Philosophy of Religion

The PhD in Philosophy of Religion is a focused study on issues of philosophy of mind, metaphysics, religious epistemology, faith and reason, coherence of theism, and other legitimate issues as presented through the ongoing discussion regarding the intersection of philosophy and religion.

Admission to the Philosophy of Religion program is selective and is offered only to students who have demonstrated the intellectual ability, preparation, and motivation to perform academically at the highest level. Enrollment in the program is limited to applicants, who, in the judgment of the faculty, appear best qualified and most capable of using the resources that the seminary provides.

The PhD 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.

  • Modified Residency

  • Residential

At a Glance

  • 2

    Years of Coursework

  • 1

    year of dissertation work

  • 60

    Credit Hours

Program Courses

At Southeastern, I started seeing that all of life is worship and all of life has a missional intentionality to it. All of life has a missional thrust to it as life lived out before the face of God.

Thomas West MDiv and PhD Alum

PhD in Context


  • Teach in an academic setting

  • Academic research

  • Ministry requiring specialized training

  • Serve in denominational leadership

What Courses Will I Take?

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

  • PHI 9550 – Philosophical Theology
  • PHI 9600 – Problem of Evil
  • PHI 9910 – Philosophy of Mind
  • PHI 9930 – Christian Faith and Science
  • PHI 9940 – Coherence of Theism

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