Doctor of Philosophy in Theology


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 five major areas of specialization, that is: Systematic Theology; History of Christianity; Christian Missions; Biblical Studies (majoring in either Old or New Testament); or Pastoral Counseling. 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.

Programme Objectives

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.

Areas of Specialization

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

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.

Academic 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, Kenya

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