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9 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 th… Read more

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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California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, USA

The Ph.D. East-West Psychology program offers a global approach to the exploration and study of psychology and spirituality. Students are encouraged to become thought leaders ... +

The Ph.D. East-West Psychology program offers a global approach to the exploration and study of psychology and spirituality. Students are encouraged to become thought leaders in cross-cultural relations that are rooted in ancient spiritual traditions. Graduates create positive and sustainable paradigms in global and personal change. -
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Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 
Ubiquity University
USA Online, USA

The DMin degree is one of the professional doctorates. Like an MD (Doctor of Medicine), a JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence), EdD (Doctor of Education), or DBA (Doctor of Business), ... +

The DMin degree is one of the professional doctorates. Like an MD (Doctor of Medicine), a JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence), EdD (Doctor of Education), or DBA (Doctor of Business), a DMin is specific to the pastoral and therapeutic communities. It arose originally for ministers seeking a doctoral degree but who were less interested in the pure research required for a PhD than in applied research in areas of healing, therapy, spiritual growth and counseling where the dissertation was in an area they were seeking to apply in their professional work. Upon completion of Ubiquity’s Doctor of Ministry program, you will be awarded the title “Doctor of Ministry.” This is one of the highest honors society bestows and indicates respect and acknowledgement for an expertise that the larger community can count on for integrity and professional competence. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2021
Online
 
Sofia University
Palo Alto, USA

Our program combines experiential learning with a serious academic inquiry and our graduates become transpersonal scholars, transpersonally-oriented therapists and healers, tr ... +

Our program combines experiential learning with a serious academic inquiry and our graduates become transpersonal scholars, transpersonally-oriented therapists and healers, transformative educators, and change agents in various social and organizational contexts. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 

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International University For Graduate Studies - IUGS
Portsmouth, Dominica

Christian Counselling and Spiritual Direction

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PhD
Part-time
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Holos University Graduate Seminary
Fair Grove, USA

The PIH program prepares the student for chaplain duties that support people travelling the healing journeys in various healthcare system facets such as clinic, assisted livin ... +

The PIH program prepares the student for chaplain duties that support people travelling the healing journeys in various healthcare system facets such as clinic, assisted living, hospice, and hospital settings. As a student in the PIH track, you will learn the language of health care, the environments where health care takes place, and how to integrate your support to individuals and their families. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2021
Online
 
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, USA

Interdisciplinary scholars wishing to engage in a rigorous study of ecology and religion study with faculty renowned for their cutting edge approaches. Students will investiga ... +

Interdisciplinary scholars wishing to engage in a rigorous study of ecology and religion study with faculty renowned for their cutting edge approaches. Students will investigate the role of worldviews, philosophies, and religions in understanding and responding to global challenges. Doctoral students in our program develop advanced research, writing, and inquiry skills to prepare them for roles in higher education and public sector leadership. -
PhD
Full-time
2 years
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, USA

Our Ph.D. degree in Philosophy and Religion with a Concentration in Women's Spirituality is designed for students who seek to deepen their knowledge in the emergent academic f ... +

Our Ph.D. degree in Philosophy and Religion with a Concentration in Women's Spirituality is designed for students who seek to deepen their knowledge in the emergent academic field of women's spirituality, especially as it relates to philosophy and religion, women's studies, and ethnic studies. Students develop advanced skills in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary women's spirituality research and writing and are prepared to make an original contribution to the field. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 
Ubiquity University
USA Online, USA

Our Ph.D. Degree is the most rigorous degree we offer, requiring completion of 24 semester credits plus 36 credits attained for the doctoral dissertation and a formal defense ... +

Our Ph.D. Degree is the most rigorous degree we offer, requiring completion of 24 semester credits plus 36 credits attained for the doctoral dissertation and a formal defense of the dissertation in an Oral Examination at the conclusion of the dissertation process. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2021
Online
 
International University For Graduate Studies - IUGS
Portsmouth, Dominica

The Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy programmes in Parapsychology seek to provide evidenced-based instruction and opportunities for significant research to mature indiv ... +

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. -
PhD
Part-time
English
Sep 2021
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 

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