PhD Applied Theology

Applied Theology

The PhD in Applied Theology is designed for pastor-theologians, teachers and missionaries who are going to serve in various leadership contexts around the world. It offers expertise in theological praxis, missiology, preaching, evangelism, counseling and leadership. The concentration the student chooses generally coincides with the focus of his or her dissertation.

Students enter the program as a community of scholars and will normally remain together through a series of seminars that meet twice annually at various times throughout the year. This format allows students to remain in their current position while engaging in Ph.D. studies.

The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of three academic years for completion: two years of coursework prior to the dissertation stage and one full year for dissertation work. Students must complete the program within seven years.



60 hours


3-4 years

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  • Missiology
    • North American Missiology Track *
      • for church planters, pastors and leaders who are actively working in church planting or renewal in a North American context
    • The International Missiology*
      • for IMB personnel who are currently serving overseas and others who serve in a similar capacity and want to more effectively proclaim the Gospel around the world.
  • Christian Leadership*
    • designed for Christian pastors, leaders, scholars and educators who recognize the importance of biblical values while inspiring vision and godly virtues
  • Counseling
    • designed for pastors, leaders, scholars and educators who are seeking to apply biblical principles to a variety of counseling scenarios

* These programs are offered in a Residential and/or Modified Residency Format.

The concentrations with modified residency will progress on a two-year schedule of coursework, followed by the comprehensive exam and the writing of a successful dissertation. All seminar and degree requirements for the students in the concentrations with modified residency are identical to the standard residency requirements. 

What courses will I take?

Below is a sample of the required courses. To see a complete list, view the academic catalog.

  • MIS 9620 - North American Church Planting & Renewal Practices 
  • THE 9943 - Church & Cultural Context 
  • THE 9946 - Missions & Ministries of the Church 
  • THE 9750 - Seminar on the Doctrine of the Church 
  • LED 9355 - The Personal Life of the Leader 
See the course catalog

what can I do with this degree?

  • Counsel others in the body of Christ
  • Teach in higher education
  • Plant churches

who will teach me?


Professor of Evangelism and Missions

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