PhD In Theology

The Reformed Theological Academy of Budapest, the predecessor of the Faculty of Theology of Károli Gáspár University, has been issuing doctoral degrees since World War II.  In addition to granting PhD titles, the doctoral council conferred the title of doctor honoris causa to famous academic and public personalities in Hungary and abroad.
Language of instruction: English

Programme Structure

The Doctoral School prepares candidates in the field of theology. The aim of the programme is to teach students the most recent research methodology, to prepare them for individual academic work and to participate in conferences, and to help them gain teaching experience in higher education.

The timetable is set up for each and every doctoral student individually, based on the chosen research area. The education is carried out in the framework of a tutorial system. We encourage students to participate in international conferences and give lectures. The Doctoral and Habilitation Council of Theology takes the previously gained experiences in to consideration and tailors the educational methods accordingly.

The majority of our professors have obtained their PhD degree at foreign universities. They continually publish articles in English language professional journals and have their foreign language books published. Besides organising international conferences, they often participate as lecturers at such events.


Admission Criteria and Application Process

Entry requirements: 

  • MA degree Protestant Theology/Teacher of Religion and the entrance exam
  • Applicants must be highly proficient in spoken and written English.


Application documents:

  1. Copy of degree or diploma
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Copy of passport or identity card
  4. Proof of the transfer of the application fee (non-refundable cost)
    The application fee (50,- EUR ) is to be transferred to the following bank account: OTP 11705008-20471736. Please write „your name, HTK, application fee” in the description field.
  5. Copy of level C language exam certificate in English
    (Native speakers and applicants who completed their bachelor and/or master level studies in English do not have to provide proof of English their language proficiency.)

and the Application form

Fees and Scholarship Opportunities

I. Application deadline for self-financing applicants: 30 April 2021

Application deadline: 30 April 2021
The programme starts in September.

Tuition fee: 300.000 HUF/semester

Self funding applicants shall submit their documentation via our Online Application Platform.

II. Stipendium Hungaricum Programme

Application deadline: 16/01/2021

Please find HERE the new Call for Applications for the academic year 2021/2022.

The Stipendium Hungaricum online application system for the 2021/2022 academic year is now open:

Applicants of certain countries may have the possibility to apply for the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme financed by the Hungarian state. The scholarship covers the entire tuition fee, budget for accommodation (or contribution to accommodation costs) and medical insurance in Hungary.

Application Timeline:

For more information please visit

III. Scholarship Programme for Christian Young People (to be updated soon)

We are pleased to announce that the new Call for Applications for the academic year 2020/2021.

Application deadline: January 31 2020

Call for Applications 2020/2021

The core mission of the Scholarship Programme for Christian Young People is to provide the possibility of studying in Hungary for young Christian students living in the crisis regions of the world and/or being threatened in their country because of their faith.

For the 2020/21 academic year, the scholarship is announced for the citizens of the following countries: Egypt, Lebanese Republic, Republic of Iraq, State of Israel,Palestine, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic, Republic of Kenya, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia,Republic of Armenia and Nigeria.

Contact Information

Academic issues and administrative issues: Ms. Éva Sógor, Head of the Dean’s Office or Ms. Adél Gazdagné Karácsony, Academic Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Address: Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem, Hittudományi Kar, 1022 Budapest, Csopaki u. 6.


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