The PhD in Pastoral Theology track is for pastor theologians who desire to advance the understanding and practice of theology from a shepherding perspective. This track integrates four sub-disciplines (theology, preaching, counseling, and leadership) in order to prepare students to be pastors who are scholars and scholars who are pastoral in their academic pursuits.

  • Modified Residency

  • Residential

At a Glance

  • 5

    phd introduction

  • 3

    phd integrative colloquium

  • 24

    phd seminars

  • 6

    phd mentor directed studies

  • 4

    phd comprehensive exams

  • 18

    phd prospectus and dissertation

  • 60

    total hours

Program Courses

PhD in Context


  • Teach in higher education

  • Counsel members of the body of Christ

  • 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.

  • PMN 9700 – Pastoral Theology Seminar
  • PMN 9710 – Historical Readings for Pastoral Theology
  • THE/WOR 9510 – The Doctrine of the Christian Life
  • THE 9750 – Seminar on the Doctrine of the Church
  • THE 9943 – Church & Cultural Context

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