Doctorate Degrees in Theology

Compare 22 PhD Programs in Theology

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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Doctor of Ministry

Trinity International University
Campus Full time Part time 4 - 6 years September 2019 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 a 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 the 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 the integration of advanced theory with contemporary practice.

It is a professional program intended for persons who are in full-time vocational Christian ministries, such as pastors & pastoral staff, chaplains, Christian educators, missionaries, workers in parachurch organizations, and evangelists, both domestic and international.... [-]


Doctor of Philosophy

Avondale College of Higher Education
Online Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years August 2019 Australia Cooranbong Wahroonga + 3 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 skills in carrying out independent and sustained research. [+]

Doctor of Philosophy Course Overview

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. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to knowledge in the area of research.

The course is unique in that it is delivered within Avondale’s Christian education framework. Students of the Doctor of Philosophy degree will develop critical thinking skills, ethical scholarship, and attitudes that are conducive to personal and collective involvement.... [-]


Doctorate in Parapsychology

International University For Graduate Studies - IUGS
Online & Campus Combined Part time February 2019 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 February 2019 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 ... [-]

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.... [-]


Doctor of Ministry Program (D.Min.)

Anderson University South Carolina
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time September 2019 USA Anderson Colombia Ibagué Greenville + 3 more

The D.Min. in Biblical Preaching is designed to help pastors and church leaders enhance their preaching and leadership skills. [+]

Doctor of Ministry Program

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Biblical Preaching is a program designed to help pastors and church leaders take their preaching and leadership to the next level. Students will participate in a series of seminars and a directed ministry project to enhance their understanding of biblical preaching and to further develop their preaching gifts.The Doctor of Ministry is a professional doctoral degree focused primarily on the practice of ministry. The educational experiences in the D.Min. program at Anderson University will be delivered through a hybrid approach, involving independent and online study, three week-long seminars (two on campus, one in a selected city), three event-based seminars, and development and implementation of a significant ministry project and subsequent dissertation. The student will be expected to plan, carry out and evaluate the project at a level appropriate for a doctoral degree candidate.... [-]


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 ... [-]

PhD in Biblical Studies

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years February 2019 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 specialization in either OT or NT (or both), building on the specialization level already reached on Master’s level. [+]

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.

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.... [-]


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 Inter-Religious Dialogue and Diplomacy / Interfaith Studies

EUCLID (Euclid University)
Online Full time Part time 2 - 4  Open Enrollment USA Washington Gambia Gambia Online + 3 more

A specialized online Ph.D. offered by an intergovernmental university with recognized expertise in interfaith studies.

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HIGHLIGHTS:

The DIRD (and DIFS) are unique programs in the sense that they are actually offered by an intergovernmental organization with a university charter and an additional mandate in inter-religious dialogue and diplomacy. Notably, EUCLID is the only university which has received the first prize of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, presented by H.M. King Abdullah of Jordan (photo below).

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

EUCLID offers several closely related but nevertheless distinct graduate programs:

DIRD: Ph.D. in Interreligious Dialogue and Diplomacy DIFS: Ph.D. in Interfaith Studies DCRel/DCCTh: PhD in Comparative Religion / Comparative Christian Theology

This page focuses on the DIRD: EUCLID’s Ph.D. in Inter-Religious Dialogue and Diplomacy, the umbrella program designed to train diplomats, government officials and civil servants in this complex and specialized field. These programs, delivered 100% online, exist to prepare government officials, social workers, clergy, theologians and faculty members to successfully and constructively engage in inter-religious dialogue and diplomacy. This program assumes a strong interest in religion, spirituality, theology, critical thinking, academic research and global affairs. Furthermore, it is open to students from all religious backgrounds including non-believers, although its focus may be of special interest to Muslims and Christians since it was—to an extent—developed in response to the “Common Word” initiative. However, it does assume the following:... [-]


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

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.... [-]