Doctorate Degrees in Theology

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Theology

A PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is a postgraduate degree that prepares students for higher positions and oftentimes better pay. Students can earn their PhD in a variety of subjects, although it is usually in the same area as their undergraduate studies.

What is a PhD in Theology? This degree program provides students with ministerial training, culturally relevant ministry, and professional and spiritual formation. Scholars will continue to develop their leadership, writing, analytical, and communication skills in the context of theological thought. Programs vary, but curriculum may involve religious text interpretation, history, philosophy, culture, systemic theology, and practical application of the insights that they gain.

Students who pursue a degree in theology develop practical and cognitive tools that affect all areas of life including volunteer efforts, careers, and family development. The passion and energy that their education awakens can help them make positive changes in their lives and for those around them.

The costs associated with earning a theology degree can differ quite a bit from one institution to another. There are theology schools all over the world, and cost factors include school location, duration of the program, and other associated fees. When researching and comparing schools, it is a good idea to contact your favorite ones and ask what the tuition and fees would be.

Individuals who graduate with an advanced degree in theology can choose to take a number of different career paths. Many choose jobs within Christian ministries or missions, and others choose to teach at the high school or undergraduate levels, or be involved with the seminary. Those who have experience or education in other areas may find opportunities in mission agencies, Christian businesses, the not-for-profit sector, and social agencies.

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Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Christian Ministry

Grand Canyon University
Campus Full time September 2019 USA Phoenix Albuquerque Sun City Scottsdale + 2 more

The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program develops the learner’s ability to generate new knowledge and responsibly apply knowledge to achieve high-performing entities that allow organizational employees and followers to grow and develop to their full potential. [+]

The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program develops the learner’s ability to generate new knowledge and responsibly apply knowledge to achieve high-performing entities that allow organizational employees and followers to grow and develop to their full potential.

Learners will study the major bodies of literature in leadership, reflect critically on existing theory, and identify appropriate applications of theory in education, business, and other organizational cultures. Learners will develop academic and organizational research expertise through the study of statistical and research methodologies. The program of study is consistent with Grand Canyon University's mission to develop learners who are global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders. Graduates who earn the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Christian Ministry will advance the study of leadership within the field of Christian ministry with an in-depth research-based approach to facilitate leadership within Christian ministry and society.... [-]


PhD in Wisdom Studies

The Wisdom School at Ubiquity University
Campus Full time September 2019 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.... [-]


Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Wisdom Studies

The Wisdom School at Ubiquity University
Campus Full time September 2019 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 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.... [-]


Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies

Africa International University
Online & Campus Combined Full time 2 years January 2019 Kenya Nairobi

The Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies subscribes to the AIU philosophy of education. However, the distinct needs of doctoral students require additional approaches to learning. [+]

Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies

The Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies subscribes to the AIU philosophy of education.

However, the distinct needs of doctoral students require additional approaches to learning.

Learning is at best holistic, collaborative, personal, sustained development that is contextualized in its matrix culture; in African Society, since group consensus is frequently valued higher than individual opinion, reflection needs to seek new consensus, and the learning community is the natural locus for this to occur.

This program seeks to maximize these characteristics of learning. The Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies curriculum applies this philosophy to the programme.... [-]


PhD in Inter-Religious Studies

Africa International University
Campus Full time January 2019 Kenya Nairobi

The Doctor of Philosophy in Interreligious Studies is an advanced research-based, a 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). [+]

Ph.D. 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 an 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.)... [-]


Doctor Of Ministry

Africa International University
Campus Full time 3 years January 2019 Kenya Nairobi

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced, professional theological degree for pastors and other Christian leaders in the church, non-governmental organizations, and mission communities. [+]

Doctor Of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced, professional theological degree for pastors and other Christian leaders in the church, non-governmental organizations, and mission communities.

In keeping with the vision of AIU-ISAR-NEGST, this program seeks to address itself to the unique needs and opportunities of ministry in the African context.

Designed primarily as in-service continuing education for working pastors, it seeks to integrate the wisdom of ministry experience with the highest levels of theological reflection.

This process involves a series of modular seminars, year-round reading and writing assignments, and mentoring, culminating in a publishable ministry-based research dissertation.... [-]


PhD in Theology

Matej Bel University
Online Campus Part time 4 years September 2019 Slovakia Banská Bystrica + 1 more

Graduates of doctoral study (Doctor of Philosophy in Theology Ph.D.) are competent to carry out conceptual theological and scientific activities and create professional theological work in church theory and practice as well as in building a Christian worldview based on scientific exegesis of the Bible. [+]

Graduates of doctoral study (Doctor of Philosophy in Theology Ph.D.) are competent to carry out conceptual theological and scientific activities and create professional theological work in church theory and practice as well as in building a Christian worldview based on scientific exegesis of the Bible. They are ready to carry out leadership positions in the church, parachurch, and ecumenical institutions and organizations. They can teach theological courses at the university level and professional training of the church and religious organizations staff.

Graduates understand the relationship between the natural sciences, humanities, and theological sciences and are competent to carry out research in theology and related fields. As personalities at the same time educated in science and faith have a wide view on issues of contemporary philosophical-theological and ethical controversies and are able to handle sensitive and controversial public response to ethical and social issues relating to the Christian faith, religion and culture.... [-]


PhD in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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. ... [-]


Phd in theology

L’Université Catholique Du Congo
Campus Full time February 2019 Congo, DR Kinshasa

At the postgraduate level, students may earn the degrees of a Graduate of Advanced Studies in Theology, Doctor of Theology and Associate Professor of Higher Education in Theology. [+]

In 1996, the Standing Committee of the Bishops of the Congo approved a new organization of studies at the Faculty of Theology, which came into force in October of the same year. The reform began with a review of the program of the Department of Theology and Humanities, whose initial twofold objective was the theological formation of religious and lay students who were not destined for the priestly life and the inculturation of the The gospel through the integration, in theological formation, of human sciences attentive to the milieu and cultural traditions.

Without abandoning this double concern, the Standing Committee of Bishops reaffirms that the Church needs the lay people trained in theology, and stresses that the formation of the latter must be the same as for the priests (except, of course, the Matters connected with the priestly ministry). There will be no special program either for the laity or for the priests. For all, he will be the same at all levels: Graduate, License, Diploma of Approfondies (DEA), Doctorate.... [-]


Research Degrees (MPhil/PhD) in Religions and Philosophies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2019 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.... [-]


PhD in Theology

University of Nicosia
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 8 years September 2019 Cyprus Nicosia + 1 more

The University of Nicosia offers Doctoral Program in Theology and Culture, from September 2015. In particular, the program covers the following subjects. [+]

Duration of study (years): 3 years Title of studies: Doctoral degree in Theology Level of Title: Doctorate (3rd Cycle of Studies) Language of instruction: Greek Study Mode: Full-time / Part-time Minimum Credit Units: 90 Minimum European Credit Units (ECTS): 180 Program Description

Purpose and Objectives of the Program

The University of Nicosia offers Doctoral Program in Theology and Culture, from September 2015. In particular, the program covers the following subjects:

Biblical Studies Ecclesiastical History (General, Greece, Cyprus, Patriarchates, Slavic churches etc.) Patrology and Hagiology Dogmatic, inter-Orthodox and inter-Christian Dialogue Pedagogy, Philosophy of Education, Christian Education and Multimedia Pastoral, Missionary Christian Ethics, Sociology, Ecology and Bioethics Christian Worship, Hymnology and Art Normal and Ecclesiastical Law Religious and Interfaith Dialogue ... [-]

Doctor of Ministry

Biola University
Campus Full time 6 years September 2019 USA Los Angeles

The world is changing and expectations are rising. Yesterday's solutions don't seem to be working and it is tough to know what to do next. Don't panic. Talbot can help. We want to help you refresh, renew and retool for where God is calling you to ministry. [+]

Doctor of Ministry

The world is changing and expectations are rising. Yesterday's solutions don't seem to be working and it is tough to know what to do next. Don't panic. Talbot can help. We want to help you refresh, renew and retool for where God is calling you to ministry. Our goal is not to press you into our mold, but to help you be all that God has called and gifted you to be. Talbot's Doctor of Ministry degree is not intended as a research or academic degree but is designed to help participants develop their skills and understanding to the fullest extent in the parish, parachurch, or missionary service. The D.Min. degree is similar to a J.D. or M.D. in that it provides students with a practical education for working with people, rather than a purely research-oriented approach. The D.Min. degree is designed for those working in a full-time ministry capacity. The residency portion of the program is designed to be completed in three years. You will be in the classroom for two consecutive weeks every year for three years. People come from all over the world to participate in this program. Our proximity to Los Angeles makes us accessible from anywhere. The cost of the program is reasonable and designed to fit into your budget. We want to help you make your maximum impact in ministry. If this is what you want. . .read on.... [-]