Program Type

90 credits beyond BA


EUCLID School of Theology and Interfaith Studies

Study Mode

Online / Distance
Part Time or Full Time

Online PhD in Comparative Theology

This online PhD in Comparative Theology is primarily focused on comparative Christian theology but with significant coverage of world religions and interfaith studies. For this reason, this degree is specifically labeled as a PhD (Doctorate of Philosophy) in Comparative Christian Theology (DCCT).

For Roman Catholic students, it is useful to note that the degree is recognized by the Holy See under applicable UNESCO conventions. Also, the program’s Principal Faculty is Fr Jose Kuruchavira, a Salesian priest based in Rome (also teaching at the Salesian Pontifical University).

For Eastern Orthodox students, it is useful to note that a dual-degree option with the St Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute is possible to combine an ecclesiastical degree with a public intergovernmental degree.

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Academic Presentation

EUCLID’s doctoral program in comparative theology begins with a solid foundation in academic writing, research and critical thinking. Beyond these fundamental competencies, our faculty group has identify ‘must read’ textbooks that are combined with engaging multimedia resources including lectures and debates. EUCLID’s world-class LMS platform delivers the material in a logical progression which is both academic rigorous and achievable for part-time students.

This program use a large number of public moderated debates as learning instruments to consider comparative theology both from the perspective of apologetics as well as ecumenical convergence.

Possible areas of specialization include:

  • Comparative Liturgical studies
  • Comparative Hermeneutics
  • Ecumenical Studies
  • Dialectic and Apologetics
  • Comparative World Religions

EUCLID faculty members at work:

EUCLID congratulates Fr Jose Kuruvachira on the occasion of his recent meeting with Pope Francis held at the Vatican on January 9th 2014. The Pope had invited our distinguished EUCLID faculty member to mark Fr Jose Kuruvachira’s ordination jubilee and personally received a letter about EUCLID’s important work in ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue (Rome; January 2014).

PDF Academic Paper by Jose Kuruvachira on “Dialogue and Mission”
PDF Academic Paper by Jose Kuruvachira on “Revelation”
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Admissions / Entry Requirements for the PhD

Applicants should have a relevant Master’s degree issued by an institution listed in the UNESCO-IAU handbook / database. Similar or related backgrounds with adequate professional experience may be considered

Government-sponsored applicants (who are already government staff) may be admitted without the required educational credential if their level of education and experience is deemed sufficient. EUCLID may require these participants to complete bridge courses prior to enrolling in the program.

Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required and will be tested.

Students are expected to be in position to dedicate 10 to 15 effective hours of study on a weekly basis.

Tuition and Fees

Employment Outlook

This advanced program in Comparative Theology provides an outstanding academic preparation to its students for service in churches, ministries and institutions of higher learning. Its main purpose is to offer an engaging and academically sound graduate program to anyone interested in comparative theology (focus on Christian theology).

Faculty Highlights

EUCLID’s PhD in Theology programs are supported by a world-class faculty group which is truly global in scope and dedicated to high-quality interaction with each student. For each program, 3 faculty members are featured below, and the full faculty roster is accessible via the top menu.

Pr Jose Kuruchavira

(Rome, Italy)

Pr Nektarios Trevino

Adjunct Professor

Pr Laurent Cleenewerck

Professor of Theology and International Administration


Download Brochure

The full DCCT Brochure can be downloaded in PDF format.

Why study at EUCLID?

EUCLID is the only intergovernmental, treaty-based university with a UN registered charter and recognized expertise in interfaith studies. Learn from world-class experts.

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