The size of Boston University, and the cross-disciplinary nature of World Christianity, means the subject can be pursued through four different PhD programs at the university.
The School of Theology offers three degrees: a student may earn a PhD in Church History and World Christianity; a student may earn a PhD in Practical Theology, with a concentration in Evangelism and Missiology; or a student may earn a PhD in Missiology–offered in conjunction with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
In addition, the Graduate Program of Religion offers a PhD in Religious Studies, which includes the study of World Christianity through its texts and traditions.
Some overlap may exist between the four programs, but ultimately each one cultivates the particular skills relevant to its discipline. Before someone applies, a prospective student should explore how he or she wants to approach World Christianity at Boston University.