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

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.
  3. TOEFL scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper-based test; 250 computer-based test; 80 internet-based test)
  4. Possess a regionally or nationally accredited bachelor's and master's degree with at least a 3.25 GPA for admission in good standing.
  5. 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.
  6. Submit a score report from either of the following tests:
  7. 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.
  8. Submit the Personal Statement, Doctrinal Agreement and Honor Code document.
  9. 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.
  10. Submit a Professional Vita.
  11. Submit a Letter of Intent that meets the following requirements:
    • At least 300 words.
    • Explain your purpose for pursing the program that shows your willingness to complete the course requirements and participate in the classes.

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) 424-9595

(888) 301-3577


Liberty University Online Admissions Verification
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515

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