Doctor of Philosophy in Theology & Apologetics
Liberty University

Program Details

Liberty University’s Doctor in Philosophy in Theology and Apologetics program prepares students for leadership roles within the ministry and academic fields. Students within the program may begin to enhance their theological knowledge and expertise so that they may teach others about their faith. Graduates of the program should have the necessary credentials to be qualified to teach within universities and graduate programs. In addition, students may be well equipped for careers as professional ministers. Within the program’s advanced coursework, students will have the opportunity to collaborate with current leaders in the theology and apologetics field. Graduates of the program may find future careers as a pastor, university professor, or university administrator.

To graduate successfully, students must complete a total of 57 credit hours. The required credit hours are fulfilled by completing three credits in Research Competency, 27 credits in Theology & Apologetics, 18 credits Elective Course, and nine Dissertation Course credits. Some of the Theology & Apologetics courses are Apologetic Method, Miracles, and Theological Method.

The program requires students to complete nine Theology & Apologetics Courses; the first four courses are pre-designated, while the other five may be chosen by the student. Students must choose five 900-level courses within the APOL or THEO subjects. Students will be required to complete six, 900-level elective courses. The elective courses must be chosen within APOL, CHHI, NBST, OBST, and THEO subjects. The program encourages students to complete one elective within each of the previously stated subjects.

Students should be advised that the program also requires students to complete two Language Competency Examinations. One examination must be completed in German and another in either French or Latin. Towards the end of the program, students are required to complete the Theology & Apologetics and Cognate Field Comprehensive Examina


  • Students must have earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from either a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution
  • Official transcripts including a Seminary degree in either Master of Divinity, Master of Theology with thesis, or Master of Arts with a thesis
  • TOEFL scores
  • MAT or GRE scores
  • A minimum GPA of 3.25

School Accreditation Statement

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.