Keystone logo

28 PhD Programs in Humanities Studies Theology Christian Studies 2024



  • PhD
  • Humanities Studies
  • Theology
  • Christian Studies
Fields of study
  • Humanities Studies (28)
  • Back to main category
Find more locations
Degree type
Study pace
Study format

PhD Programs in Humanities Studies Theology Christian Studies

A PhD provides students with intensive academic research skills. Some programs require a master’s degree prior to enrollment, while others include a master’s as part of the degree plan.

What is a PhD in Christian Studies? Programs discuss the Bible, Christian identity in history, early Christian identity and theological methods and ethics as part of foundational coursework. Either written or oral dissertations are required to complete the program. Programs offered typically feature either a research-based or faith-based degree, depending on the scholar’s interests. Students will then tailor coursework to suit that particular degree path. A second language is often required in Latin, Greek or Hebrew. Program participants average three years in a program, but they can spend as many as six if they attend part-time.

Time-management skills learned in the classroom often adapt well in both personal and professional life. Research skills learned in the program can benefit those interested in ministry or becoming educators.

Enrollment status affects the overall costs of attending a university. Interested individuals researching the various programs offered will have a better chance of making a good decision by contacting admissions offices for current program costs as well as financial aid offerings.

A PhD in Christian Studies prepares graduates to work in the field of ministry. Those with a research-based degree are likely to work in academia, research or in some postsecondary capacity as a teacher. Faith-based degree graduates are often equipped to work as missionaries, counselors and ministers. Many go on to do work in international locations, start churches or work as professors conducting religion-based research and teaching others.

Courses are offered through a variety of international and domestic universities both online and on-campus to suit varying student’s needs and interests. To get started, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.