PhD in Religious Education

Ph.D. in Religious Education


72 Credits Above the BA

The PhD in Religious Education prepares professionals for leadership in religious education. Specifically, it provides students with an understanding of the distinctive nature of the field of religious education as an interdisciplinary area of research and scholarship at the intersection of the academic disciplines of theology/religious studies and education.

In their course work students explore the religious and educational development of children, youth, and adults; historical and contemporary approaches to religious education: and the personal, social, and communal dimensions of education in faith. The program focuses on Christian traditions of religious education, while also exploring how a concern for interreligious education is constitutive of the theory and practice of religious education.

Graduates of the program contribute to substantive research and scholarship, and the development of practical approaches to religious education. The program is known for its comprehensive religious education curriculum, and the accessibility of faculty members and their dedication to mentoring students.

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The curriculum includes required courses and seminars, a dissertation proposal, and the writing and oral defense of a doctoral dissertation. Students will ordinarily devote the equivalent of two full years on campus to course work. Reading knowledge of languages other than English may be required if the scope and nature of the dissertation warrants such knowledge.


  • ZZGR 8080 Ph.D. Mentoring Seminar - required twice for 6 credits and must be retaken each Fall and Spring after coursework is complete until graduation.
  • ZZGR 8040 Dissertation Qualifying Paper
  • ZZGR 8084 Dissertation Format Review

Religious Education Core (30 credits)

  • REGR 8102 Foundations of Religious Education
  • REGR 8140 Curriculum and Religious Education
  • REGR 8120 Education for Peace and Justice
  • REGR 8210 History of Religious Education
  • REGR 8180 The Religious Educational Development of Children
  • REGR 8202 Youth and Young Adult Ministry
  • REGR 8580 Adult Learning and Development
  • REGR 8404 Research Methods and Resources in Religious Education

Required courses from the Graduate School of Education (9 credits required)

  • ASGE 7428 Seminar in Leadership
  • ASGE 7432 Seminar in Organizational Theory
  • 1 elective course from the Graduate School of Education from:
  • ASGE 6000-9999 or UEGE-9999

Religious Education Electives (9 credits required)

  • Three courses from REGR 6000-9999

Pastoral Studies Requirement (6 credits)

  • Two courses from PMGR 6000-9999, SPGR 6000-9999, PCGR 6000-9999, RLGR 6000-9999

Other Religious Studies (24 credits)

Admission Requirements

Deadline each year is February 1 for Fall admission.

For a complete review of application requirements for the Ph.D., visit the GRE Application Requirements page


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