Ph.D. in Theology & Apologetics Admission Requirements
All admission requirements must be received by the following dates to be reviewed for acceptance into the applicable semester:
- Fall — May 1st
- Spring — October 1st
- Summer — February 1st
- Apply online or call (800) 424-9596 to apply to a degree program with an admissions counselor.
- A non-refundable, non-transferable $50 application fee will be posted on the current application upon enrollment (waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses — documentation verifying military status is required).
- Mail official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copies or via a direct electronic transcript system) including a Master of Divinity.* Transcripts must show a regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree with at least a 3.25 GPA in all previous graduate work for admission in good standing. You may also complete the Transcript Request Form to allow Liberty to attempt to request your transcripts on your behalf.
- Submit a score report from either of the following tests:**
- Three recommendations (2 academic recommendations from the graduate level and 1 pastoral). Recommendations must be on letterhead and must be signed with pen by the recommending party. For the pastoral recommendation, use this form.
- Submit the Personal Statement, Doctrinal Agreement, and Honor Code document.
- Submit a 30-page writing sample in Turabian format. You may use a chapter from the master’s thesis if it meets the 30-page minimum. Otherwise, you may choose the subject, preferably one relating to theology and apologetics.
- Submit a Professional Vita.
- Submit a Letter of Intent. In at least 300 words, explain your purpose for pursuing the program that shows your willingness to complete the course requirements and participate in the classes.
- Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an approved alternate test of English proficiency: the Duolingo English test, International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP). Applicants must earn a minimum score of 105 on the Duolingo English test, 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a 3.9 on the iTEP, a 6.5 on the IELTS, or an equivalent score on an approved alternate test for all graduate degree programs. Applicants who have an earned degree from a college or university in the U.S. or other English-speaking country or school may have the TOEFL requirement waived by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Alternatively, applicants who successfully complete the levels of English-Second-Language (ESL) instruction indicated below at 1 of 2 schools will have the TOEFL requirement waived. Students will have their application held until transcripts from one of the below schools are received.
*If applicants have pursued a different divinity degree, they should speak to an Admissions Counselor about different options.
**If a student does not have scores from either of these tests or if their scores are more than two years old, they will be required to take the MAT.
Official College Transcript Policy
An acceptable official college transcript must be issued directly from the institution in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back. If you have one in your possession, it must meet the same requirements.
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