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
Head of PhD in Theology program: Prof. Dr. Péter BALLA

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. Transcript of records
  2. Copy of degree or diploma
  3. Curriculum Vitae with an overview of scientific interests
  4. Copy of passport or identity card
  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.)
  6. Certificate of scientific activities
  7. List of publications
  8. Description of the desired research topic
  9. Declaration of acceptance by the doctoral supervisor
  10. Payment of the application fee (non-refundable cost): 50 EUR/programme paid in 10 working days after filling the application form.
    Bank details:
    Address of the Owner: H-1091 Budapest, Kálvin tér 9.
    Name of Bank: ERSTE BANK
    IBAN: HU54 1160 0006 0000 0000 1014 8552
    Account No.: 11600006-00000000-10148552
    Swift code: GIBAHUHB
    Description: Full name_THEO PHD
  11. and the Application form

Fees and Scholarship Opportunities

I. Self-financing applicants

The application for the 2021/2022 academic year is now closed! The application for the 2022/2023 academic year will open in the winter of 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

The application for the 2021/2022 academic year is now closed! The application for the 2022/2023 academic year will open again in autumn 2021.

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

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

The application for the 2021/2022 academic year is now closed! The application for the 2022/2023 academic year will open again in autumn 2021.

Call for Applications 2021/2022

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 2021/22 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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Study Administration office hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 - 14:00

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




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