Doctorate Degrees in Theology

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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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PhD in Women’s Spirituality

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

The Women's Spirituality program is located at the intersection of Women/Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, and Religion. Our program honors the spiritual impulse to redress the suppression of the sacred feminine and the oppression of women. [+]

PhDs in Theology. PhD in Philosophy and Religion with Concentration in Women's Spirituality The Women's Spirituality program is located at the intersection of Women/Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, and Religion. 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. Our faculty is internationally known and includes many pioneers in the interdisciplinary field of Women’s Spirituality. Overview Founded by internationally known trailblazers in the women's spirituality movement, this doctoral program is located at the intersection of women/gender studies, ethnic studies, religious studies, and philosophy. Through evening and weekend classes, online courses, and a semi-distance option, the program offers you a flexible format that allows you to integrate your studies with your professional and/or family life. Our PhD program: Offers you rigorous academic training that is grounded in transdisciplinary, spiritual, and feminist methodologies Prepares you to conduct original research in one of the following areas: Women in World Religions; Feminist and Ecofeminist Philosophy and Activism; and Women's Mysteries, Sacred Arts, and Healing Provides a community of engaged scholars who are taking leadership on national and global issues related to women, gender, ecology, and spirituality Your doctoral dissertation makes an original contribution to cross-disciplinary scholarship in this emergent field. Areas of Emphasis for the PhD in Philosophy and Religion with a Concentration in Women's Spirituality Women and World... [-]

PhD in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

One of the most significant recent developments is 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 is 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. OUR MISSION Numerous interlocking ecological crises, including mass extinction of species, climate change, desertification, and poverty, mark the 21st century as a time of unprecedented change and challenge. This ecological devastation calls forth scientific, economic, and policy responses. Yet such standard responses often appear inadequate to the scope of the crisis. Many leading thinkers have come to understand that the ecological crisis represents a crisis of human consciousness, and requires fundamental revisioning of cultural values. The pace of global change calls for an understanding of the process by which humanity came to this crossroads in planetary history. It also calls for more enlightened ways of thinking and being in the world. The world's religious and spiritual traditions offer deep insight into the human condition, along... [-]

Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies

Africa International University
Online & Campus Combined Full time 2 years January 2018 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. [+]

PhDs in Theology. 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. Individual students pursue their learning within a learning community. Students may be admitted in cohorts or as individuals and each cohort, and individuals together with the faculty will form a collaborative learning community during the period of study. Students’ ideas and reflections on issues are discussed and sharpened as they plan and do the research and dissertation during the dissertation cycle. Given the mission of AIU, the program seeks to cultivate and form leaders who engage in theological reflection integrated with social sciences so that theory may inform practice and vice-versa. This integration of theology and social sciences empowers the learners to be able to scrutinize contemporary theological discourses and help African Christians to developed contextual theologies and theological models that fit their contexts, respond to them constructively, and suggest alternatives rooted in fresh examinations of the biblical and theological texts and analysis of African... [-]

Doctor Of Ministry

Africa International University
Campus Full time 3 years January 2018 Kenya Nairobi

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced, professional theological degree for pastors and other Christian leaders in 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 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. Distinctive values of the Doctor of Ministry 1.MISSIONAL --The D.Min program focuses on equipping Christian leaders in church, non-governmental organizations, and mission communities to confidently, to constructively, and to effectively carry out the mission of the gospel of Jesus Christ in an increasingly inter-connected world. We believe we must reconfigure leaders into reflective practitioners who understand the complexities of this inter-connected world and know how to engage it for the sake of the mission of the gospel 2.THEOLOGICAL -- The degree program seeks to cultivate and form Christian leaders who engage in theological reflection that informs practice and vice-versa. We call this type of theologically aware leader a “reflective practitioner.” These leaders possess a “thick understanding” of African and global culture and the “mission of God.” 3.IN-SERVICE or MID-CAREER TRAINING: The D.Min. is “In-Service or Mid-Career” training, and therefore deliberately experientially grounded education. Both instructors and learners bring a background that... [-]

Phd Theology

University of Nicosia
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2017 Greece Athens Cyprus Nicosia + 3 more

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

PhDs in Theology. Duration (years): 3 years Qualification Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy in Theology Level of Qualification: 3rd Cycle (Doctorate Degree) Language of Instruction: Greek Mode of Study: Full-time or Part-time Minimum Credits: 90 Minimum ECTS Credits: 180 Profile of the Programme: PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME 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 More specifically, the program states: In cultivation of critical thinking and the acquisition of skills approach to sources of science and their authentic interpretation by successful, modern methods of content analysis. Supply students with a variety of tools for conducting original work, which will help to research for the enrichment and advancement of the science of theology, of edu- cation and culture. In the study of the history and tradition of the place while deepening the study of the monuments, and highlight their importance for cultural continuity in the present and in the future. In examining the economic crisis and the current challenges in the field of Ecology and Bioethics, and the role of church ministry about them. In the study and deepening of the sources, but also to research on inter-Orthodox,... [-]

PhD in Jewish Studies

Charles University Hussite Theological Faculty
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

A doctoral graduate is equipped with a thorough knowledge of the field of Jewish Studies and of the history of his/her field and is familiar with current trends in the field. He/she is capable of making new findings, analyse them, reflect on them critically and interpret them in their specific and interdisciplinary contexts. [+]

One-round (two parts, neither of which is “knock-out”) Conducted in English language. 1. Oral interview concerning the dissertation proposal. Subject material will be the dissertation proposal. The content-related and formal aspects of the proposal will be assessed, as well as the candidate’s ability to present and defend his/her intended research in a critical discussion. The maximum possible score is 60 points. 2. Oral interview concerning the candidate’s specialisation. The scope and profile of the candidate’s specialised interest, the level of knowledge of the subject of Hussite theology in the scope of a final university examination. The maximum possible score for this part of the entrance examination is 40 points. The maximum possible score for both parts of the entrance examination is 100 points. Entrance examination waiver: impossible. Conditions for admission Only candidates who have duly completed their studies on a master’s study programme or follow-on master’s programme, presented a certificate proving knowledge of the Greek or Latin or Hebrew language at the level of a final university examination or a classification credit for Hussite Theology, scored at least 75 points and also have been placed in a ranking corresponding with the pre-defined maximum number of places will be admitted. Information on the exercise of graduates A doctoral graduate is equipped with a thorough knowledge of the field of Jewish Studies and of the history of his/her field and is familiar with current trends in the field. He/she is capable of making new findings, analyse them, reflect on them critically and... [-]

PhD in Practical and Ecumenical Theology and Theological Ethics

Charles University Protestant Theological Faculty
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

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. [+]

PhDs in Theology. 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 analyse 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 specialisation 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. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria On the basis of their fully completely and properly submitted application form, applicants are invited to an entrance interview, where they must defend the proposal for their research project before the branch council and gain approval for their individual study plan. On the basis of the recommendation of the branch council the Dean of the Faculty decides on whether they will be admitted to study. Conditions for admission Completion of studies at Master’s level, successful defence of proposal for the research project before the branch... [-]

PhD in Historical and Systematic Theology

Charles University Protestant Theological Faculty
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

The purpose of doctoral studies in the field of Historical and Systematic Theology 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 historical and systematic dimensions on an expert level. [+]

The purpose of doctoral studies in the field of Historical and Systematic Theology 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 historical and systematic dimensions on an expert level. Students learn to critically analyse 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 a specific specialised field of historical or systematic theology (for example, church history, the history of dogma, systematic theology, or dogmatics), but at the same time they retain the appropriate breadth of vision and interdisciplinary orientation that pertains to all branches of theology. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria On the basis of their fully completely and properly submitted application form, applicants are invited to an entrance interview, where they must defend the proposal for their research project before the branch council and gain approval for their individual study plan. On the basis of the recommendation of the branch council the Dean of the Faculty decides on whether they will be admitted to study. Conditions for admission Completion of studies at Master’s level, successful defence of proposal for the research project before the branch council and approval of the individual study plan by the branch council. Recommended literature, sample questions... [-]

PhD in Philosophy of Religion

Charles University Protestant Theological Faculty
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

The purpose of doctoral studies in the field of Philosophy of Religion is for students to cultivate, in the usual way for advanced studies, their ability to examine, using philosophical tools and approaches, religious phenomena and issues relating to the religious dimension of human culture, including theological thought and its traditions. [+]

PhDs in Theology. The purpose of doctoral studies in the field of Philosophy of Religion is for students to cultivate, in the usual way for advanced studies, their ability to examine, using philosophical tools and approaches, religious phenomena and issues relating to the religious dimension of human culture, including theological thought and its traditions. Students learn to reflect critically on these approaches and their results and to interpret them both in their specific context and within the framework of current academic knowledge. In direct connection with its multidisciplinary nature, this study programme develops the skills necessary for analysing complex issues, and students learn to combine various specialist perspectives and discourses in evaluating specific findings and testing hypotheses, while at the same time ensuring that the methods used are appropriate, the thinking is precise, and complex or controversial problems are expressed clearly. The study programme not only leads to the acquisition of expert knowledge and skills, but also develops the ability to understand views, concepts, teachings and theories that are non-traditional or differ from one’s own, cultivates argumentative approaches to critical debate, and refines the ability to evaluate oneself and to formulate one’s own opinion or position. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria shrink On the basis of their fully completely and properly submitted application form, applicants are invited to an entrance interview, where they must defend the proposal for their research project before the branch council and gain approval for their individual study plan. On the basis of... [-]

Doctor of Ministry

Trinity International University
Campus Full time Part time 4 - 6 years September 2017 USA Deerfield Dolton Davie Santa Ana + 4 more

Be equipped for greater ministry effectiveness. Our Doctor of Ministry invites men and women to step deeper into study of the Word, to broaden their perspectives on ministry practices, and to join with a global community of ministry practitioners in dialogue and study for the sake of the Gospel. [+]

Be equipped for greater ministry effectiveness. Our Doctor of Ministry invites men and women to step deeper into study of the Word, to broaden their perspectives on ministry practices, and to join with a global community of ministry practitioners in dialogue and study for the sake of the Gospel. The program is flexibly designed to fit the schedule and needs of full-time ministry professionals. Our Doctor of Ministry serves the church of the living God by strengthening the professional competence of persons in ministerial leadership through integration of advanced theory with contemporary practice. It is a professional program intended for persons who are in full-time vocational Christian ministry, such as pastors & pastoral staff, chaplains, Christian educators, missionaries, workers in parachurch organizations, and evangelists, both domestic and international. Where can this degree take me? The DMin is designed to enhance the professional competence of those already engaged in full-time ministry; it is an in-service program, enabling sutdents to complete the degree while taking minimal time away. As such, this degree’s purpose is one of deepening one’s current vocation rather than preparation for a future career. What will I study? DMin courses are all offered in one-week intensive class sessions (it’s not designed to be a residential program) offered on the Deerfield campus in March, July, and November. These courses are preceded by personal study and followed by a project that applies the coursework to the student’s ministry. Exceptions to the nonresidential nature of the program are occasionally made; talk to... [-]

PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy (PMFT)

Pan Africa Christian University
Campus Full time January 2018 Kenya Nairobi

The PhD 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. [+]

PhDs in Theology. PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy (PMFT) Introduction The PhD 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 is believed to occur in an academic community of trust that practices justice, peace and human dignity. Goals of the Program To ensure quality higher education within a faithfully Christian learning environment that facilitates professional training and personal development. To prepare highly competent and top systemic scholars, educators, clinicians, consultants and researchers in the field of marriage and family therapy. To prepare marriage and family therapists who are self-reflective, ethically knowledgeable, culturally sensitive and clinically competent practitioners To train MFTs to bring a systemic perspective and clinical skill set to the mental health and therapeutic communities in Kenya and beyond. To develop a network of professionals whose work is sensitive to culture, gender, power, and inclusive of individual, family, and societal relations. Admission Requirements A Masters Degree, from an accredited University, in Systemic Family Therapy, Counselling Psychology, or other related mental... [-]

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.) Goal of the programme The PhD in Inter-religious Studies is driven by a growing need to prepare, at the highest level, Christian practitioners, teachers, and researchers for public and private institutions of higher learning and research with regard to world religions and inter-religious relations. After successfully completing the training through the programme, they will also be able in turn to help regional or local religious practitioners and institutional teachers of religions with theories and practices from current knowledge and research in world religions and inter-religious affairs. It is also expected that they will provide guidelines for critical issues and conflicts... [-]

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. [+]

PhDs in Theology. 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. Contact details Name: Prof L Nortjé-Meyer Tel: 011 559 2733 / Email: lilynm@uj.ac.za [-]

PhD Research Degrees in Religions and Philosophies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 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 specialise in. [+]

Research Degrees in Religions and Philosophies 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. 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 centres run regular evening lecture series, workshops, and conferences which host visiting speakers from other universities in Britain, Europe, and globally. As you think about commencing your PhD with us, we invite you to contact a potential supervisor in your area of interest, ideally with a first draft of your project proposal. This member of staff will then advise you on your project and on any questions you might have before making your application. Further Information Research areas and expertise of our academic staff Current PhD research projects and previous thesis titles Procedural... [-]

PhD in Theology

Matej Bel University
Campus or Online Part time 4 years September 2017 Slovakia Banská Bystrica

Graduates of doctoral study (Doctor of Philosophy in Theology PhD) 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. [+]

PhDs in Theology. Graduates of doctoral study (Doctor of Philosophy in Theology PhD) 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 a 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. Graduates who are awarded the PhD in Theology are prepared to engage in theological research and publish original work. These individuals are able to shape a Christian worldview informed by biblical interpretation. Research activities at the Department of Theology and Christian Education are focused on areas which affect the impact of Christianity on the individual and society as it pertains to life in the church but also outside the church. [-]