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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Theology

This program introduces students to the field of Christian Theology. It covers the content, context and divisions of theology with special attention to selected perspectives and issues. This course also explores the subfields of Christian Theology, namely Practical Theology, Doctrine and Church History and Biblical Studies. There will also be discussion on the general association between Christian Theology and religious studies. There will also be a brief overview of the New and Old Testaments and the history of their study. Lastly, there will be an exploration of the role that Christian Theology takes in the modern world as well as the ways that it is related to ethics.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the fields in Theology and why it should be studied.
  • Explain how Christian Theology impacts the modern world and its diversity.
  • Assess the ethical issues that are linked with Christian Theology.
  • Define theology, its function and purpose.
  • Explain the correlation between belief, theology and faith.
  • Describe the different perspectives within Theology and evaluate their implications on modern society.

Course Requirements

Course Outlines (48 Credits)

Comprehensive Examination (1 Credit)

Students intending to pursue doctoral degrees must take and pass a comprehensive examination after they have completed their non-dissertation courses, because it is a pre-requisite of the dissertation courses. One of the purposes of this examination is to sufficiently assess students' full knowledge on the dissertation title they wish to research.

Dissertation Courses (14 Credits)

The following courses in dissertation are all required for graduation Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Theology Program. Dissertation must be taken when all the non-dissertation courses are completed. No more than one dissertation course should be taken per session. Dissertation Guidelines

PhDTh 960a Dissertation - Practical Research I (Proposal)
PhDTh 960b Dissertation - Practical Research II (Review of Related Literature & Methodology)
PhDTh 960c Dissertation - Practical Research III (Data Collection & Analysis)
PhDTh 960d Dissertation - Practical Research IV (Dissertation complete and Oral Defense)

Each non-dissertation and dissertation course is valued as 4 credits with the exception of dissertation complete and oral defense which is valued as 2 credits; comprehensive examination is valued as 1 credit. Total Credits required for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Theology is 63. Please refer to the University Catalog or website for admissions requirements; transfer credits policy; and tuition fees.