Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Theology & Apologetics

Next Acceptance Deadline

Jan 24, 2018

Admission Requirements

All admission requirements must be received by the following dates in order to be reviewed for acceptance into the applicable semester.

Fall - May 1st
Spring - October 1st
Summer - February 1st

  1. Apply online or download an application for admission and submit it via mail.
  2. A $50.00, non-refundable, application fee will be assessed at time of application (waived for servicemembers and veterans).
  3. Possess a regionally or nationally accredited bachelor's and master's degree with at least a 3.25 GPA for admission in good standing.
  4. Mail official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copy) including a Master of Divinity*
    *If a student has pursued a different divinity degree, please see the contact information below to speak to an Admissions Counselor about different options.
  5. Submit a score report from either of the following tests:
  6. Three recommendations (two academic from graduate level, 1 pastoral). Recommendations must be on letterhead and must be signed by the recommending party. For the pastoral recommendation, use this form.
  7. Submit the Personal Statement, Doctrinal Agreement and Honor Code document.
  8. Submit a writing sample that meets the following requirements:
    • 30 pages in Turabian format.
    • You may use a chapter from the master's thesis if chapter meets the 30 page minimum.
    • Otherwise, you may choose the subject, preferably one relating to Theology and Apologetics.
  9. Submit a Professional Vita.
  10. Submit a Letter of Intent that meets the following requirements:
    • At least 300 words.
    • Explain your purpose for pursuing the program that shows your willingness to complete the course requirements and participate in the classes.
  11. Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an approved alternate test of English proficiency: International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP). Applicants must earn a score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a 3.9 on the iTEP, a 6.5 on the IELTS, or an equivalent score on an approved alternate test for all graduate degree programs.  Applicants who have an earned degree from a college or university in the U.S. or other English-speaking country or school may have the TOEFL requirement waived by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Alternatively, applicants who successfully complete the levels of English-Second-Language (ESL) instruction indicated below at one of two schools will have the TOEFL requirement waived.  Students will have their application held until transcripts from one of the below schools are received.

Official College Transcript Policy

An acceptable official college transcript must be issued directly from the institution in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back. If you have one in your possession, it must meet the same requirements.

Contact Information

1(800) 424-9596

(888) 301-3577


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1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515

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