Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics

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Residential Theology & Apologetics Ph.D.

Prepare for your career in academia with a Ph.D. in Theology & Apologetics from Liberty University. Pursue a core area of study in theology and apologetics, with the opportunity to have a secondary focus in one of the following areas:

  • Apologetics (APOL)
  • New or Old Testament Biblical Studies (NBST, OBST)
  • Church History (CHHI)
  • Theology (THEO)

With the Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics, you’ll get the skills you need to write, publish, and engage in higher academic research. This degree will equip you to defend the Christian faith, to minister within the local church, and to teach on the university level.

Study under professors who are widely published in their areas of expertise and who are grounded in their Christian worldview.
Gain the research experience you need to be successful as you write and defend a dissertation in your chosen area.

Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Your divinity degree is approved by ATS and has met rigorous accreditation standards. So you can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations. Liberty University is also accredited by SACSCOC.

Academics: Ph.D. in Theology & Apologetics

Credit Hours

57 total hours

Program of Study 

Theology & Apologetics (Ph.D.)

Admission Requirements

View admission requirements for the Ph.D. in Theology & Apologetics program

Featured Theology & Apologetics Courses

  • Seminar in Theological Method (THEO 900)
  • Apologetic Method (APOL 910)
  • Resurrection and Miracles (APOL 920)
  • The Problem of Evil, Pain, and Suffering (APOL 930) 
  • Natural Theology (THEO 915)

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Career Opportunities With This Degree

  • College Professor
  • Teaching Pastor
  • Parachurch Worker
  • Collegiate Ministry
  • Academic Author or Researcher
  • Apologetics Ministry
  • Academic Publishing