Theological Studies (Ph.D.)

Theological Studies (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.

Language Competency
German Examination
Total Hours0
Ph.D. Core Courses
RTCH 900Research Methods3
RTCH 901Teaching in Higher Education3
Total Hours6
Theological Studies Courses
APOL 920Resurrection and Miracles3
THEO 900Seminar in Theological Method3
THEO 903Historical Development of Christian Thought3
THEO 945Seminar in Modern Theologies and Theologians3
Total Hours12
Major Area of Focus Courses
Choose 15 credit hours from a single area of focus:15
Apologetic Method
The Problem of Evil, Pain and Suffering
Apologetics and Culture
Modern Apologetic Issues
Seminar in Apologetics
Natural Theology
Biblical Theology
Old Testament Theology
New Testament Theology
Theology of the Gospel
Current Biblical and Theological Issues
Special Topics in Biblical Theology
Seminar in Biblical Theology
Christian Thought
Contemporary Issues in the Doctrine of God
Christology in Contemporary Theological Perspective
Natural Theology
Current Issues in Theology
Seminar in Theological Studies
Public Theology
Apologetics and Culture
Theology of the Gospel
Christianity and Politics
Approaches to Public Theology
Christian Ethics
Current Issues in Theology
Total Hours15
Minor Area of Focus Courses
Choose 9 credit hours from one of the Areas of Focus listed in the Major Area of Focus section which is different from the chosen Major Area of Focus.
Total Hours9
Comprehensive Examination0
Total Hours0
Dissertation Courses 1
DISS 987Dissertation Proposal and Research I5
DISS 988Dissertation Proposal and Research II5
DISS 989Dissertation Proposal and Research III5
DISS 990Dissertation Defense0
Total Hours15

Once the student enters the Dissertation phase, he/she must maintain continuous enrollment (Fall, Spring and Summer semesters) until all degree requirements are completed

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • 57 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 B- may be applied to the degree
  • Successful completion of the Research Language Competencies
  • Successful completion of Comprehensive Exams
  • 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 Resident Format

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