religions in Asia, Islam and Christianity in a global context, and the anthropology of religion.

While pursuing a PhD in Religious Studies, students can further refine their research skills, which can help them earn promotions in a professional field. Graduates may also improve their professional relationships and enhance their communication skills, which can help them secure job opportunities post-graduation.

There are many factors that impact how long it takes to earn a PhD in Religious Studies. These can include the rate of tuition the university charges, how long it takes to earn the degree, and whether the degree is earned online or in person.

Many students who earn a PhD in Religious Studies choose to remain in the academic field and research or teach in their field of study as professors and lecturers. Others decide to work other places besides academia and apply their knowledge to teacher positions in the private and public sector. Additionally, some with this degree secure positions as researchers, consultants, and religious leaders for organizations that require learned professionals.

Students who decide to earn a PhD in Religious Studies can look for classes locally or online. To find out more, 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 Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

One of the most significant recent developments in the engagement of our spiritual traditions in this transformation of consciousness and society. When the moral force of the world's religions combines with the depth understanding of ecology, humanity will find itself in the very center of that profoundly mysterious process by which the Earth Community is revitalizing itself. [+]

A one-time $5000 scholarship is available to newly admitted students in the Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion Program for Fall 2015.

We live in the midst of one of the greatest transitions in Earth's history. Humanity, having become a planetary force, is now shaping both its own future and the long-term future of millions of species of life. This decisive process occupies the most creative personalities of our time.

One of the most significant recent developments in the engagement of our spiritual traditions in this transformation of consciousness and society. When the moral force of the world's religions combines with the depth understanding of ecology, humanity will find itself in the very center of that profoundly mysterious process by which the Earth Community is revitalizing itself.... [-]


PhD in Inter-Religious Studies

Africa International University
Campus Full time January 2018 Kenya Nairobi

The Doctor of Philosophy in Interreligious Studies is an advanced research-based, highly individualized course of study in a specialized area of religions beyond Master of Arts (or Master of Divinity) in Intercultural Studies (including Missions Studies and World Christianity). [+]

PhD in Inter-religious Studies

The Doctor of Philosophy in Inter-religious Studies is an advanced research-based, highly individualized course of study in a specialized area of religions beyond Master of Arts (or Master of Divinity) in Intercultural Studies (including Missions Studies and World Christianity).

The focus of the programme is to prepare candidates mostly in the African setting for teaching, leadership, and administration in public and private Christian organizations pertaining to critical issues of religions.

This is in view of the growing tension internationally between religious communities in Africa and even beyond, such as Christian-Muslim conflicts around the world. (The programme gives a priority to those applicants who hold a MTh degree in Intercultural Studies with emphasis on any religion (such as Islam), but it also allows even candidates with a Master of Art or Master of Divinity degree in Intercultural Studies or World Christianity to apply for this doctoral programme.)... [-]


PhD in Biblical Studies

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years February 2018 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 specialisation in either OT or NT (or both), building on the specialisation 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 specialisation in either OT or NT (or both), building on the specialisation 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 Research Degrees in Religions and Philosophies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 4 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The SOAS Religions and Philosophies Department offers a vibrant, stimulating, and interdisciplinary research environment. We provide individual research supervision in a wide variety of religious traditions and comparative and interdisciplinary topics. Supervisors are experts in their fields and thoroughly familiar with the religions, cultures, languages, and geographical areas they specialize in. [+]

Research Degrees in Religions and Philosophies

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The SOAS Religions and Philosophies Department offers a vibrant, stimulating, and interdisciplinary research environment. We provide individual research supervision in a wide variety of religious traditions and comparative and interdisciplinary topics. Supervisors are experts in their fields and thoroughly familiar with the religions, cultures, languages, and geographical areas they specialize in.

In addition to individual supervision the Department offers research training at various levels: an obligatory research writing workshop which prepares year 1 MPhil students for their upgrade to the PhD level; a weekly seminar for PhD students in years 2 and 3 to discuss work in progress and receive feedback before submitting their thesis; a departmental research seminar in which both staff and students present papers on their research projects and discuss them in an interdisciplinary setting. Students also have the opportunity to attend seminars, lectures, and conferences offered by the various specialist Centres relating to their particular fields. These centers run regular evening lecture series, workshops, and conferences which host visiting speakers from other universities in Britain, Europe, and globally.... [-]