Doctorate in Theology in North America

Compare PhD Programs in Theology in North America 2018

Theology

Requirements for the PhD program often involve the student having already obtained a Master’s degree. Additionally, a thesis or dissertation primarily consisting of original academic research must be submitted. In some countries, this work may even need to be defended in front of a panel.

More than just a study of one religion, theology generally covers a variety of religious and philosophical traditions, seeking a better understanding of the divine. While it can be studied in order to enter a particular religious order, it also provides students with an understanding of people’s beliefs in general.

From indigenous civilizations to modern day empires, North America has plenty of hands-on educational opportunities to offer scholars. Filled with a range of distinct cultures, students can educate themselves in well-rounded way.

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Doctor of Ministry

Trinity International University
Campus Full time Part time 4 - 6 years September 2018 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 Worship Studies

Liberty University Online
Online Full time September 2018 USA Lynchburg

Liberty University’s Doctor of Worship Studies online program is ideal for those who are actively involved in ministry and who desire to explore the theory behind worship theology. Areas of study include corporate worship, ethnodoxology, balanced worship, growth and development of the worship pastor, and thesis writing. [+]

Liberty University’s Doctor of Worship Studies online program is ideal for those who are actively involved in ministry and who desire to explore the theory behind worship theology. Areas of study include corporate worship, ethnodoxology, balanced worship, growth and development of the worship pastor, and thesis writing. Graduates of the program leave with an in-depth knowledge of worship theology and extensive practical experience Non-Discrimination Policy

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Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Apologetics

Liberty University Online
Online Full time September 2018 USA Lynchburg

Improve your ministry or career to have an impact on the lives of others, and to develop the abilities and knowledge to influence our world with a uniquely Christian apologetic by earning your Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Apologetics through Liberty University Online. [+]

Improve your ministry or career to have an impact on the lives of others, and to develop the abilities and knowledge to influence our world with a uniquely Christian apologetic by earning your Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Apologetics through Liberty University Online.

Gain advanced training in the fields of Christian theology and apologetics, equipping you to become a leader in academics and ministry, providing direct interaction with leaders in theology and apologetics while also offering practical opportunities to write and teach in the field. This degree will qualify you to teach at the university or graduate level, while also providing insight and information useful to the professional minister. With the emphasis on both theology and apologetics, the Ph.D. will give you an opportunity to learn about your faith and how to defend it. The dual emphasis is unique among Liberty’s peer institutions and should create multiple opportunities for graduates as both professors and pastors. ... [-]


Doctor of Ministry – Worship

Liberty University Online
Online Full time September 2018 USA Lynchburg

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry — Worship online program equips students to effectively apply biblical principles to all aspects of worship. Students will learn how to help prepare people’s hearts to enter the presence of God. [+]

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry — Worship online program equips students to effectively apply biblical principles to all aspects of worship. Students will learn how to help prepare people’s hearts to enter the presence of God. Areas of study include biblical principles of worship, theology, and ministry strategies. The degree is ideal for worship leaders seeking both professional and personal growth.

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Doctor of Ministry – Pastoral Counseling

Liberty University Online
Online Full time September 2018 USA Lynchburg

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry — Pastoral Counseling online program equips students with the knowledge needed to address the mental, emotional, and spiritual struggles of the heart and mind. [+]

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry — Pastoral Counseling online program equips students with the knowledge needed to address the mental, emotional, and spiritual struggles of the heart and mind. It is ideal for those currently in the counseling field who are looking to expand their practice and impact lives through counseling services within the church setting. Areas of study include biblical principles of counseling, best practices, and pastoral leadership.

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Doctor of Ministry – Leadership

Liberty University Online
Online Full time September 2018 USA Lynchburg

Liberty University’s Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) — Pastoral Leadership online program equips those already in ministry with the knowledge and skills pertinent to carrying out an effective ministry. [+]

Liberty University’s Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) — Pastoral Leadership online program equips those already in ministry with the knowledge and skills pertinent to carrying out an effective ministry. During the program, students will investigate various ministry paradigms and in turn evaluate their own approach in order to better focus their vision and solidify their outreach goals.

Graduates of the program leave with a deeper understanding of effective leadership practices and are prepared to help transform lives for God’s glory.

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Doctor of Ministry – Homiletics

Liberty University Online
Online Full time September 2018 USA Lynchburg

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching online program trains students to effectively teach and preach the Gospel across a variety of mediums and platforms. [+]

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching online program trains students to effectively teach and preach the Gospel across a variety of mediums and platforms. Students of the program learn how to use homiletics in both the traditional church setting as well as in small groups, through instructional videos, and online media.

Course topics include growth and development of contemporary ministers, 21st Century techniques and tools for the church, and thesis writing. Graduates of the program leave with a deeper understanding of biblical principles and homiletic strategy, ready to further the kingdom of Christ.

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Doctor of Ministry – Evangelism and Church Planting

Liberty University Online
Online Full time September 2018 USA Lynchburg

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry in Evangelism and Church Planting online program trains students through an in-depth look at the principles of evangelism and the history of church planting. [+]

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry in Evangelism and Church Planting online program trains students through an in-depth look at the principles of evangelism and the history of church planting. In this program, students learn how to effectively carry out the Great Commission and are prepared to lead and grow their own church plant. Through their courses, students have the opportunity to interact with church leaders to increase their understanding of the purpose and goals of ministry. The degree is ideal for those currently serving in the ministry who are seeking professional and personal growth.

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Doctor of Ministry – Discipleship

Liberty University Online
Online Full time September 2018 USA Lynchburg

The Liberty University Doctor of Ministry — Discipleship online program helps students strengthen their ministry skills in order to better care for God’s people. [+]

The Liberty University Doctor of Ministry — Discipleship online program helps students strengthen their ministry skills in order to better care for God’s people. Students in this program are prepared to serve and equip others to further the Great Commission through courses in theology, evangelism, pastoral leadership, and more. This program is well-suited for pastors, missionaries, and other church leaders desiring the spiritual depth needed to bring Christians into closer fellowship with Christ and other believers.

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Doctor of Ministry

Oral Roberts University
Online Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Tulsa + 1 more

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced professional degree designed to continue the education of ministers so that they may be spiritually renewed and increasingly effective in their world ministries. [+]

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced professional degree designed to continue the education of ministers so that they may be spiritually renewed and increasingly effective in their world ministries. The purpose of the program is to help ministers grow in their understandings and interpretations of the Church's ministry in relation to biblical, theological, historical, ethical and practical areas. Students are challenged to develop their ministerial skills and to refine and articulate a theology of ministry while in a setting of ministry. A distinctive of the doctoral program is the attempt to enable students to understand both the positive and the problematic aspects of the charismatic dimensions of ministry. ... [-]


Doctor of Ministry

Biola University
Campus Full time 6 years September 2018 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 2018 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 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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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 2018 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 2018 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... [-]