PhDTh – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Theology
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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Theology program at the School of Theology is a 60-unit (four-year) program designed to prepare students with unusual promise and academic ability to teach in colleges theological schools and for professional leadership in the church and society.
It is a theological degree. It requires broad theological knowledge and aims at preparing the student for the competent scholarly development of his special field of study in the context of the theological disciplines.
It is a research degree. The student is expected to understand the methodological and epistemological presuppositions of her/his field and to become capable of advancing the field through genuine research.
It is a professional degree. It emphasizes the professional applicability of the field of research by correlating theoretical and practical coursework and implementing critical reflection on the nature of the interdependence of professional theory and practice and methods and procedures relevant to it.
Doctor of Philosophy in Theology Program Learning Outcome:
Interpret biblical texts critically and competently, explaining the meaning of a given text within applicable contexts.
Explore interactions between significant historical developments in Christianity and discussions concerning the Christian faith's major and distinctive teachings, discerning various factors that have shaped them.
Apply and evaluate current methods for incorporating the teachings of faith – especially the Christian faith – into individuals' lives in a faith community, beginning with oneself.
Communicate coherently in professionally competent written form (following a standard style guide) and an effective oral form on religious matters, illuminating historical, theological, and pastoral implications for contemporary societies.
Doctor of Philosophy in Theology Admissions:
Master of Arts degree in Theology, or an equivalent.