Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Applied Apologetics

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Applied Apologetics

What You Will Learn

Confidently Defend the Faith as a Biblical Scholar with Liberty’s Ph.D. in Applied Apologetics

Liberty University’s 100% online Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Applied Apologetics offers you the opportunity to pursue biblical scholarship at the highest level of academia. This degree program is made up of mostly 8-week courses with no required in-person intensives, so you can further your education while remaining committed to your job, family, community, and church.

Unlike many doctoral programs, this Ph.D. can be completed in as little as 3 years – meaning you can save time and money by partnering with us for your terminal degree. In addition, Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Earning your online doctoral apologetics degree from a school with this kind of recognition can help set you apart as a Christian leader.

This degree program offers you the chance to dive into biblical scholarship and affords you the opportunity to conduct in-depth research into the rich history of applied apologetics. You can also offer your own unique insight into academia by completing a dissertation. When you choose Liberty for your doctoral degree in apologetics, you don’t just choose a school – you choose an institution of higher education that is committed to your success.

What Will You Learn in Liberty University’s Doctor of Applied Apologetics?

  • Ministry foundations for applied apologetics
  • Teaching and learning methods
  • Theological foundations for scholarly, biblical research

In addition to the topics above, you will complete both a 2-part literature review and a 2-part topical research sequence. In this part of your degree, you’ll have the opportunity to explore various scholarly works and build your knowledge base as you prepare for your dissertation – which you’ll complete in 4 stages at the end of your degree.

Benefits of Pursuing Your Applied Apologetics Doctorate with Liberty University

As a leader in distance education since 1985, we understand what it takes to create a flexible and affordable education for busy people. Since we have been investing in distance and online learning for decades, our experience has taught us how to streamline our degree options so you can focus on what really matters to you. While many schools offer online degrees, we believe Liberty stands out.

Here’s what sets us apart:

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • The majority of tuition for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 9 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • Electronic textbooks are provided for many divinity courses* all for one convenient fee. To continue our mission of providing affordable education, this fee is waived for students who enroll by Summer 2024 D-term.
  • As a John W. Rawlings School of Divinity Ph.D. student, you will receive a block rate of $2,750 if you enroll in 7-15 credit hours each semester. This can save you up to $6,000 a semester!**
  • You can complete this Ph.D. in Applied Apologetics program in as little as 3 years!

*Electronic textbooks are not provided for courses that fall under departments outside the School of Divinity.

**Credits taken below 7 and above 15 credit hours are charged at the part-time rate.

Military Tuition Discount

We want to help you find the doctoral degree you want — at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers eligible current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Here’s how:

  • If you’re earning or have earned a master’s degree through Liberty, you automatically qualify for the low price (when you begin within 2 years of your master’s completion).
  • If you haven’t earned a graduate degree through Liberty, our Executive Certificate program allows you to pay only $300/credit hour for a postgraduate certificate that can stand alone or potentially count as the first 21 hours of a related doctoral degree. Then pay just $300/credit hour for your doctorate. Learn more!


Potential Careers for Applied Apologetics Graduates

  • Author
  • Church administrator
  • Ministry director
  • Pastor
  • Professor
  • University administrator
  • Vocational missionary

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Available Online

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100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer Credits

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Next Start Date

Jun 24, 2024


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