Doctor of Theology

Study Time Limit │ 9-yr

Program Goals

LTS, in its doctoral studies program, pays attention to the Asian context, which means that issues and questions relevant in Asia are taken into consideration. The D.Th. program is designed for:

  • Persons who wish to undertake an advanced level of theological study and research.
  • Persons who wish to prepare for a career of teaching in tertiary institutions.
  • Persons who wish to add a scholarly dimension to their ministry as executives on church boards, editors, publishers, writers, or pastoral leaders.


Admission Requirements

  • Hold the degree of M.Th., or its equivalent from an approved theological institution, or a Ph.D. degree in social science or human science (additional requirements will be applied. Please contact the Dean of Studies for details); have a GPA of at least 3.30 on each transcript submitted; and
  • Submit a research proposal of no more than five pages in English or 3,000 words in Chinese, that states reasons for pursuing graduate study, a summary of academic work done in anticipation of doctoral study, and a description of the intended area of study and specialization; and
  • Submit two letters of academic recommendations from professors or scholars, and one letter of reference from an appropriate ecclesiastical officer; and
  • Submit a written work.


Language Requirement

  • Persons enrolled in this program must have sufficient English knowledge for study at the graduate level.
  • For a student who chooses an emphasis in the area of New Testament or Old Testament, 9 credits of Greek (for NT) or 9 credits of Biblical Hebrew (for OT) are required.


Area of Emphasis


Biblical Theology
 Old Testament
 New Testament
 Jewish Studies


Systematic Theology
 Church History
 Historical Theology
 Lutheran Studies
 Christian Ethics


Practical Theology
 Pastoral Ministry and Leadership
 Christian Counseling
 Pastoral Counseling
 Christian Education
 Worship and Liturgy
 Mission and Culture