May 28, 2023  
Academic Catalog - Fall 2022 
Academic Catalog - Fall 2022 [ARCHIVED]

PhD in Applied Theology

The PhD in Applied Theology* is designed for pastor-theologians, teachers, and missionaries who are going to serve in various leadership contexts across the globe. 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.

  • The Missiology concentration has two tracks:
    • North American Missiology * track is designed for church planters, pastors and leaders who are actively working in church planting or renewal in a North American context.
    • International Missiology * track is designed 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.

* 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. 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.

Program Summary

Note: Some tracks or concentrations may have more specific requirements than those listed below. Click on the appropriate link for those requirements.

PhD Seminars - 24 Hours

NOTE: Students must demonstrate proficiency in one research language before beginning their fifth seminar.

  • ***9*** - 8 Doctoral Seminars - 24 semester hr(s). At least 4 must be taken within the student’s concentration.

PhD Mentor Directed Studies - 6 Hours

PhD Comprehensive Exams - 4 Hours

NOTE: Students must demonstrate proficiency in their second research language before beginning sitting for comprehensive exams.

PhD Prospectus and Dissertation - 18 Hours

Total - 60 Hours