Doctorate Degrees in Spirituality

Compare 7 PhD Programs in Spirituality

A PhD, or Doctor of Philosophy, is one of the highest degrees available. The focus of independent research is intended to contribute new knowledge aimed at solving real-world problems. Most programs take four years to complete. A thesis, dissertation or project is a requirement for completion.

What is a PhD in Spirituality? It explores some of the big questions and the sacred central to many of those questions. Coursework look at not only spiritual practices but the role they play in people’s lives. There are many different types of specialties one can pursue within the field of spirituality. Students may choose an emphasis in pastoral counseling, Christianity, psychology or women’s studies. Individuals may study the role spirituality has on people’s health among other topics.

Graduates with a PhD in Spirituality usually have advanced skills in management and organization as well as written and oral communication. These attributes can benefit a person when pursuing a career or in different aspects of their personal life.

The costs of earning a PhD in Spirituality can vary according to institution and program. Funding may be available to students. Prospective students should find a program that suits their needs and contact the office of admissions for a breakdown of tuition rates and fees.

There are many job options for graduates with a PhD in Spirituality. Students may pursue a career as a spiritual psychologist, spirituality counselor, theologian, or spiritual healer. They can be prepared for advanced research, writing or teaching in a university setting. Graduates may also be qualified for positions like an executive director at a religious school, a social worker, a Bible translator, a fund-raising specialist or a writer or reporter.

There can be opportunities for studying for a PhD in Spirituality online, though many programs may have an on-campus aspect. 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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Doctorate in Parapsychology

International University For Graduate Studies - IUGS
Online & Campus Combined Part time September 2018 Dominica Portsmouth

The Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy programmes in Parapsychology seek to provide evidenced-based instruction and opportunities for significant research to mature individuals with a clear interest in understanding complex, often misrepresented and misunderstood phenomena of human life. [+]

The Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy programmes in Parapsychology seek to provide evidenced-based instruction and opportunities for significant research to mature individuals with a clear interest in understanding complex, often misrepresented and misunderstood phenomena of human life. These phenomena visions, intuitions, beliefs in so-called psychic phenomena, in survival beyond bodily death, in reincarnation and so on have been foundational to many spiritual and secular philosophies of life, not to mention essential to the debate between materialism and spirituality, and to what it means to be human.

These Programmes will be taught with required online courses, followed by a dissertation or thesis. In addition, a Postgraduate Certificate and as well as a Post-Doctoral Diploma are offered without the dissertation or thesis requirements.... [-]


Doctorate in Christian Counselling and Spiritual Direction

International University For Graduate Studies - IUGS
Campus Part time September 2018 Dominica Portsmouth

Christian Counselling and Spiritual Direction [+]

Philosophy

The primary mission of the educational programmes in Christian Counselling and Spiritual Direction coursework is:

To develop competent, critical reviewers and well-informed researchers, professors, and clinicians; To enhance and promote a comprehensive basis for teaching, researching and practicing Christian Counselling and Spiritual Direction; To promote systems that respect the diversity of client populations as well as approaches to research, teaching and clinical practice; To advance the body of academic literature within the field through the promotion of research outcomes and analysis, research and clinical ethics, teaching and clinical effectiveness, special populations, evidence-based practice, and mental health concerns; To inculcate excellence and critical thinking within the field. Outcomes ... [-]

PhD in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion

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

Our program aims to help students cultivate the knowledge and wisdom to respond to the contemporary ecological crisis from integral and transdisciplinary perspectives. [+]

Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion PhD

The ecological challenges of the 21st century represent a crisis of values and consciousness. The pace of global change calls for an understanding of the process by which humanity came to this crossroads in planetary history. Graduate study in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion allows students to cultivate the knowledge and wisdom to respond to the ecological crisis from integral and transdisciplinary perspectives.

Our program is centered in nurturing a community engaged in revitalizing the human relationship to the earth and exploring intersections of eco-spirituality, eco-justice, indigenous traditions, and eco-feminism. The world's religious and spiritual traditions offer deep insight into the human condition, along with profound teachings about how humans should relate to one another and to the environment. Students gain skills and insight to transform practices, worldviews, and consciousness in the service of a more just, sustainable, and flourishing planetary future. Core faculty are founders in the field of religion and ecology, shaping global dialogue linking spirituality and cosmology with ecology and sustainability.... [-]


PhD in East-West Psychology

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA San Francisco + 1 more

Our program is a learning community where psychological and spiritual traditions of the East, West, and Indigenous cultures from around the world meet to converse and transform each other. [+]

East-West Psychology PhD

The East-West Psychology Department (EWP) offers a global approach to the exploration and study of psychology and spirituality. EWP is an academic hub in which Western psychology and wisdom traditions from around the world come into conversation to create new knowledge.

EWP students acquire forward-looking professional skills that are rooted in ancient spiritual traditions. Courses are cross-disciplinary and include academic inquiry of systems, spiritual traditions, and psychological teachings

EWP offers the following paths of study:

Ph.D. in East-West Psychology

Master of Arts in East-West Psychology

Accelerated Tracks: BA to MA or MA to PhD... [-]


PhD in Women’s Spirituality

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

Women’s Spirituality is a transdisciplinary program that prepares graduates to be change-makers who are guided by a sense of meaning, purpose, and vision. [+]

PhD in Philosophy and Religion with Concentration in Women's Spirituality

Founded in 1992 by internationally known trailblazers in the women's spirituality movement, the Women's Spirituality program offers an interdisciplinary, multicultural, decolonial feminist approach to the study of spirituality and religion. Our curriculum incorporates scholarship from women/gender studies, ethnic studies, religious studies, philosophy, religion, and related fields. We are the first Ph.D. granting graduate program in the United States to integrate a study of the sacred feminine with an examination of contemporary social, political, and ecological issues.

Our program honors the spiritual impulse to redress the suppression of the sacred feminine and the oppression of women. We join with those who seek to end the exploitation of marginalized social groups and address the suffering of the Earth and its many species. ... [-]


Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Wisdom Studies

The Wisdom School at Ubiquity University
Campus Full time September 2018 USA USA Online

The DMin Program includes 40-semester credits plus a dissertation that should be completed within a period of five years from initiation of the study. Extensions for a variety of personal, family and professional reasons are allowed. We are mindful that all our students are professionals with numerous obligations and responsibilities, and we are prepared to work with each student to ensure that there is enough time to complete the course of study and the dissertation. [+]

Admissions Requirements

Students must have a Masters degree or its equivalency. An equivalency consists of documented training beyond a bachelor’s degree that is equivalent in hours and requirements to a Masters Degree.

A completed Ubiquity University Admissions Application must be filed with the Office of Admissions.

Students are encouraged to belong to an academic research library in the area in which they live. Degree Requirements

The DMin Program includes 40-semester credits plus a dissertation that should be completed within a period of five years from initiation of the study. Extensions for a variety of personal, family and professional reasons are allowed. We are mindful that all our students are professionals with numerous obligations and responsibilities, and we are prepared to work with each student to ensure that there is enough time to complete the course of study and the dissertation. Applications for Continuation must be submitted to the Dean of Doctoral Studies when a student requires additional time over the five years.... [-]


PhD in Wisdom Studies

The Wisdom School at Ubiquity University
Campus Full time September 2018 USA USA Online

Our Ph.D. Degree is the most rigorous degree we offer, requiring completion of 48-semester credits and a formal defense of the dissertation in an Oral Examination at the conclusion of the dissertation process. [+]

Our Ph.D. Degree is the most rigorous degree we offer, requiring completion of 48-semester credits and a formal defense of the dissertation in an Oral Examination at the conclusion of the dissertation process.

The Ph.D. degree is generally considered a research degree and is typically sought by those who aspire to reach the highest level of scholarly research in a particular area of interest. It requires an extensive literature review and the dissertation must be an original contribution to the field of inquiry. At the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies, we also emphasize the need for both head and heart in equal measure in all of our degrees, including the Ph.D. This is an important point because the head-heart continuum is a central aspect of our approach to learning and is incorporated in all of our programs. All of our Intensives, like all of our degree programs, challenge the student to balance head, heart, body, and soul. The Ph.D. is not an exception to this, but its chief exemplification.... [-]