Applied Apologetics (Ph.D.)

Applied Apologetics (Ph.D.)

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2023 through summer 2024. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Foundation Courses 1
APOL 701Ministry Foundations for Applied Apologetics3
APOL 702Philosophical Foundations for Applied Apologetics3
APOL 815Dissertation Concept Development for Applied Apologetics3
RTCH 710Teaching Methods3
RTCH 805Research Methods3
THEO 706Theological Foundations 23
Total Hours18

All Foundation Courses must be completed to be eligible to enroll in Specialized Research or Dissertation Writing and Defense Courses.


THEO 706 must be taken the first term of the first semester in the program

Specialized Research Courses
APOL 845Applied Apologetics Literature Review I3
APOL 846Applied Apologetics Literature Review II3
APOL 847Applied Apologetics Topical Research I3
APOL 848Applied Apologetics Topical Research II3
APOL 849Applied Apologetics Dissertation Presentation I3
APOL 850Applied Apologetics Dissertation Presentation II 13
Total Hours18

APOL 850 must be passed prior to enrollment in Dissertation Writing and Defense Courses.  A Faculty Dissertation Supervisor will be paired with the PhD candidate for the Dissertation and Defense courses.

Dissertation Writing and Defense Courses
APOL 987Dissertation Writing in Applied Apologetics I5
APOL 988Dissertation Writing in Applied Apologetics II5
APOL 989Dissertation Writing in Applied Apologetics III 15
APOL 990Dissertation Defense for Applied Apologetics 20
Total Hours15

APOL 989 may be repeated up to four times.


APOL 990 may not be registered for without the Dissertation Supervisor's written authorization.

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • 51 total hours
  • A maximum of 50% of a post-graduate and doctoral degree may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No grades lower than a B- may be applied to the degree
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

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