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PhD Theology & Worship

PhD in Theology and Worship

The Ph.D. in Theology and Worship exists to advance the understanding and practice of worship life in the Christian church. It integrates four sub-disciplines (history, theology, anthropology, and worship studies) in order to prepare students for future roles in local church worship leadership, academic research and scholarship, and higher education classroom instruction.

It integrates four sub-disciplines (history, theology, anthropology, and aesthetics) in order to prepare students for future roles in local church worship leadership, academic research and scholarship, and higher educational classroom instruction. This program will be offered in a modified residency format.
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.

Program at a glance

Total hours
60 hours

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What courses will I take?

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

  • HIS/WOR 9530 - Seminar on the History of Christian Worship
  • THE 9750 - Seminar on the Doctrine of the Church
  • THE/WOR 9520 - Doctrine of Worship Seminar
  • THE 9943 - Church & Cultural Context
  • PHI 9700 - Christianity and Culture
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What can I do with this degree?

  • Teach in an academic setting
  • Academic Research
  • Ministry requiring specialized training
  • Serve in denominational leadership, or lead in pastoral and church related vocations

Learn from over 60 professors who know what it's like to be in ministry. Our world-class faculty will teach you how to think critically about the Bible so you can minister faithfully throughout the world.

Who will teach me?