Online PhD Degree Programs
- Ph.D. in Religion, or Ph.D.
in Religious Studies
Ph.D. in Metaphysics
- Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling, or Ph.D.
in Spiritual Counseling
- Other Religious Ph.D. tailored specifically to your work
START YOUR NEW SPIRITUAL CAREER in 2017!
If you are a spiritual counselor or healer, author, speaker, researcher or independent scholar in the field of religion and spirituality, including emerging,
alternative, esoteric, or contemporary spirituality, you are perfectly suited to our online Ph.D. degree programs.
The Esoteric Theological Seminary is unique in our lack of dogma, and cutting edge with our emerging spirituality studies and flexible distance
learning program. Degrees earned here are religious degrees, not academic (not to be confused
with a Ph.D. in English or Chemistry, which are academic fields).
Become a Rev. Dr.
Our Doctoral Degrees are conferred only to ordained ministers, so if not already an ordained minister, Rabbi or other clergy, you will apply
for no-cost ordination at the same time as applying for the degree.
Ordination tuition is completely waived since you are seeking the PhD doctorate degree at the same time. Step by step instructions below.
You will be able to write your name two ways:
Rev. Dr. Terry Smith or Rev. Terry Smith, Ph.D.
You may customize your religious PhD to suit the work you are doing. Other PhD's we've conferred are: the PhD in Spiritual Philosophy, Religious Education, etc.
Just ask if you are seeking a religious PhD not listed here
Benefits to You & Your Clients:
Those you counsel will be reassured by your advanced religious credentials. The PhD is the most respected degree in the world. The PhD in Metaphysics gives the added advantage of enabling the degree holder to be called a metaphysician. It is uniquely suited not just to religious philosophers but to spiritual healers and metaphysical healers. Metaphysician means "beyond [physical] healing". If this is what you do, why not get the credentials you deserve and put
Rev. Dr. Terry Smith, Metaphysician on your business cards.
Once you become an alumni of the Seminary, you can join the Seminary's exclusive forum to meet and network with your many fellow alumni. You also receive life-time letter of recommendation and reference service, transcript service (transcripts require a fee) and free support / guidance for starting your own spiritual practice, center, church, research or teaching center including friendly advice on tax-exempt status, incorporating, etc. Here at the Esoteric Theological Seminary you will experience the human touch from faculty, staff and alumni, and may be asked to contribute your skills and time to your spiritual community in a leadership position.
We are living in a spiritually-starved and struggling world. Many people feel disconnected and downright confused about life's ultimate questions. Be one of the light-holders helping fellow humans make sense of it all, helping them step up to the next level. Being the best of the best means you must serve, must "minister" to a higher, nobler cause than mundane life.
More on the legality and legitimacy of our degrees below
Note the Doctor of Philosophy originally was a religious degree and still can
be obtained in its original form only in seminaries and religious universities
around the world. The Esoteric Theological Seminary, the educational
institution of the Esoteric Interfaith Church, Inc. is part of that unbroken
heritage of religious schools, and is one of the few places you can get the original religious Ph.D. (See the History
of the PhD if you are interested in the historical evolution of the Ph.D. from religious degree to academic degree).
Just follow these Steps:
1. Fill out the
Application. Ordination as a minister is FREE with your PhD.
2. We notify you of acceptance usually within 24 - 48 hours of receiving your Ph.D. application. Pay one-time Tuition
Fee of $890.00, which includes everything: Ph.D. degree diploma, Certificate of Ordination, wallet cards showing both your new credentials in miniature, and free shipping.
PAYMENT PLAN: Our tuition costs are the lowest among Seminaries, but still we recognize some applicants may not be able to submit the entire $890 tuition up front, so we have a Payment plan
The following steps can be completed in any order:
Email scanned copy or snail mail to the
Seminary any college level transcripts you may have. Previous college or seminary training is not required, but we want to see transcripts if you do have them. If you can't scan and email, you may snail-mail your transcript(s) to us at: Esoteric Interfaith Church & Seminary, Inc. 2753 E. Broadway Rd. Suite 101-408, Mesa, AZ 85204-1574
Email your reasons for desiring the Ph.D. and how you will use it. Describe any work and experience in the field of spirituality.
5. Submit by Email your spiritual history (tell the story of religion & spirituality in your life from childhood to present)
6. Submit by Email your 4000 (or more) word thesis / dissertation paper. Write on any religious, metaphysical or spiritual topic. We prefer you submit your paper by email
as a Word document or PDF file, but you can print it out and snail mail it, if you prefer.
7. OPTIONAL: Take our enjoyable online
Ph.D. Religion course (not required depending on your field experience, life experience and previous religious education). Upon application you will be sent links to our other online PhD courses you may complete.