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Doctor of Philosophy in Theology

Course Details

The Doctor of Philosophy in Theology course provides advanced studies in the main disciplines of theology, including biblical studies (Old Testament and New Testament), history, systematic theology, and Christian Mission. The programme will be delivered in a combination of taught courses and independent research. In the first year, all the students will be required to study eight compulsory foundational units.

After the successful completion of the foundational units, the student has the option to pursue any one of the four major areas of specialization, that is: Systematic Theology; History of Christianity; Christian Missions; or Biblical Studies (majoring in either Old or New Testament). The course takes a minimum of three years. The first year is allocated for class work during which course work is covered and the second and third years are reserved for research and thesis writing.


  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Mission
  • History of Christianity
  • Systematic Theology
  • Pastoral counseling

Goal of the programme

The aim of the PhD programme is to prepare graduates in Theology for global Christian service in service to God and humanity. The programme also seeks to develop servant leaders by imparting advanced knowledge, skills and values through creative methods of teaching, research and spiritual formation.

Mode of delivery

The programme is offered on a fulltime and a part time basis.

Admission requirements

Academic requirements

To be eligible for the admission, a candidate must satisfy the following academic qualifications:

1. Hold a Masters degree from a chartered University or an accredited university. These include MTh, MA Religious Studies, MA in Theological Studies, Masters in Mission Studies or any other relevant qualification.

2. Have two reference letters, from the previous graduate School, and pastoral letter from a religious leader.

3. Candidates from non-English speaking countries shall demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English.

4. Show promise future usefulness to church and society.

5. Demonstrate ability to handle doctoral work in English.

Administrative requirements

1. Two sealed official transcripts of all academic certificates awarded.

2. Assurance of adequate financial resources from the candidate, their sponsor, employer or superiors.

3. All candidates are interviewed by at least two members of Faculty Doctoral Committee who shall recommend to the Academic registrar for appropriate action.

4. Candidates will submit applications for admission to the University through:
The Academic Registrar, St. Paul's University,
P.O. Box Private Bag,
00217 Limuru,
or send an email via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  1. Attach photocopies of all academic and professional certificates. If they are not in English send translated and certified
    copies. Non-English speakers must provide proof of competence in English.
  2. Attach a copy of your recent coloured passport size photographs
  3. Please note that you are required to pay a non refundable application fee for your application to be processed.
    • Postgraduate Application Fee- KSh.3,000.00
    • Undergraduate Application Fee- KSh. 1,500.00
    • Diploma & Certificate Application Fee- KSh. 1,000.00 
    • Special Entrance Exam & YCMP Application Fee- KSh. 1,000
    • CPA Application Fee- KSh. 1,000.00 
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Our Vision

A University of academic excellence based on Christian principles producing graduates in various fields for global service.

Our Mission

To develop servant leaders by imparting knowledge, skills and values through creative methods of education, research and Christian spiritual formation.

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