Doctoral Degrees


The unique 36 credit hour Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Apologetics is designed to train pastors, Christian educators, and other ministry professionals in the principles and practice of apologetics in the ministry.

Course requirements are based on the academic and apologetic background of each student and the student’s particular area of interest and ministry. Individual emphasis may include philosophical apologetics, counter-cult ministry, cross-cultural ministry, and apologetic pulpit ministry. Others may be educational programs or any area of professional ministry in which apologetics can be effective in winning the lost for Christ.

Courses are offered online, and seminars involve a one week residency preceded by a semester of preparation. The D.Min. program culminates in the completion of a Ministry Project, which will involve the practical application of apologetics into the particular ministry of the student. Upon completion, each candidate will present an oral defense to the graduate faculty.



The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Philosophy of Religion is a 60 credit hour academic degree for those pursuing a professional career in academic research and teaching. Courses are seminar-based and semester-length involving research and paper presentations before peers and professors. Ph.D. applicants are required to have at least 15 graduate credit hours in philosophy in order to be accepted into the program.

Demonstration of proficiency in one research language is required, which must be completed prior to beginning comprehensive exams. Language proficiencies usually taken are German, French, or Latin, but the language should ideally relate to the student’s dissertation. Comprehensive exams consist of three written exams and one oral exam that cover the history of philosophy and the philosophy of religion.

The students are required to produce a dissertation that makes an original contribution to their chosen field of study. Details of the prospectus, dissertation, and defense are specified in the Ph.D. student handbook. The student will be required to pass comprehensive written and oral exams prior to acceptance of the dissertation prospectus.