Description of the Program

The PhD (Religion) is a terminal research degree designed for those who desire to pursue biblical and theological scholarship at the highest level.

Accredited by Kenya’s Commission on University Education, the PhD includes some general coursework in religion. However, the emphasis is on the writing of a specialized thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge within one of the sub-fields of biblical studies, systematic theology, historical theology, or missiology. Because course work and thesis research/writing are pursued simultaneously, students can expect to complete within 3 years (full-time) or no more than 5 years (part-time)

In order to allow for a cohort model of learning, intake for the PhD religion is done once annually in August with course work beginning in September. Two to three weeks of annual residency (including intensive seminars) are required in February and July at the main ANU campus outside Nairobi. Pre-seminar and post-seminar assignments are completed through E-Naz (Moodle), the University’s distance learning platform.

For more information about the programme including a listing of courses, a schedule, a competitive fee structure and an admissions application, please contact:

Rev Gregory Crofford, PhD

Senior Lecturer and Coordinator, PhD (Religion)


Objectives of the Program

The Ph. D in Religion degree aims to grow students holistically through the outcomes of knowledge, skills, professional development and attitudes. So, that at the time of graduation, students will be able to meet the following degree objectives:

  1. Integrating academic abilities, research methods, and advanced ministry skills in order to develop creative forms and modes of engagement in mission.
  1. Demonstrating growth in self-understanding, self-evaluation, and self-direction in regard to lifelong study.
  2. Exhibiting increased knowledge and skills in human relationships, spiritual growth, and leadership potential in various ministry contexts.
  3. Displaying growth in understanding of and appreciation for the integration of Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience.
  4. Showing a formation of a theology of ministry grounded in understanding of and participation in the mission of God in the world.
  5. Applying acquired skills through research and communicating this to the Church and society.

Assessing their social environment, particularly the spiritual aspects, and offer possible solutions.

Units Offered

2 Common Doctoral Units Plus the dissertation

Post-graduate Research and Writing

Doctoral Dissertation Proposal

Doctoral Dissertation


5 Common Religion PhD Units

Comparative Religions

Post-graduate Research Method

African Traditional Religions

Advanced Biblical Theology

Post-graduate Research Methods 2


Three (3) Electives Units

Duration of the Program

Full time students in the programme will normally require three calendar years (nine trimesters). Part time students are normally allowed five years from the trimester of first enrollment.

Mode of Study


Part Time

Locations where the program is offered

The ANU Main Campus in Ongata Rongai, Kenya

Fee Structure

2016 PhD in Rel fees

School or Department which program is offered under