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PhD in Women’s Spirituality

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus September 2017 USA San Francisco

The Women's Spirituality program is located at the intersection of Women/Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, and Religion. Our program honors the spiritual impulse to redress the suppression of the sacred feminine and the oppression of women. [+]

Best Part time Doctors of Philosophy in Theology 2017. PhD in Philosophy and Religion with Concentration in Women's Spirituality The Women's Spirituality program is located at the intersection of Women/Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, and Religion. Our program honors the spiritual impulse to redress the suppression of the sacred feminine and the oppression of women. We join with those who seek to end the exploitation of marginalized social groups and address the suffering of the Earth and its many species. Our faculty is internationally known and includes many pioneers in the interdisciplinary field of Women’s Spirituality. Overview Founded by internationally known trailblazers in the women's spirituality movement, this doctoral program is located at the intersection of women/gender studies, ethnic studies, religious studies, and philosophy. Through evening and weekend classes, online courses, and a semi-distance option, the program offers you a flexible format that allows you to integrate your studies with your professional and/or family life. Our PhD program: Offers you rigorous academic training that is grounded in transdisciplinary, spiritual, and feminist methodologies Prepares you to conduct original research in one of the following areas: Women in World Religions; Feminist and Ecofeminist Philosophy and Activism; and Women's Mysteries, Sacred Arts, and Healing Provides a community of engaged scholars who are taking leadership on national and global issues related to women, gender, ecology, and spirituality Your doctoral dissertation makes an original contribution to cross-disciplinary scholarship in this emergent field. Areas of Emphasis for the PhD in Philosophy and Religion with a Concentration in Women's Spirituality Women and World Religions We review a variety of ancient lineages that document women's spiritual power and religious experience from the ancient world to the present. The study of women and world religions begins with an examination of the evidence for the transmission of reverence for a dark mother of Africa to all continents of the world. We explore the sacred iconographies and roles of women in African, Native American, Meso-American, South American, Asian/Pacific Islander, old European, and other indigenous, Goddess and God spiritual traditions. We examine women's spiritual roles and practices in historical and contemporary expressions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Shinto, and more. Canonical and orthodox religious beliefs are studied alongside the submerged, subterranean, and heretical streams that run beneath the accepted doctrines of established religions - found in the folklore, heresies, and everyday rituals of subaltern cultures. We encourage women's spiritual quests, interfaith dialogues, and the study of the Sacred Feminine or Feminine Divine of all traditions. Feminist and Ecofeminist Philosophy and Activism Feminist philosophy has long emphasized a relational approach to key philosophical issues; it encourages us to live well and to generate happiness in our own lives and the lives of others. This holistic approach eschews reductionist and mechanistic dualisms to generate a worldview of dynamic interconnectedness in the web of life. Ecofeminist philosophy explores the embodied, embedded, ecosocial context of philosophical issues, focusing attention on the emergent field of relational or holistic thought, as well as rational-intuitive thinking. Courses include work with process philosophy and process theology/theology, postcolonial womanist-feminist and indigenous worldviews, and literary responses to major ecological and philosophical issues. Women's Mysteries, Sacred Arts, and Healing Many elements of language, ritual, and the arts have roots in cultural responses to the elemental powers of the female and the ineffable mysteries of the cosmos. An honoring of women's mysteries of birth and sexuality, transformation, death and rebirth informs our coursework in ritual, music, dance, literature, painting, and film appreciation. The experiential as well as intellectual study of diverse sacred arts is intended to evoke one's innate creativity, revealing personal and cultural sources of mystical insight, embodied healing, and artistic blossoming. Apply to the Women’s Spirituality PhD The Women's Spirituality doctoral program is located at the intersection of women's/gender studies, ethnic studies, philosophy, and religion. Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of the Institute and would ideally have an MA in one of the disciplines mentioned above. For those who do not have a background in a related field, up to 18 additional units of courses drawn from the WSE curriculum will be required, minus equivalencies. (Equivalency for university courses previously taken is determined by the WSE Admissions Committee on an individual basis.) Successful candidates for admission into the Women's Spirituality doctoral program typically have the following qualifications: A vision that is compatible with the program's mission A commitment to personal and social transformation Demonstrated ability to think critically and creatively Respect for a diversity of viewpoints Sufficient maturity and stability to pursue independent inquiry The ability to clearly articulate educational, professional, and research goalsStrong scholarly writing skills The ability to identify a prospective area of specialization and/or dissertation topic that is consistent with the program's mission and resources [-]

PhD in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus September 2017 USA San Francisco

One of the most significant recent developments is the engagement of our spiritual traditions in this transformation of consciousness and society. When the moral force of the world's religions combines with the depth understanding of ecology, humanity will find itself in the very center of that profoundly mysterious process by which the Earth Community is revitalizing itself. [+]

A one-time $5000 scholarship is available to newly admitted students in the Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion Program for Fall 2015. We live in the midst of one of the greatest transitions in Earth's history. Humanity, having become a planetary force, is now shaping both its own future and the long-term future of millions of species of life. This decisive process occupies the most creative personalities of our time. One of the most significant recent developments is the engagement of our spiritual traditions in this transformation of consciousness and society. When the moral force of the world's religions combines with the depth understanding of ecology, humanity will find itself in the very center of that profoundly mysterious process by which the Earth Community is revitalizing itself. OUR MISSION Numerous interlocking ecological crises, including mass extinction of species, climate change, desertification, and poverty, mark the 21st century as a time of unprecedented change and challenge. This ecological devastation calls forth scientific, economic, and policy responses. Yet such standard responses often appear inadequate to the scope of the crisis. Many leading thinkers have come to understand that the ecological crisis represents a crisis of human consciousness, and requires fundamental revisioning of cultural values. The pace of global change calls for an understanding of the process by which humanity came to this crossroads in planetary history. It also calls for more enlightened ways of thinking and being in the world. The world's religious and spiritual traditions offer deep insight into the human condition, along with profound teachings about how humans should relate to one another and to Earthly life. Questions about the role and meaning of the human have illuminated religious quests for millennia; these same questions inspire the contemporary search for ecological sustainability. The concentration in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion at CIIS is designed to help students to address these and related questions with rigor, insight, and efficacy. Taking inspiration from such visionaries as geologian Thomas Berry; His Holiness the Dalai Lama; systems theorist Joanna Macy; Nobel Laureate and Green Belt Movement founder Wangari Maathai; World Resources Institute founder Gus Speth; Forum on Religion and Ecology founders Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim; and many other leading thinkers, the Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion concentration invites students into an emerging discussion in which they will generate new knowledge, contributing to a growing field of academic inquiry and activism. Through the Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion concentration in the Philosophy and Religion department at CIIS, master's and doctoral students explore the role of worldviews, philosophies, and religion in understanding and responding to interconnected global ecological crises. They gain facility with ecological principles and practices. They develop the knowledge and wisdom to respond to the ecological devastation from healing integral and transdisciplinary perspectives. Students acquire skills and insight to transform practices, worldviews, and consciousness in service of a more just, sustainable, and flourishing future. The program's uniquely integrated curriculum explores such questions as: What is the role of religion, spirituality, and culture in the ecological crises of our time? What ecological insights does the world's religious heritage offer? How can explore worldviews help to understand and address ecological trauma? [-]

PhD in Hussite Theology

Charles University Hussite Theological Faculty
Campus Part time 3 years October 2017 Czech Republic Prague

Indispensable amount of graduates is going to work as research workers in branches like Comeniology, humanities history or as specialized editors of the theological texts etc. Major part of the graduates - related to specific confession - will find a place in practical occupation meaning they become higher dignitaries of the Church. [+]

Best Part time Doctors of Philosophy in Theology 2017. Language: German Profile of the graduate Indispensable amount of graduates is going to work as research workers in branches like Comeniology, humanities history or as specialized editors of the theological texts etc. Major part of the graduates - related to specific confession - will find a place in practical occupation meaning they become higher dignitaries of the Church. That posts require sophisticated training, the criteria fulfilled precisely by the doctoral study. Some of the graduates find their future career in the international ecumenical and inter - confessional or possibly international humanitarian organizations operated by or cooperating with individual Christian churches/denominations. [-]

PhD in Systematic and Practical Theology

Charles University Protestant Theological Faculty
Campus Part time 4 years October 2017 Czech Republic Prague

Graduates have a knowledge of the theoretical and methodological bases of systematic and practical theology and are familiar with current research trends. [+]

Graduates have a knowledge of the theoretical and methodological bases of systematic and practical theology and are familiar with current research trends. They are linguistically equipped for research work with sources, are proficient in the relevant research methodology, and are familiar with the rules for interpreting specialist findings. They are capable of making critical use of their theoretical knowledge and specialist skills and applying them contextually. They are capable of presenting the results of their academic work in the context of a discussion among specialists. They are qualified to carry out research work independently and to be active in their field in an academic teaching capacity. [-]

PhD in Historical Theology and Theology of Religions

Charles University Protestant Theological Faculty
Campus Part time 4 years October 2017 Czech Republic Prague

Graduates have a knowledge of the theoretical bases of historiography and the theology of religions, and are familiar with current research trends (specializing in historical studies or the study of religions). [+]

Best Part time Doctors of Philosophy in Theology 2017. Graduates have a knowledge of the theoretical bases of historiography and the theology of religions, and are familiar with current research trends (specializing in historical studies or the study of religions). They are linguistically equipped for research work with sources, are proficient in the relevant research methodology, and are familiar with the rules for interpreting specialist findings. They are capable of making critical use of their theoretical knowledge and specialist skills and applying them contextually. They are capable of presenting the results of their academic work in the context of a discussion among specialists. They are qualified to carry out research work independently and to be active in their field in an academic teaching capacity. [-]

PhD in Biblical Studies

Charles University Protestant Theological Faculty
Campus Part time 4 years October 2017 Czech Republic Prague

Graduates have a knowledge of the theoretical bases of biblical studies and are familiar with current research trends (specialising in Old Testament or New Testament studies). They understand the relevant ancient languages, are proficient in exegetic methodology, and are familiar with the basic principles of interpreting ancient texts. [+]

Graduates have a knowledge of the theoretical bases of biblical studies and are familiar with current research trends (specialising in Old Testament or New Testament studies). They understand the relevant ancient languages, are proficient in exegetic methodology, and are familiar with the basic principles of interpreting ancient texts. They are capable of making critical use of their theoretical knowledge and specialist skills and applying them contextually. They are capable of presenting the results of their academic work in the context of a discussion among specialists. They are qualified to carry out research work independently and to be active in their field in an academic teaching capacity. [-]

Phd Theology

University of Nicosia
Campus Part time 3 years September 2017 Greece Athens Cyprus Nicosia + 2 more

The University of Nicosia offers Doctoral Program in Theology and Culture, from September 2015. In particular, the program covers the following subjects. [+]

Best Part time Doctors of Philosophy in Theology 2017. Duration (years): 3 years Qualification Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy in Theology Level of Qualification: 3rd Cycle (Doctorate Degree) Language of Instruction: Greek Mode of Study: Full-time or Part-time Minimum Credits: 90 Minimum ECTS Credits: 180 Profile of the Programme: PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME The University of Nicosia offers Doctoral Program in Theology and Culture, from September 2015. In particular, the program covers the following subjects: Biblical Studies Ecclesiastical History (General, Greece, Cyprus, Patriarchates, Slavic churches etc.) Patrology and Hagiology Dogmatic, inter-Orthodox and inter-Christian Dialogue Pedagogy, Philosophy of Education, Christian Education and Multimedia Pastoral, Missionary Christian Ethics, Sociology, Ecology and Bioethics Christian Worship, Hymnology and Art Normal and Ecclesiastical Law Religious and Interfaith Dialogue More specifically, the program states: In cultivation of critical thinking and the acquisition of skills approach to sources of science and their authentic interpretation by successful, modern methods of content analysis. Supply students with a variety of tools for conducting original work, which will help to research for the enrichment and advancement of the science of theology, of edu- cation and culture. In the study of the history and tradition of the place while deepening the study of the monuments, and highlight their importance for cultural continuity in the present and in the future. In examining the economic crisis and the current challenges in the field of Ecology and Bioethics, and the role of church ministry about them. In the study and deepening of the sources, but also to research on inter-Orthodox, inter-Christian and inter-religious dialogue. Learning Outcomes The general purpose of the program is to pre- prepared and to prepare researchers who will work as catalysts of development in all three levels of education. Specifically aimed at training scientists and members of the Church and the state, which will help organize research programs and educational structures and services. This training scientists in broader, clearer and deeper understanding of the theological science and general research, will have practical implications staffing research and academic institutions, as well as benefits for the ecclesiastical and social life. [-]

Doctor of Ministry

Oral Roberts University
Campus or Online Part time September 2017 USA Tulsa

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced professional degree designed to continue the education of ministers so that they may be spiritually renewed and increasingly effective in their world ministries. [+]

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced professional degree designed to continue the education of ministers so that they may be spiritually renewed and increasingly effective in their world ministries. The purpose of the program is to help ministers grow in their understandings and interpretations of the Church's ministry in relation to biblical, theological, historical, ethical and practical areas. Students are challenged to develop their ministerial skills and to refine and articulate a theology of ministry while in a setting of ministry. A distinctive of the doctoral program is the attempt to enable students to understand both the positive and the problematic aspects of the charismatic dimensions of ministry. Classes are taught in a modular format so that students may maintain their existing ministry positions while pursuing the degree. Students meet on campus for a total of six weeks over a two-year period for seminars, workshops and research clinics. However, most of the study/work is done individually in the setting of the local parish or other field of service. A feature of the degree is that students remain in a cohort group of classmates throughout the entire classroom experience. The cohort is maintained while allowing some separate classes for the two specializations - church ministry and leadership and pastoral care and counseling. Students in the two specializations have several classes in common and some classes in their separate areas of study. In each session, time is spent with the cohort group. Program Objectives This degree is designed to: - Broaden students' understanding of charismatic theology - Further develop ministerial identity and vision - Strengthen leadership, administration and pastoral counseling skills - Teach on topics including pneumatology, healing, church health and leadership [-]

PhD Research Degrees in Religions and Philosophies

SOAS University of London
Campus Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London

The SOAS Religions and Philosophies Department offers a vibrant, stimulating, and interdisciplinary research environment. We provide individual research supervision in a wide variety of religious traditions and comparative and interdisciplinary topics. Supervisors are experts in their fields and thoroughly familiar with the religions, cultures, languages, and geographical areas they specialise in. [+]

Best Part time Doctors of Philosophy in Theology 2017. Research Degrees in Religions and Philosophies The SOAS Religions and Philosophies Department offers a vibrant, stimulating, and interdisciplinary research environment. We provide individual research supervision in a wide variety of religious traditions and comparative and interdisciplinary topics. Supervisors are experts in their fields and thoroughly familiar with the religions, cultures, languages, and geographical areas they specialise in. In addition to individual supervision the Department offers research training at various levels: an obligatory research writing workshop which prepares year 1 MPhil students for their upgrade to the PhD level; a weekly seminar for PhD students in years 2 and 3 to discuss work in progress and receive feedback before submitting their thesis; a departmental research seminar in which both staff and students present papers on their research projects and discuss them in an interdisciplinary setting. Students also have the opportunity to attend seminars, lectures, and conferences offered by the various specialist Centres relating to their particular fields. These centres run regular evening lecture series, workshops, and conferences which host visiting speakers from other universities in Britain, Europe, and globally. As you think about commencing your PhD with us, we invite you to contact a potential supervisor in your area of interest, ideally with a first draft of your project proposal. This member of staff will then advise you on your project and on any questions you might have before making your application. Further Information Research areas and expertise of our academic staff Current PhD research projects and previous thesis titles Procedural and policy information from the Registry’s Postgraduate Research Section Guide on how to write a research proposal [-]

PhD in Theology

Matej Bel University
Campus or Online Part time 4 years September 2017 Slovakia Banská Bystrica

Graduates of doctoral study (Doctor of Philosophy in Theology PhD) are competent to carry out conceptual theological and scientific activities and create professional theological work in church theory and practice as well as in building a Christian worldview based on scientific exegesis of the Bible. [+]

Graduates of doctoral study (Doctor of Philosophy in Theology PhD) are competent to carry out conceptual theological and scientific activities and create professional theological work in church theory and practice as well as in building a Christian worldview based on scientific exegesis of the Bible. They are ready to carry out leadership positions in the church, parachurch and ecumenical institutions and organizations. They can teach theological courses at the university level and professional training of the church and religious organizations staff. Graduates understand the relationship between the natural sciences, humanities and theological sciences and are competent to carry out research in theology and related fields. As a personalities at the same time educated in science and faith have a wide view on issues of contemporary philosophical-theological and ethical controversies and are able to handle sensitive and controversial public response to ethical and social issues relating to the Christian faith, religion and culture. Graduates who are awarded the PhD in Theology are prepared to engage in theological research and publish original work. These individuals are able to shape a Christian worldview informed by biblical interpretation. Research activities at the Department of Theology and Christian Education are focused on areas which affect the impact of Christianity on the individual and society as it pertains to life in the church but also outside the church. [-]

Doctor of Ministry

Trinity International University
Campus Part time 4 - 6 years September 2017 USA Deerfield

Be equipped for greater ministry effectiveness. Our Doctor of Ministry invites men and women to step deeper into study of the Word, to broaden their perspectives on ministry practices, and to join with a global community of ministry practitioners in dialogue and study for the sake of the Gospel. [+]

Best Part time Doctors of Philosophy in Theology 2017. Be equipped for greater ministry effectiveness. Our Doctor of Ministry invites men and women to step deeper into study of the Word, to broaden their perspectives on ministry practices, and to join with a global community of ministry practitioners in dialogue and study for the sake of the Gospel. The program is flexibly designed to fit the schedule and needs of full-time ministry professionals. Our Doctor of Ministry serves the church of the living God by strengthening the professional competence of persons in ministerial leadership through integration of advanced theory with contemporary practice. It is a professional program intended for persons who are in full-time vocational Christian ministry, such as pastors & pastoral staff, chaplains, Christian educators, missionaries, workers in parachurch organizations, and evangelists, both domestic and international. Where can this degree take me? The DMin is designed to enhance the professional competence of those already engaged in full-time ministry; it is an in-service program, enabling sutdents to complete the degree while taking minimal time away. As such, this degree’s purpose is one of deepening one’s current vocation rather than preparation for a future career. What will I study? DMin courses are all offered in one-week intensive class sessions (it’s not designed to be a residential program) offered on the Deerfield campus in March, July, and November. These courses are preceded by personal study and followed by a project that applies the coursework to the student’s ministry. Exceptions to the nonresidential nature of the program are occasionally made; talk to Admissions for these exceptions. TEDS is in the process of offering a new modified cohort approach to DMin education based on ministry affinity. In addition to our elective concentrations, these cohorts will require that half the program be taken with others who are all in very similar ministry settings. The cohort schedule and course content will be pre-defined. The remainder of the course work will be taken from regular required and elective offerings. Cohorts are currently planned for large church Senior Pastors under the direction of Dr. Knute Larson, and Health Care Chaplains under the direction of Dr. Roy Bebee. Doctor of Ministry Core - 12 hours MN 9550 Revitalizing Ministry (PM, LM, PC, PR)* –or– MN 9555 Prolegomena for Missions and Evangelism (ME)* 3 hrs Systematic Theology, New Testament, & Old Testament Integrative Courses (BT) 6 hrs MN 9990 Ministry and Missions Research 3 hrs *Must be taken as one of first three courses Doctor of Ministry Concentration - 12 hours Four courses in one area of concentration: Preaching, Leadership and Ministry Management, Pastoral Care, Missions and Evangelism, or Chaplaincy. Those in the general Pastoral Ministries category may select any combination of courses from the PR, LM, or PC areas. Pastoral Ministries (PM) This is the general category that allows students to select core courses from any of the PR, PC, or LM concentrations. Preaching (PR) This concentration emphasizes the proclamation of God’s Word–exegetically sound, Spirit-empowered, and culturally relevant. Suitable for anyone whose role is primarily proclamation. Pastoral Care (PC) The relational side of ministry is emphasized in this concentration–family life, crisis intervention, bioethical issues, and spiritual formation. It is suitable for church staff, counseling center staff, or medical chaplains. Leadership and Ministry Management (LM) This concentration emphasizes developing capabilities necessary to lead and organize ministry in areas of change, conflict, vision, core values, and motivation. It is suitable for various pastoral roles and those serving in ministry or missions organizational leadership. Missions and Evangelism (ME) In this concentration, issues related to Christian mission are emphasized–worldview, cross-cultural ministry, church planting, and the urban context. It is suitable for missionaries, church planters, parachurch staff, and others in evangelistic or cross-cultural ministry. Military Chaplaincy (MC) This is a special cooperative concentration between TEDS and the branches of the US Military designed for currently serving military chaplains who wish to focus on the chaplaincy in their program. Detailed information regarding this concentration is available from the Admissions Office. Electives - 6 hours Complete 6 hours of Ministry Electives. Major Project - 6 hours The culmination of the DMin program is a major project. This major project is intended to help students think theologically about ministry by requiring them to apply new concepts and methods to their ministries. The proposal for the project must be formally approved by two faculty readers, the Program Director, and the Human Rights in Research Committee. One faculty reader will be designated as mentor/first reader to the student for the duration of the project. The major project must be on a topic appropriate to the student’s concentration. Doctoral Project Research MN 9991 Doctoral Project Research (twice at 3 hrs each) What are the prerequisites for admission to this program? Applicants for the DMin program are required to: Possess a Master of Divinity degree or other acceptable master’s level qualifications (see full prerequisites for details). Have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all master’s work. Recommendations from the following four people (to be submitted electronically through the online application): (1) Ministry supervisor, (2) Ministry colleague, (3) Lay leader, (4) Chairman of church board, professor, denominational official OR professional acquaintance. Have had at least three years of consistent full-time ministry experience after receiving the MDiv or its equivalent; exceptions can be made for ministry experience prior to receiving the MDiv. Take and submit scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Have prerequisite study equivalent to 9 semester hours of graduate courses appropriate to the concentration selected. Since the program is heavily dependent on computer skills, applicants should be able to use a current word processing program; ownership of a desktop or laptop computer is required, along with internet and email capabilities. Special Instructions for International Applicants You’ll need to meet the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations in obtaining an F-1 (student) via. This requires additional admissions information and paperwork. International applicants whose first language is not English must also submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). All international DMin program students, including Visiting DMin students and students from Canada, are now required to enter the United States with an F-1 visa. DMin residential students (i.e. living in or near Deerfield and taking semester-length courses) must comply with the same visa requirements as other program residential applicants (see Admissions section). DMin nonresidential students (i.e., commuting to the Deerfield Campus on a course-by-course basis) must also obtain an F-1 visa. Students who enter the United States to pursue the Doctor of Ministry degree without the F-1 visa potentially jeopardize their ability to complete the degree and reenter the United States. F-1 visas will remain valid as long as reentry into the United States for the purposes of study occurs at least once every five (5) months. A new visa will be required if reentry does not occur within this time period. Hence, full-time progress for DMin international nonresidential students is defined as taking at least one course in each of the three sessions (Fall, Spring, Summer) per year. [-]

Doctorate in Christian Counselling and Spiritual Direction

International University For Graduate Studies - IUGS
Campus Part time February 2017 Dominica Portsmouth

Christian Counselling and Spiritual Direction [+]

Philosophy The primary mission of the educational programmes in Christian Counselling and Spiritual Direction coursework is: To develop competent, critical reviewers and well-informed researchers, professors and clinicians; To enhance and promote a comprehensive basis for teaching, researching and practicing Christian Counselling and Spiritual Direction; To promote systems that respect the diversity of client populations as well as approaches to research, teaching and clinical practice; To advance the body of academic literature within the field through the promotion of research outcomes and analysis, research and clinical ethics, teaching and clinical effectiveness, special populations, evidence-based practice, and mental health concerns; To inculcate excellence and critical thinking within the field. Outcomes Students must demonstrate the following prior to graduation: A. Comprehensive knowledge of Christian Counselling or Spiritual Direction clinical theory and practice via literature review, bibliography, and the development of an annotated outline for the dissertation or project; Thorough knowledge of research methodologies via formulation of a Christian Counselling or Spiritual Direction research question, and the selection of an appropriate means of data collection and analysis; Well-developed critical thinking skills, including those of analysis and synthesis including approaches in awareness and advantages of qualitative and quantitative research methods; Postgraduate-level written and oral communication skills; Ease with discourse about subject matter via dissertation defence or oral examination and when appropriate at roundtable discussions with peers and faculty; A minimum of 85% mastery of examination materials and ability to participate in analysis of research articles and to translate these articles into components of clinical practice. For Christian Counselling: Ability to effectively utilise well-researched psychological and clinical practices as well as spiritual resources for healing and growth; Ability to move beyond the typical “illness model” by providing psychologically sound therapy that recognises a client's spiritual dimension; Ability to integrate theology and other faith-tradition knowledge, spirituality, the resources of faith communities, the behavioural sciences, and systemic theory. For Spiritual Direction: An integrated spirituality grounded in self-awareness and engagement with modern culture, as well as with classic and contemporary resources in the Christian tradition; Spirituality literacy grounded in biblical, theological and psychological competencies; spirituality praxis through personal engagement around spiritual themes; Professional skills in spiritual direction; Content IUGS offers the following Degrees in Christian Counselling or Spiritual Direction: Master of Arts (MA); Master of Science (MSc); Doctor of Psychology (PsyD); Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The MSc and PsyD Project is oriented toward practical application in a chosen area of Christian Counselling or Spiritual Direction and tends to involve more primary research. The MA thesis and PhD dissertation tend to be theoretical and involves more secondary then primary research in the chosen area of Christian Counselling or Spiritual Direction. The student’s portfolio and transcripts are examined by the dean after discussion with the student to determine his or her goals. A maximum of 27 (for master's students) or 66 (for doctoral students) credits of advanced standing will be approved after this process. Domains included in these credits as assessed and approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Christian Counselling or Spiritual Direction that may be accepted for advanced stranding include, but are not limited to, the following: For Christian Counselling: Theories of personality and personality development; Interpersonal relations; Marriage and family dynamics; Group dynamics; Personality and culture; Psychopathology; Psychology of religious experience; Theories of counselling and psychotherapy; Personality assessment and statistics; Theories of the pastoral office, including the history and theory of pastoral care; Research methods; Orientation to the helping professions and ethics; For Spiritual Direction: Foundations of Christian Spirituality; Biblical Foundations, Christian Origins, Literature of Ancient Israel; Theological Foundations / Christian Doctrine; Psychological Foundations / Human Person & Psychological Development; Introduction to Spirituality Praxis; Advanced Spiritual Accompaniment Praxis; Spiritual Accompaniment Practicum; Ethics of Pastoral Counselling and Spiritual Direction; Personal Spiritual Direction; Spiritual Paths in World Religions; Christian Moral Theology and Ethics; Spirituality Field Project. Only grades of “C” or better will be accepted in transfer for academic standing. In addition the student's overall average for transfer credits must be “B” or better. Graduation requirements: MA and MSc: 45 post-baccalaureate credits, including the following: A total of 27 post-baccalaureate credits in transfer from other institutions or taken by distance-learning through IUGS; Successful completion of the distance-learning course Research and Design (3 credits); Successful completion of the Graduate Seminar (3 credits); Thesis and Oral Defence, or Project and Oral Examination (12) credits; PsyD: 93 post-baccalaureate credits, including the following: A total of 66 post-baccalaureate credits in transfer from other accredited institutions or taken by distance-learning through IUGS; Successful completion of distance-learning courses Research and Design I and II (6 credits); Successful completion of the 8-day Graduate Seminar at the 10-day Residency (3 credits); Project and Oral Examination (18 credits); PhD: 93 post-baccalaureate credits, including the following: A total of 66 post-baccalaureate credits in transfer (earned before or after admission) or taken by distance-learning through IUGS; Successful completion of distance-learning courses Research and Design I and II (6 credits); Successful completion of the 8-day Graduate Seminar at the 10-day Residency (3 credits); Dissertation and Oral Defence (18 credits). Sequence - Advanced-standing course credits may be taken before or after the student's matriculation at IUGS. Master’s students must complete their 27 credits advanced standing and doctoral students their 66 advanced-standing credits before undertaking Research and Design I. - For doctoral students, Research I must be completed, approved and filed before work begins on Research II. - Research and Design I (and for doctoral students Research and Design II) must be completed, approved and filed before the first draft of the Master’s Project, Thesis, Doctoral Project or Dissertation is submitted. - The Graduate Seminar may be completed at any time during the student’s enrolment at IUGS but must be successfully completed before graduation. Instructional strategies will include, but not be limited to, the following: - Assigned readings of texts and academic journal articles; - Seminar review of these assigned readings; - Interactive lectures; - Small group discussions, where students will evaluated on their level of participation; - Use of electronic media (Questia online library provided by the University and other sources selected by the student, mentor, and Dean); - Examinations (cumulative and comprehensive examinations to ensure subject-matte [-]