Doctor of Philosophy (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 Liberty University's online Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics, you put yourself in a position to make that opportunity a reality. 

Liberty's Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics will provide advanced training in the fields of Christian theology and apologetics, equipping you to become a leader 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 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.

Quick Facts

Program Delivery Format

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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