Theology & Apologetics (Ph.D.)

Theology & 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.

Language Competency
German Examination
Research Competency
RTCH 900Research Methods3
Total Hours3
Theology & Apologetics Courses
APOL 910Apologetic Method3
APOL 920Resurrection and Miracles3
THEO 900Seminar in Theological Method3
THEO 904Bibliology3
Choose nine credit hours of 900-level APOL or THEO courses9
Total Hours21
Elective Courses 1
Choose 18 credit hours of 900-level electives from the following disciplines: APOL, BIBL, CHHI, NBST, OBST, & THEO18
Total Hours18

Students are encouraged to choose one discipline for all six seminars. Disciplines include: Apologetics (APOL), Bible (BIBL), Biblical Studies2 (NBST, OBST), Church History (CHHI) and Theology (THEO)


A Biblical Studies discipline requires 6 hours of NGRK 650 or higher and OTCL 525 or higher or their equivalents

Comprehensive Examinations
Cognate Field
Dissertation Courses 3
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

Offered in Resident Format

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