Practical Theology (Ph.D.)

Practical Theology (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
PRTH 701Ministry Foundations for Practical Theology3
PRTH 702Philosophical Foundations for Practical Theology3
PRTH 815Dissertation Concept Development for Practical Theology3
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
PRTH 845Practical Theology Literature Review I3
PRTH 846Practical Theology Literature Review II3
PRTH 847Practical Theology Topical Research I3
PRTH 848Practical Theology Topical Research II3
PRTH 849Practical Theology Dissertation Presentation I3
PRTH 850Practical Theology Dissertation Presentation II 13
Total Hours18

PRTH 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
PRTH 987Dissertation Writing in Practical Theology I5
PRTH 988Dissertation Writing in Practical Theology II5
PRTH 989Dissertation Writing in Practical Theology III 15
PRTH 990Dissertation Defense for Practical Theology 20
Total Hours15

PRTH 989 may be repeated up to four times.


PRTH 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

Oval 1AudioBackArrowCloseShapeFill 1ArrowShapeArrowMenuMagnifying GlassShapeVideoWordmark WTC simple light Created with Sketch.