A PhD is generally the last course of study a person takes in a chosen area. Upon graduation of the program, students may be prepared to enter the field of academia.
What is a PhD in Theology? During this particular program, individuals may pursue a deeper understanding of religion, cultural studies or political science to prepare themselves to engage constructively in dialogue and diplomacy regarding religious matters. This program focuses heavily on religion, theology and spirituality and aims at equipping participants with the ability to think critically in terms of academic and global affairs as they relate to religion and spirituality. Students may pursue one of several interesting study paths, including theoretical and practical philosophy, history of religion and theology, political management, logic, history of philosophy and management of social processes.
Individuals who successfully complete this program tend to gain the ability to read, memorize and analyze vast amounts of comprehensive materials, an appreciation for ideals they don’t fully understand and a keen analytical mindset. Each of these traits may be valuable in graduates’ professional and personal lives.
The cost of a PhD program varies greatly. Where a student chooses to go to school and which program he or she enters are just two factors that may affect the total cost.
Individuals who successfully graduate with a PhD in Theology may be fully prepared to enter the field of academia as professors or school administrators. Those with this particular degree may find fulfillment at religious educational institutes, but some choose to pursue careers outside of academia entirely. Graduates may go into family counseling as religious counselors or enter the ministry in a leadership role.
Many schools offer online theology programs so that individuals may obtain their education in a way that works best for them. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.
A specialized online Ph.D. offered by an intergovernmental university with recognized expertise in interfaith studies.
The DIRD (and DIFS) are unique programs in the sense that they are actually offered by an intergovernmental organization with a university charter and an additional mandate in inter-religious dialogue and diplomacy. Notably, EUCLID is the only university which has received the first prize of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, presented by H.M. King Abdullah of Jordan (photo below).
EUCLID offers several closely related but nevertheless distinct graduate programs:
DIRD: Ph.D. in Interreligious Dialogue and Diplomacy
DIFS: Ph.D. in Interfaith Studies
DCRel/DCCTh: PhD in Comparative Religion / Comparative Christian Theology
This page focuses on the DIRD: EUCLID’s Ph.D. in Inter-Religious Dialogue and Diplomacy, the umbrella program designed to train diplomats, government officials and civil servants in this complex and specialized field. These programs, delivered 100% online, exist to prepare government officials, social workers, clergy, theologians and faculty members to successfully and constructively engage in inter-religious dialogue and diplomacy. This program assumes a strong interest in religion, spirituality, theology, critical thinking, academic research and global affairs. Furthermore, it is open to students from all religious backgrounds including non-believers, although its focus may be of special interest to Muslims and Christians since it was—to an extent—developed in response to the “Common Word” initiative. However, it does assume the following:...