Online PhD 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
If you are a teacher, "preacher", spiritual healer, or independent scholar, researcher, or speaker in the field of religion and spirituality, including emerging,
alternative, esoteric, or modern spirituality, you may be perfectly suited to our online Ph.D. 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 Physics, English, 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, you must apply
for ordination from us at the same time.
Ordination tuition is completely waived -- no cost to you -- since you are seeking the PhD doctorate degree at the same time. Step by step instructions below.
This means you will be able to write your name two ways such as:
Rev. Dr. Terry Smith or Rev. Terry Smith, Ph.D.
We also grant other religious PhD's such as the PhD in Spiritual Philosophy. 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 a minister and/or alumni of our Seminary, you are invited to 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 sense the Divine touch when 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. Kick it up!, as the vernacular saying goes, to the next evolved level. Being the best of the best means you must serve, must "minister" to a higher, nobler cause than everyday 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. Fill out the
Application but do not pay ordination tuition because 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 Certificate of Ordination, Ph.D. diploma, wallet card credentials, shipping and handling.
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 and Seminary, Inc. 7257 NW 4th Blvd. #78, Gainesville, Florida 32607
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 .doc file, but you can print it out and snail mail it, if you prefer.
7. Take our enjoyable online
Ph.D. Religion course (some of which may be waived depending on your field experience, life experience and previous religious education)
Your Diploma: Once the above steps are all met, we will
send you your beautiful bonafide diploma -- with raised seal, official logo, signed in person, not by a computer.
It is very suitable for framing, and we also send you a wallet card showing
your new Ph.D. credentials. Transcripts are available for a transcript
fee. We send them directly to the institution of your choice, and to you.
Here is a photo of one of our graduates holding her PhD diploma.
Legality & Legitimacy
We also send you a copy of our affidavit acceptance letter of religious degree granting authority from the Commission of Independent Education, signed by the Executive Director of our State Commission of Independent Education and bearing the Department of Education's logo and State Seal. It states that our Seminary has met all the requirements of law, pursuant to specific statutes (which it lists) and is exempt from accreditation requirements aka "governmental oversight" as a religious institution. We must apply for this every year, to assure compliance with State Law for degree granting religious institutions. You may wish to read our FAQ page for more information
on our legal and accreditation status.
Other Online Doctoral Programs
If these requirements are too much for your schedule, you might wish to receive
the theological equivalent of the Ph.D., the Doctor of Theology
--Th.D. Or you may wish to pursue a Doctor of Divinity or Doctor of
Ministry degree from our Seminary. These are time honored religious doctoral
degrees which take less time and have lower tuition fees, but still allow
you to attach Dr. to your name and letters after your name (post-nominal
letters). We also have Bachelors and Masters degree
programs in Religion and Theology.
What is the difference between the PhD in Metaphysics and the Doctor of Divinity?
School Colors: The colors of the Esoteric Theological Seminary are emerald green and ivory. You may wish to order a cap and gown and a doctoral sash for an official portrait photograph. (The Seminary store does not carry these items, but you may order them from cap and gown companies).
REMINDER: Our tuition costs are the lowest among Seminaries around the world, both distance learning and brick and mortar. But still we recognize some degree candidates may have special circumstances which prevent
them from submitting the $890 tuition all at once. We do therefore have a Payment plan