Degree Programs

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 PhD program at the Boston University School of Theology is broken into three tracks. Tracks 1 and 3 allow a student to craft a focus in World Christianity. A student may earn a PhD in Track 1: Biblical and Historical Studies, with a focus in mission studies, liturgical studies, or the history of Christianity. Or, a student may earn a PhD in Track 3: Practical Theology, with a concentration in Evangelism and Missiology.

A student could also earn a PhD with a focus in mission studies by participating in the joint PhD program with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

In addition, the Boston University 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 applying, a prospective student should explore how he or she wants to approach World Christianity at Boston University.