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  • Writer's pictureCaleb Kaltenbach

Doctorates in Discipleship, Spiritual Formation, Pastoral Counseling, and Related Disciplines

Updated: 3 days ago


Best practices of discipleship, spiritual formation, pastoral/biblical counseling, mentoring, and related disciplines have been at the forefront of Christian leaders' minds since the Spirit was poured out in Acts 2. I understand that some won't like me placing these disciplines into one category, but I'm operating from the standpoint that such topics are still related, even if they are different. These disciplines have become some of the most popular for Christians to study. As such, seminaries and other Christian educational institutions have designed programs with programs with such majors. Most of the following degrees are available via distance-learning modalities (almost all Doctor of Ministry and other professional doctorates are offered in an online or modular/hybrid format). Below is a list of some schools that offer doctorates in discipleship, spiritual formation, counseling, and other related topics. If interested, please continually check this blog post, as this list will be updated often.


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STUDY MODE

M: modular (2-5 day intensives)

O: online (100% online)

H: hybrid (modular + online)

C: coaching & mentoring sessions (one-on-one)

LS: live-streaming (digitally joining a class)

R: independent research (or dissertation only)


ABBREVIATIONS- DEGREES

Ph.D.: Doctor of Philosophy

Th.D.: Doctor of Theology

Ed.D.: Doctor of Education

D.Min.: Doctor of Ministry

D.Th.M.: Doctor of Theology & Ministry

D.T.L.: Doctor of Transformational Leadership

D.Ed.Min.: Doctor of Educational Ministry


1. PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATES


Abilene Christian University


Asbury Theological Seminary

D.Min. in Spiritual Direction (M)

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary—Evangel University

D.Min. in Spiritual Formation (M)


Azusa Pacific University

D.Min. in Spiritual Formation (M)


Bakke Graduate University

D.Min. in Ministry in Complex Contexts or Missional Spiritual Formation (M)


Baptist Bible Seminary—Clarks Summit University


Bethel University—Bethel Seminary


B.H. Carroll Theological Seminary—East Texas Baptist University

D.Min. in Ministry & Formation (O+R)


Calvin Theological Seminary


The Catholic University of America

D.Min. in Spirituality (M)


Dallas Theological Seminary

D.Min. in Spiritual Formation (M)


Denver Seminary

D.Min. in Spiritual Formation (M)


Fordham University

D.Min. in Spirituality (H)


Friends University

D.Min. in Formation & Soul Care (H)


Fuller Theological Seminary


Gardner-Webb University


Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


Grace School of Theology

D.Min. in Counseling (M)


Houston Graduate School of Theology


The King's Seminary—The King’s University


Liberty University

D.W.S. in Pastoral Counseling (O)


The Master's University

D.Min. in Biblical Counseling (H)


Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary

D.Min. in Biblical Counseling (O)


Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

D.Min. in Biblical Counseling (M)


Nazarene Theological Seminary


New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary


Oblate School of Theology


Perkins School of Theology—Southern Methodist University

D.Min. in Spiritual Formation (M)


Portland Seminary—George Fox University


Regent Divinity School—Regent University


Richmont Graduate University


Shepherds Theological Seminary


Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


Talbot School of Theology—Biola University


Wesley Seminary—Indiana Wesleyan University


Westminster Theological Seminary


Wheaton College


2. PROFESSIONAL & ACADEMIC COMBO DOCTORATES


Liberty University


Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


Talbot School of Theology—Biola University


3. ACADEMIC DOCTORATES


Andrews University


Beeson Divinity School—Samford University

Ph.D. in Theology of the Church (M+R+O)

***You can write on whatever theological topic you wish


B.H. Carroll Theological Seminary—East Texas Baptist University

Ph.D. in Ministry & Formation (O or LS)


Kairos University

Ph.D. in Transformative Leadership or Trauma-Informed Care or Practices of Reconciliation (H)

Th.D. in Personhood ~OR~ Semiotics or Trauma & Transformation (H)


Liberty University


Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary

Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling (O)


Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


Neumann University

Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling (M)


Northwest Nazarene University

Th.D. in Theology of the Church (M+R+O)

***This doctoral program is also offered in Spanish

***You can write on whatever theological topic you wish


Regent University


Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Ph.D. in Christian Counseling (M)


The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling (LS+R)


Talbot School of Theology—Biola University


United Theological Seminary

***You can write on whatever theological topic you wish


4. INTERNATIONAL DOCTORATES

***Usually, “Dissertation-Only” with little or no residencies required. Students need to Zoom or FaceTime with their mentor professor(s) at least once a month.


Catholic Institute of Sydney—University of Notre Dame Australia

Th.D. (Doctor of Theology) in Theology (R)


Cliff College—University of Manchester (UK)


Durham University (UK)


Eva Burrows College (Australia)

Ph.D. in Theology of Ministry & Mission or Spiritual Resilience or Pastoral Care (R + 8 hrs a year in residence)


Laidlaw College (New Zealand)

PhD or ThD (R + 8 hrs a year in residence)

***You can write on whatever theological topic you wish


London School of Theology—Middlesex University (UK)


Loyola School of Theology—Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines)


Melbourne School of Theology (Australia)

***You can write on whatever theological topic you wish


Morling College

Ph.D. or Th.D. (R, O + 8 hrs a year in residence)

***You can write on whatever theological topic you wish


Nazarene Theological College—University of Manchester (UK)


Oxford Brookes University (UK)

***You can write on whatever theological topic you wish


Ridley College (Australia)

Ph.D. in Theology

***You can write on whatever theological topic you wish


St. Augustine College of South Africa (South Africa)

***You can write on whatever theological topic you wish


South African Theological Seminary (South Africa)

***You can write on whatever theological topic you wish


Stellensbosch University (South Africa)


Trinity College—University of Dublin (Ireland)

Ph.D. in (R)

***You can write on whatever theological topic you wish


Tyndale Seminary—Tyndale University (Canada)

Ph.D. in Spiritual Formation (M)


Union School of Theology—Free University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Ph.D. in Practical & Applied Theology with a Spiritual Formation focus (R)


University of Aberdeen

***You can focus/write on Spiritual Formation, Discipleship, Pastoral Care, etc


University of Birmingham

***You can write on whatever theological topic you wish


University of Bristol (UK)

***You can write on whatever theological topic you wish


The University of Edinburgh (UK)

***You can write on whatever theological topic you wish


University of Exeter (UK)

***You can write on whatever theological topic you wish


University of Hull (UK)


University of Opole (Poland)

***You can write on whatever theological topic you wish


University of Pretoria (South Africa)


University of South Africa

University of Sunderland (UK)

Ph.D. (R)

***You can write on whatever theological topic you wish


University of Wales-Trinity Saint David (UK)

***The school also offers a Ph.D. route where the student produces a creative work instead of a dissertation


Whitley College (Australia)

Ph.D. in (R + 8 hrs a year in residence)

***You can write on whatever theological topic you wish



5. RELATED DOCTORATES


Amridge University


Columbia International University

Ph.D. in Practical Theology (R+LS)

***You can focus on Spiritual Formation


Duke Divinity School—Duke University

D.Min. (H)

***You can focus/write on Spiritual Formation


Eastern University


Fuller Theological Seminary

***You can focus on Spiritual Formation


Gateway Seminary

D.Min. (M+LS)

***You can focus/write on Spiritual Formation


Grace Theological Seminary

***You can focus/write on Spiritual Formation and focus on your ministry context

Saint Leo University

Southeastern University

D.Min. (H)

***You can focus/write on Spiritual Formation


Trinity Evangelical Divinity School—Trinity International University

***You can focus/write on Spiritual Formation


Wheaton College

D.Min. (H)

***You can focus/write on Spiritual Transformation


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