Online Doctoral Degrees in Religious Studies

An online doctoral degree in religious studies may provide individuals with education on theories and philosophies in the study of religion. In this three to five-year program, students may become abreast on the historical context of religion as well as current issues in religion and discipleship. Program coursework may include dissertation research classes as well as major-specific courses in the students chosen specialty including theology of leadership, Christian ministry, and leading across cultures.

Online doctoral graduates may seek employment in their chosen field. Doctoral-level graduates may gain employment in faith-based organizations, churches, healthcare facilities, seminary schools, and universities.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree at minimum
  • Program Length: Three to five years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment
  • Projected Employment Growth: 18% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for doctoral-level programs in religious studies may include core coursework along with dissertation research classes. These research-dense classes may teach students how to teach the academic theories of religion, and how to interpret religious philosophies in addition to the theories of religious leadership. Core online religious studies courses may include the following:

  • Progressions in Leadership Thought
  • Theology of Leadership
  • Christian Ministry and Culture
  • Trends and Issues in Christian Ministry
  • Leading Across Cultures
  • Disciple Making in the Leadership Context
  • Ethical Dilemmas and Stewardship

Career Options

Doctoral-level graduates may obtain employment in seminary education, religious organizations, churches, universities, and pastoral care. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, clergy membership employment is projected to increase by 18% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Minister
  • Religion Professor
  • Missionary
  • Hospital Chaplain
  • Youth Pastor

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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