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Theology and Apologetics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 42 months
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.
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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.

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 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 42 months
  • Credits
    57 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  •  Miracles
  • Seminar in Theological Method
  • Bibliology
  • Apologetic Method 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.25

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.25 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • 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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    615 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 615 USD per credit and a duration of 42 months.
  • National

    615 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 615 USD per credit and a duration of 42 months.
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