Achieve the Highest Level of Christian Scholarship with a Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics
Are you looking for a doctoral degree in theology because you are passionate about reaching the world for Christ through powerful writing and teaching? Do you want to achieve the pinnacle of personal scholarship so that you can go and be a witness in institutions of higher learning, training up a new generation of theologians and Christian leaders? As a Christian university, Liberty University’s mission is to Train Champions for Christ, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Theology and Apologetics can act as a path to send Christian teachers out into the world to further biblical scholarship and ministry.
Liberty University’s intensive-based, online Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics is designed to train ministers, pastors, and Christian writers to serve as faculty in academic institutions, as world-impacting Christian scholars, and as theologically and biblically informed leaders for the church and community. Our goal is to inspire students in our Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics program to answer the call of the Great Commission and go out to spread the Gospel to people across the globe.
Why Choose Liberty’s Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics?
Liberty University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Apologetics program is a flexible and convenient way to pursue the highest achievement in academics for theological and Christian ministry studies. As an on-campus intensive-based program, you will get important hands-on ministry training and group work that will further equip you for your current ministry role as well as direct mentorship for your research and scholarship. In your online theological courses, you will engage with other students as you study the works of the greatest Christian theologians and apologists and then meet for in-class discussion and group work during your on-campus intensives.
Take advantage of Liberty University’s extensive research facilities and library, be mentored in your study and writings by top theologians and scholars in Liberty’s Rawlings School of Divinity, and take part in the world’s largest regular meeting of Christians during on-campus Convocations. By pursuing Liberty University’s theology and apologetics Ph.D. program, you will get the best of on-campus resources and mentorship with a high level of flexibility for a Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics.
What are the Benefits of Pursuing our Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics?
Our Theology and Apologetics degree is the most advanced, comprehensive online bible college program at the doctoral level, giving you a terminal degree that will help you stand out in your field.
Unlike many online bible colleges and seminaries, Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This means that your degree in Theology and Apologetics will reflect a reputation for quality and academic excellence.
As a terminal degree, Liberty’s theology and apologetics Ph.D. will provide an excellent credential for teaching at the university level and will give your scholarship weight.
What Will You Learn in our Doctorate in Theology and Apologetics?
Students who pursue our Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics degree will receive advanced study in select apologetics and theology topics of their choice, along with a core of foundational apologetics methods and research. Our online doctorate in theology and apologetics contains practical training in doctoral-level research and writing, theological methodology, and bibliography important to ensuring accurate and useful scholarship.
Students in our Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics will be able to complete preliminary research and write elements of their dissertation topic while diving deep into an advanced study of theology, Old Testament studies, New Testament studies, and church history. Students will choose research mentors and have the opportunity to become part of research groups to take advantage of Liberty University’s full-time staff of library and research assistants and extensive on-campus and online resources.
- APOL 920 – Miracles
- APOL 900 – Seminar in Theological Method
- THEO 904 – Bibliology
- APOL 910 – Apologetic Method
Degree Information and Requirements
- This program is intensive-based
- Integrated dissertation
- Contains Language Proficiency Examination and Comprehensive Examination
This program falls under the Rawlings School of Divinity.
View the Degree Completion Plan for an official list of courses and a suggested sequence.
View the Graduate Course Syllabi to see more information about specific courses you may choose as electives (login required).
Potential Career Options for Graduates of our Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics Degree
Professional Christian Scholar
University or K-12 School Administrator
Our Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics will enhance students’ full-time ministry potential and equip them to pursue leadership and administrative roles in many ministry fields. While individual denominational requirements differ, receiving a Ph.D. Theology and Apologetics should meet necessary educational requirements and provide a reliable academic credential for senior church leadership. Students will be qualified for many teaching roles at the university level and may find opportunities for administrative roles in K-12 Christian schools or seminaries. Students will also complete a great deal of highly-advanced academic research in theological and biblical studies during our Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics program.
Highlights of our Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics Degree
By earning your Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
Tuition for our Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics has not increased in four straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
Study under theologians and missionaries with real-world experience and industry-leading scholarship through the online Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics’ web-based content developed by Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity, and meet them in person during your intensive course content.
Customize your doctoral bible college online course content with advanced studies in theology and apologetics specific to your area of scholarship and ministry, or broaden your research and study with additional electives in biblical studies and church history.
Complete work toward your final doctoral dissertation as you complete your other courses with close mentorship from experts in our online seminary program.
Admission Requirements for Our Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics
A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree* with a 3.25 or above GPA for all previous graduate work is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our Admission Requirements Page for more detailed admissions related information.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Admission Application
- Application fee**
- Official college transcripts showing a completed bachelor’s degree and graduate degrees
- Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE), test scores must not be older than two years
- Writing sample
- Ph.D. Questionnaire
- Letter of Intent
- Three signed references on letterhead (two graduate or higher-level academic, one pastoral)
- Professional Vita
- Proof of English proficiency
*Acceptable degrees: Master of Divinity with or without thesis, master’s degree with a theology or apologetics related thesis (will need review by department), or master of arts in divinity field with a thesis
**There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.