Ph.D. in Theology & Apologetics

Ph.D. in Theology & Apologetics

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The decision to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy is a life changing opportunity. This degree provides the opportunity to 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 choosing to pursue the Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Apologetics through the Rawlings School of Divinity, you put yourself in a position to make that opportunity a reality. 

Liberty University School of Divinity's Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Theology and Apologetics  provides advanced training in the fields of Christian theology and apologetics, equipping students to become leaders in academics and ministry and 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 the student 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 students an opportunity to learn about their 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.

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Quick Facts


Credit Hours

  • 57 total hours
  • Up to 15 credit hours can be transferred in from a regionally accredited Ph.D. Program


  • A 9 credit hour dissertation is a required part of the Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics program.

Potential Career Placement

  • Pastor
  • University Professor
  • University Administrator

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