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Forging the scholars of tomorrow

We invite individuals who live in obedience to Christ and are called to ministry to join us as students. Smith Christian University delivers a rigorous, holistic, accredited education in flexible residential or distance education formats.

Our doctoral degree programs are specifically designed to give you exactly what you need to become what God has called you to be.

Our approach to education centers around the study of God’s Word. Our biblically grounded general studies go hand in hand with a solid core of theology and practical courses. Doctoral academic study is grounded in a scholarly, literal interpretation of the Scriptures that focuses on the original language, hermeneutics, biblical theology, historical theology, and systematic theology. Smith Christian University then integrates the latest trends, books, and resources to provide a balanced, relevant education.

Every full-time professor has completed or is completing an earned doctorate in his teaching field and has ministry and emphasis experience. Gain the expertise to do serious academic study and think deeply in a world that desperately needs truth. Our highly qualified professors bring a wealth of knowledge and ministry experience to the classroom. They combine their commitment to the Bible with innovative teaching techniques. This combination gives you the best possible learning experience.

At Smith Christian University, we are dedicated to developing you for success in career and ministry. We believe you should understand what you are taught. You should ask challenging questions and engage in thoughtful discussion. Our aim is to guide you as you develop the core convictions and biblically based beliefs that will prepare you for success in every area of life.

You should ask challenging questions, engage in thoughtful discussion, and learn how to develop core convictions and beliefs that will prepare you for success in every area of life.

Our programs are designed for you.

With 20 doctoral degree programs, SCU allows you to match your talents and interests to a specific field.

Doctoral Programs

First-Level Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Ministry (D.Min)
  • Doctor of Ministry in Theology (D.Min)
  • Doctor of Ministry in Church Administration (D.Min)
  • Doctor of Education in Christian Education (Ed.D.)
  • Doctor of Theology in Christian Counseling (Th.D.)
  • Doctor of Missiology in Missionary Evangelism* (D.Min)

Second-Level Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Ministry (Ph.D)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies (Ph.D)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Theology(Ph.D)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Counseling(Ph.D)

Begin Your Journey

Start your journey toward a brighter future rooted in faith and knowledge. Contact us to begin.