26 PhD Programs in 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 spirit… Read more

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.

You don’t have to wait any longer to find the right school for a theology education. Use our database to 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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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
September 2020
Online
 
Florida Christian University
Orlando , USA

This program will equip the student to know the methods of qualitative, historical, and practical theological research, to grow in understanding of the biblical, historical an ... +

This program will equip the student to know the methods of qualitative, historical, and practical theological research, to grow in understanding of the biblical, historical and theological warrants for contemporary ministerial practice and to develop effectiveness in the expository communication of Scripture, through oral and written media. -
PhD
Full-time
English, Portuguese, Spanish
September 2020
Campus
 
Pan Africa Christian University
Nairobi , Kenya + 1 More

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 ... +

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. -
PhD
Full-time
English
January 2020
Campus
 
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco , USA

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

Our program aims to help students cultivate the knowledge and wisdom to respond to the contemporary ecological crisis from integral and transdisciplinary perspectives. -
PhD
Full-time
English
September 2020
Campus
 
Matej Bel University
Banská Bystrica , Slovakia

Graduates of doctoral study (Doctor of Philosophy in Theology Ph.D.) are competent to carry out conceptual theological and scientific activities and create professional theolo ... +

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. -
PhD
Part-time
4 years
English
September 2020
15 Jun 2016
Campus
Online
 
Wycliffe College
Toronto , Canada

The Ph.D. program trains candidates to carry out innovative research. Successful candidates qualify to teach theological (and related) subjects in universities, liberal arts c ... +

The Ph.D. program trains candidates to carry out innovative research. Successful candidates qualify to teach theological (and related) subjects in universities, liberal arts colleges, and theological schools. Candidates are also equipped for positions of leadership in ecclesiastical and related organizations, or for academically enhanced ministerial practice. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
08 Sep 2020
13 Dec 2019
Campus
 
Charles University Hussite Theological Faculty
Prague , Czech Republic

The doctoral study program “Theology”, the branch of study “Jewish studies” with a standard length of study of four years prepares students for independent scientific research ... +

The doctoral study program “Theology”, the branch of study “Jewish studies” with a standard length of study of four years prepares students for independent scientific research and independent creative activities in the area of Jewish studies. The branch of study enables students to specialize in their profession according to his or her individual study plan. The branch of study develops an intellectual legacy of Jewish studies and applies that in the contemporary religious situation of Judaism. The subject of the studies is Jewish history and culture, synagogue liturgy, Jewish religious philosophy, rabbi literature, reading and interpretation of selected texts of Babylonian Talmud and Hebrew language of rabbi texts. The goal of the studies is a scientific preparation of first-rate experts that are capable of independent scientific work in the area of Jewish studies. The branch is not nationally or confessionally defined but interprets Judaism as a religious phenomenon in the historical contexts overlapping into present problems. Learning about the spiritual values of Judaism enables students to deepen their understanding of Christianity, primarily its ethics. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
October 2020
30 Apr 2019
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Bogotá , Colombia + 1 More

The Doctorate in Theology is at the top of the entire academic curriculum of the faculty, which is why the faculty itself and the Department of Theology put the best of themse ... +

The Doctorate in Theology is at the top of the entire academic curriculum of the faculty, which is why the faculty itself and the Department of Theology put the best of themselves at the disposal of this program. The doctorate is structured on criteria of high research and on the axes of a doctorate qualification and a research project. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
6 semesters
Spanish
January 2020
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom + 1 More

The SOAS Religions and Philosophies Department offers a vibrant, stimulating, and interdisciplinary research environment. We provide individual research supervision in a wide ... +

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 specialise in. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg , South Africa

The DLitt et Phil (Biblical Studies) programme is a research programme, comprising predominantly theoretical work, and normally does not require work-based learning or vocatio ... +

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. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
January 2020
Campus
 
Charles University Protestant Theological Faculty
Prague , Czech Republic

The purpose of doctoral studies in the field of Practical and Ecumenical Theology and Theological Ethics is for students to cultivate, in the usual way for advanced studies, t ... +

The purpose of doctoral studies in the field of Practical and Ecumenical Theology and Theological Ethics is for students to cultivate, in the usual way for advanced studies, their ability to think theologically and to deepen their knowledge of the theological tradition in its ecumenical, practical, and ethical dimensions on an expert level. Students learn to critically analyze and reflect on the knowledge acquired and methods used in their field and to interpret them both in their own specific contexts and in the interdisciplinary settings of contemporary scholarly knowledge. Depending on the subject of their dissertation project, their studies are focused on the relevant specialization in the field of ecumenical or practical theology (for example, homiletics, catechetics, poimenics, practical ecclesiology, hymnology, or missiology), or on theological ethics or Christian social work (diaconia). At the same time, however, they retain the appropriate breadth of vision and interdisciplinary orientation that pertains to all branches of theology. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English, German
October 2020
30 Apr 2019
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Avondale College of Higher Education
Cooranbong , Australia + 1 More

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is a complete, stand-alone degree that is an internationally recognized doctoral degree. It is designed for students to develop advanced skill ... +

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is a complete, stand-alone degree that is an internationally recognized doctoral degree. It is designed for students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
August 2020
Campus
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
Online & Campus Combined
Part-time
English
February 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Acadia Divinity College
Wolfville , Canada

We invite you to join us at Acadia to gain the energy, skills, and depth you need for the long-haul in ministry and to sharpen your effectiveness as a Christian leader. Take s ... +

We invite you to join us at Acadia to gain the energy, skills, and depth you need for the long-haul in ministry and to sharpen your effectiveness as a Christian leader. Take some time and explore this site, and then contact us so we can discuss how we can support you in fulfilling your call as a ministry leader for today’s world. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
September 2020
Campus
 
L’Université Catholique Du Congo
Kinshasa , Congo, DR

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 Theol ... +

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. -
PhD
Full-time
French
February 2020
Campus