Doctor of Philosophy | Ph.D.

The purpose of the Ph.D. program is to produce teacher-scholars for the church and the academy who can educate persons for Christian ministry and lives of Christian service, and who themselves will teach and write within the academy generally and the wider public. The teacher-scholars for the church and academy will be equipped to do the theological work necessary to support the church’s witness to Christ and to be responsible and credible participants in vital conversations beyond the boundaries of the church, including college or university settings and various interdisciplinary forums (e.g. learned societies, agencies of church bodies, etc.).

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ILT, through the generosity of donors, supplies financial aid and tuition payment programs to assist students in the payment of tuition. ILT is committed to making an affordable education available to all who are accepted to any educational program. Because of this commitment, ILT students graduate with no debt.

Total: $0.00

Cost of Courses

Tuition is $700 per credit hour or $2,100 per 3-credit course. Tuition cost is subject to change. Additional costs (application fee, books, costs associated with researching and producing the independent projects or the final project or thesis, etc.) are also the responsibility of the participant.




Total: $31,500

Courses to be Completed

The Ph.D. is a theological research degree consisting of 45 credits including a 12 credit dissertation and a combination of coursework, research and publishing. The program is very flexible, allowing students to design a course of study aligned with their own research interests.





Total: 45 Credits

Total Timeline

The program has two parts: 33 credits of coursework, teaching and research. The second part consists of a 3 credit research proposal and a 9 credit thesis.  No travel is required for this program, though students may choose to participate in week-long onsite courses. Fulltime students can finish the program in 4 years and part-time students can take up to 6 years.




Total: 4 - 6 Years

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