Top Schools with Theology PhD Programs: List of Schools

Learn what schools offer doctoral degree programs in theology. Get details about the top two of these schools, including their theology degree programs and options.

School Overviews

This article profiles two schools with significant credentials in religious studies and theology - Boston University was the first of its kind to be established in North America, and Fuller Theological Seminary is the largest of its kind in existence. Both schools offer multiple theology degree programs with different areas of concentration.

1. Boston University in Boston, MA

School Highlight: This university's Ph.D. program in Theology differs from other programs of its kind due to the approach given to the subject, focusing instead on history, practice, belief and community, with respect to the Church.

The Boston University School of Theology at BU offers a Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership (D.Min.) program and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Students in this theology Ph.D. program can choose from at least ten concentrations, including liturgical studies, mission and evangelism, church and society, congregational studies and religion education.

2. Fuller Theological Seminary in California at Pasadena, CA

School Highlight: This seminary offers seven concentrations within the field of a Ph.D. program in Theology.

In addition to a Master of Theology, the School of Theology at Fuller offers a Ph.D. in Theology. The Ph.D. in Theology is the highest degree awarded by the school and is designed to prepare graduates to teach at a college, university or seminary.

Top Theology Ph.D. Programs

School NameDistinctionLocation
Catholic University of America The school's Theological College prepares men to enter the Catholic priesthood Washington, D.C.
Dallas Theological Seminary The student body is made up of individuals from over 70 denomination Dallas, TX
Duke University Students have access to several affiliated centers, including the Divinity School, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Duke Islamic Studies CenterDurham, NC
Emory UniversityThe doctoral program in religion is the second-largest offered at the school, and it has been named by the National Research Council as a premier PhD program Atlanta, GA
Trinity International University Students have access to the Center for Theological Understanding, the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and the Jonathan Edwards Center of ministry Deerfield, IL
University of Notre Dame All graduate programs in the university's Department of Theology are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools Notre Dame, IN
Yale University Yale has its own Divinity Library with a Day Missions Collection and a Ministry Resource Center New Haven, CT

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