Maseno University

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The Department of Religion, Theology and Philosophy offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree programme in Religion in (8) eight broad areas namely; Comparative Religion, Ethics, Religion and Development, Religion and Culture, Religion and Gender, Religion and Human Rights and Religion and Conflict Management and Peace.

The religious pluralism which characterizes many societies in the contemporary society and the pervasiveness of religion in human experience, especially in Africa, demand trained human power in different fields of religion. The programme covers important themes that relate religion to processes of modernization and development.


The Programme aims at:-

1.1 Producing competent professionals in religion who can further knowledge through scholarship and research.

1.2 Enhancing critical thinking in the examination and analysis of contemporary and emerging issues.

1.3 Producing professionals who are able to undertake research and teaching at university and other higher institutions of learning.

1.4 Producing professionals who are able to apply religious knowledge and expertise in solving societal problems.


To qualify for admission into the Doctor of Philosophy programme in Religion, the applicant shall be:

1.5 A holder of a Masters degree in Religion from Maseno University or any other recognized university in the relevant area

1.6 A holder of other qualifications considered by Senate as equivalent to a Masters degree in Religion.


A fulltime student for the Ph.D degree shall normally be registered for a minimum of three years and maximum of five years. A part-time student shall be registered for a minimum of four years and a maximum of seven years. Continuance of registration will depend on evidence of satisfactory progress.


1.7 The programme shall normally consist of Research and Thesis writing.

1.8 Where a doctoral student is found deficient in areas necessary for Ph.D research work, the student shall be required to select relevant courses from level 8 courses in consultation with the department.

1.9 A doctoral student must submit to the Director, School of Graduate Studies (SGS), through Faculty Post Graduate Studies Committee (FPGSC) a research proposal within one academic year after the registration.