PhD studies 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.

Once the deadline for applications has passed, it is not possible to submit applications or pay fees. Incomplete applications will be automatically rejected.

Application documents:

  1. Transcript of records
  2. Official and certified (stamped) English translation 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


Please note, that applications will be considered complete only after the university has received the application fee.

Fees and Scholarship Opportunities

I. Self-financing applicants

The application for the 2023/2024 academic year is open between 01 February 2023 - 31 March 2023!
The programme starts in September.

Tuition fee:
1200 EUR / semester for non EU citizens
1100 EUR / semester for EU citizens.

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

II. Stipendium Hungaricum Programme

The application for the 2023/2024 academic year is closed!

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.

Call for Applications for BA and MA studies 2023/2024

Call for Applications for doctoral program 2023/2024

Application Timeline:

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III. Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship

The application for the 2023/2024 academic year is closed!

The Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship was established by the Hungarian Government for those who live in a Hungarian diaspora outside of Europe and wish to study at a Hungarian higher education institution to develop their personal, professional and cultural relations to Hungary.

The programme aims to support the professional advancement of the scholarship holders with high-quality Hungarian higher education while improving their Hungarian language skills and strengthening their Hungarian identity. After graduation, scholarship holders return to their home country with competitive skills and knowledge that enables them to support their community, preserve Hungarian values and reinforce the relations between the diaspora and Hungary.

Call for Applications 2023/2024

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IV. Scholarship Programme for Christian Young People

The application for the 2023/2024 academic year is closed!

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.

Call for Applications 2022/2023


V. Károli Christian Scholarship

The application for the 2023/2024 academic year is open between 01 December 2022 - 31 January 2023!

Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary founded a scholarship to provide the opportunity of studying in Hungary for young Christian students from certain countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Call for Applications 2022/2023

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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