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PhD Theology And Apologetics Online Degree Program
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
Transfer Credits
Up to 15 credit hours of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
Aug 19, 2019
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Achieve the Highest Level of Christian Scholarship with the 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 ministry? Do you want to achieve the highest pinnacle of 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 represents the direct path to send Christian teachers out into the world to further biblical scholarship and ministry.

Liberty University’s intensives-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, as well as theologically and biblically informed leaders for the church and community. Students who graduate from our Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics are the cornerstone of Liberty University’s mission and an answer to the call of the Great Commission.

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 intensives-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.

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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 Doctorate in Theology and Apologetics contains practical training in doctoral-level research and writing, theological methodology, and bibliography important to ensure accurate and useful scholarship.

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Degree Info
Potential Careers
Admission Requirements

Degree Information and Requirements

  • This program is Intensives-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 course requirements and a suggested sequence.

  • View the Graduate Course Syllabi to see more information about specific courses you may choose as electives (login required).

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Potential Career Options for Graduates of our Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics Degree

  • Senior Pastor

  • Ministry Director

  • University Professor

  • Professional Christian Scholar

  • University or K-12 School Administrator

Our Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics will enhance students’ full-time ministry and equip them to pursue leadership and administrative roles in many ministry fields. While individual denominational requirements differ, receiving an accredited Doctorate in 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 including the dissertation, creating an excellent resource for writing and publishing opportunities.

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 three 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 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 work through your course content with close mentorship from experts in our online seminary in under four years.

  • Visit our Post-Graduate and Doctoral level programs page for other Divinity programs you might be interested in.

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 for bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and any other graduate or postgraduate work
  • 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 physically 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 Theology postgraduate degree with 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.