The PhD in Practical Theology: Evangelism and Missiology

The study of Evangelism and Missiology from within the PhD in Practical Theology at Boston University takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Christian witness, service, and mission in the world. The program affords a high degree of flexibility to tailor coursework and research around particular interests and can focus more on either the field of Evangelism or the field of Missiology or a combination of the two (which are already closely related in any case). Students can also choose to focus on particular geographical contexts. Previous students have focused on new church development, church renewal, media studies and the arts of communication, migration, theology of culture, the black church and youth, evangelistic organizations, popular culture, and urban ministry, just to name a few examples. While Dr. Bryan Stone and Dr. Dana Robert are the primary advisors for this concentration, the breadth of the program draws upon faculty resources throughout the School of Theology and, indeed, throughout Boston University. PhD students benefit from the rich resources of the Boston Theological Institute and may include BTI coursework with advisor approval. Boston University is a vibrant place for advanced studies in practical theology and evangelism/missiology with an established doctoral program, strong faculty, and the resources and on-the-ground research projects of the Center for Practical Theology. The PhD program in Evangelism and Missiology aims to prepare excellent scholars and teachers who will go out to serve in leadership in universities, colleges, seminaries and divinity schools, and faith communities.


Program Requirements:

  • 3 Core Courses in Practical Theology (12 credits)
    • Proseminar in Practical Theology
    • Advanced Research in Practical Theology
    • Ecclesiology
  • 7 Concentration Courses in Evangelism and Missiology (28 credits), customized based on research focus and approved by the advisor.

Admissions Requirements

A master’s degree in theology is required for admission to the Ph.D. The application also requires a clear statement of research interests, transcripts, writing sample three letters of recommendation, and an interview. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Bryan Stone ( or Dr. Dana Robert ( early in the process to discuss research interests and program details. For further information about the admissions process, please also contact the Admissions Office

Related Faculty

  • Dr. Nancy Ammerman (expertise in sociology of religion, congregational studies, spiritual narratives in everyday life)
  • Dr. Courtney Goto (expertise in religious education, aesthetics, culture and race, creativity and imagination, and practical theology)
  • Dr. Cristian De La Rosa (expertise in Latino/a theologies, popular religion, cultural theory, and ministry)
  • Dr. Robert Allan Hill (expertise in New Testament, preaching, pastoral ministry)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Parsons (expertise in non-profit administration, community and faith-based organizations, culture, global Christianity, sustainability, and resilience)
  • Dr. Shelly Rambo (expertise in constructive theology, pneumatology, feminist theology, and trauma studies)
  • Dr. Dana Robert (expertise in mission history, history of world Christianity, and mission theology)
  • Dr. David Schnasa Jacobsen (expertise in preaching, homiletic theory, theology of preaching, homiletical analysis, homiletical exegesis, situational preaching, homiletical-theological method, Word and Sacrament, Christian scriptures)
  • Dr. Wanda Stahl (expertise in spirituality and congregational life, spiritual direction)
  • Dr. Bryan Stone (expertise in evangelism and congregational development, urban ministry, ecclesiology, theology and popular culture (including especially film studies), Christian pacifism, and Wesleyan, liberation, narrativist, and post-liberal theologies)
  • Dr. Anjulet Tucker (expertise in religion and social change, gender relations in religious organizations, and the evolving role of education in Pentecostal communities)