Doctoral of Philosophy (Ph.D)

Doctor Of Philosophy - Ph.D. Theology

Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D Internet Bible College Vision CollegesPurpose:

The purpose of this degree program is to provide an opportunity for the student on a post-graduate level to achieve primacy in discipline of ministry and leadership, through original research and creative work in that area of ministry as demonstrated by a completed doctoral dissertation.

Nature of the Program

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is a 54 credit program beyond a masters which combines 27 credits in core courses, 9 credits in Special Topics, 4 credits in guided readings and a 14 credit Dissertation of 75,000 words minimum, using the approved style of writing a five chapter dissertation.

This research degree has a primary emphasis of leadership in research within various areas of ministry.  Each step of the doctorate is supervised by faculty mentors, one chosen by the student to serve as a reader and one by the University, who will serve as chairman of the committee. 

Admission:

For admission to the program the candidate must have a Masters degree in an appropriate discipline. A complete transcript of previous academic work is to be submitted before an application can be acted upon.  These transcripts will be evaluated in terms of the entrance and graduation requirements of the University with due allowances for equivalencies.

Program Description

The program is divided into four components:

  1. Core Courses (27 semester hours)

  2. Special Topics (9 semester hours)

  3. Guided Reading (4 semester hours)

  4. Doctoral Dissertation (14 semester hours)

  • Proposal (2 semester hours)
  • Dissertation (12 semester hours)

Component One - Core Courses (27 Hours)

A 5,000 word paper is to be written on each of the 9 core courses covering the topic thoroughly.  Each core course is worth three (3) credits.

CL701  Spiritual Formation

CL702  The Christian Life:  An Evangelical Spiritual Theology

CL703  Church Administration and Leadership

CL704  Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management

CL705  Advanced Leadership and Administration

CL706  Spiritual Leadership Formation and Basic Principles

CL707  Christian Ethics

CL708  The Missionary Encounter with World Religions

CL709  Advanced Spiritual Leadership Formation

The Doctoral student must submit a Bibliography of the books used for the core course papers. 

Note the word count does not include introduction, appendices, embedded scripture, quotations, endnotes, footnotes, bibliography, or the such like.  The word count is taken from the contents of the chapters only.

Component Two – Special Topics (9 Hours)

The doctoral student will select three special topics from the list below.  A 5,000 word paper is to be written on each of the 3 special topics courses covering the topic thoroughly.  Each special topics course is worth three (3) credits.

CB820  Philosophy of Corporate Management

CB840  Philosophy of Personal Management

CB850  Business Law and Ethics for Church Administrators

CC850  Clinical Applications of Counseling in the Church

CC860  Psychopathology, Sin and Demonic Influence

CC870  Psychotherapy, Pastoral Counseling and Inner Healing

CC880  Psychology and Theology – A Personal Integration

CC890  Personality Theory, Therapy and Development

ED820  Human Behaviour

ED830  Psychology of Learning

ED840  Philosophy of Learning

ED850  Educational Leadership

RS810  Higher Criticism, Biblical Exegesis and Textual Criticism

RS820  Contemporary Theology and Evangelical Belief

RS830  Church History and Modern Religious Movements

RS840  Creationism, Evolution and Biblical Theology

RS850  Practical Theology, Contemporary Methodology and Church Life

Component Three - Guided Readings (4 Hours)

Guided Readings reflect an area of research which is directed toward the writing of the doctoral project.  The student is to choose a minimum of twenty-five (25) sizable works, approved by the Principal, to read and write on.  The minimal size of the work is 5,000 words.  The writings must be comprehensive enough to cover the topic.  This primarily constitutes Chapter 2 of the doctoral project.  The completed Guided Readings are a part of the doctoral project and leads toward candidacy status.

Note the word count does not include embedded scripture, quotations, endnotes, footnotes, bibliography, introduction, appendices or the such like and are counted from the contents of the chapters only.

Component Four – Doctoral Dissertation (14 Hours)

Doctoral Proposal

The student is to then write a proposal for the Doctorate, describing the project according to the prescribed format. 

The minimum size of the dissertation is 75,000 of your own words with your choice of subject. An outline must be submitted for approval to the office and the decision on the suitability of the subject rests with the Principal and is final. Guidelines for writing the thesis are contained in the booklet Student Study Helps and Hints and is provided to the student. Further copies are available from our office

Note the word count does not include embedded scripture, quotations, endnotes, footnotes, bibliography, introduction, appendices or the such like and are counted from the contents of the chapters only.

The completed proposal is to be approved by the Doctoral Committee.  The process and format for a Doctoral Proposal is described in “Research Writing Made Easy” and the paper titled “Steps to Completing Your Doctoral Project/Dissertation”.


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