Requirements for the PhD program often involve the student having already obtained a Master’s degree. Additionally, a thesis or dissertation primarily consisting of original academic research must be submitted. In some countries, this work may even need to be defended in front of a panel.
More than just a study of one religion, theology generally covers a variety of religious and philosophical traditions, seeking a better understanding of the divine. While it can be studied in order to enter a particular religious order, it also provides students with an understanding of people’s beliefs in general.
From indigenous civilizations to modern day empires, North America has plenty of hands-on educational opportunities to offer scholars. Filled with a range of distinct cultures, students can educate themselves in well-rounded way.
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Be equipped for greater ministry effectiveness. Our Doctor of Ministry invites men and women to step deeper into a 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. [+]
Be equipped for greater ministry effectiveness.
Our Doctor of Ministry invites men and women to step deeper into the 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 the integration of advanced theory with contemporary practice.
It is a professional program intended for persons who are in full-time vocational Christian ministries, such as pastors & pastoral staff, chaplains, Christian educators, missionaries, workers in parachurch organizations, and evangelists, both domestic and international.... [-]
The world is changing and expectations are rising. Yesterday's solutions don't seem to be working and it is tough to know what to do next. Don't panic. Talbot can help. We want to help you refresh, renew and retool for where God is calling you to ministry. [+]
Doctor of Ministry
The world is changing and expectations are rising. Yesterday's solutions don't seem to be working and it is tough to know what to do next. Don't panic. Talbot can help. We want to help you refresh, renew and retool for where God is calling you to ministry. Our goal is not to press you into our mold, but to help you be all that God has called and gifted you to be. Talbot's Doctor of Ministry degree is not intended as a research or academic degree but is designed to help participants develop their skills and understanding to the fullest extent in the parish, parachurch, or missionary service. The D.Min. degree is similar to a J.D. or M.D. in that it provides students with a practical education for working with people, rather than a purely research-oriented approach. The D.Min. degree is designed for those working in a full-time ministry capacity. The residency portion of the program is designed to be completed in three years. You will be in the classroom for two consecutive weeks every year for three years. People come from all over the world to participate in this program. Our proximity to Los Angeles makes us accessible from anywhere. The cost of the program is reasonable and designed to fit into your budget. We want to help you make your maximum impact in ministry. If this is what you want. . .read on.... [-]
The D.Min. in Biblical Preaching is designed to help pastors and church leaders enhance their preaching and leadership skills. [+]
Doctor of Ministry Program
The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Biblical Preaching is a program designed to help pastors and church leaders take their preaching and leadership to the next level. Students will participate in a series of seminars and a directed ministry project to enhance their understanding of biblical preaching and to further develop their preaching gifts.The Doctor of Ministry is a professional doctoral degree focused primarily on the practice of ministry. The educational experiences in the D.Min. program at Anderson University will be delivered through a hybrid approach, involving independent and online study, three week-long seminars (two on campus, one in a selected city), three event-based seminars, and development and implementation of a significant ministry project and subsequent dissertation. The student will be expected to plan, carry out and evaluate the project at a level appropriate for a doctoral degree candidate.... [-]
A specialized online Ph.D. offered by an intergovernmental university with recognized expertise in interfaith studies.[+]
The DIRD (and DIFS) are unique programs in the sense that they are actually offered by an intergovernmental organization with a university charter and an additional mandate in inter-religious dialogue and diplomacy. Notably, EUCLID is the only university which has received the first prize of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, presented by H.M. King Abdullah of Jordan (photo below).PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:
EUCLID offers several closely related but nevertheless distinct graduate programs:DIRD: Ph.D. in Interreligious Dialogue and Diplomacy DIFS: Ph.D. in Interfaith Studies DCRel/DCCTh: PhD in Comparative Religion / Comparative Christian Theology
This page focuses on the DIRD: EUCLID’s Ph.D. in Inter-Religious Dialogue and Diplomacy, the umbrella program designed to train diplomats, government officials and civil servants in this complex and specialized field. These programs, delivered 100% online, exist to prepare government officials, social workers, clergy, theologians and faculty members to successfully and constructively engage in inter-religious dialogue and diplomacy. This program assumes a strong interest in religion, spirituality, theology, critical thinking, academic research and global affairs. Furthermore, it is open to students from all religious backgrounds including non-believers, although its focus may be of special interest to Muslims and Christians since it was—to an extent—developed in response to the “Common Word” initiative. However, it does assume the following:... [-]
Our program aims to help students cultivate the knowledge and wisdom to respond to the contemporary ecological crisis from integral and transdisciplinary perspectives. [+]
The ecological challenges of the 21st century represent a crisis of values and consciousness. The pace of global change calls for an understanding of the process by which humanity came to this crossroads in planetary history. Graduate study in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion allows students to cultivate the knowledge and wisdom to respond to the ecological crisis from integral and transdisciplinary perspectives.
Our program is centered in nurturing a community engaged in revitalizing the human relationship to the earth and exploring intersections of eco-spirituality, eco-justice, indigenous traditions, and eco-feminism. 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 the environment. Students gain skills and insight to transform practices, worldviews, and consciousness in the service of a more just, sustainable, and flourishing planetary future. Core faculty are founders in the field of religion and ecology, shaping global dialogue linking spirituality and cosmology with ecology and sustainability.... [-]
Our program is a learning community where psychological and spiritual traditions of the East, West, and Indigenous cultures from around the world meet to converse and transform each other. [+]
The East-West Psychology Department (EWP) offers a global approach to the exploration and study of psychology and spirituality. EWP is an academic hub in which Western psychology and wisdom traditions from around the world come into conversation to create new knowledge.
EWP students acquire forward-looking professional skills that are rooted in ancient spiritual traditions. Courses are cross-disciplinary and include academic inquiry of systems, spiritual traditions, and psychological teachings
EWP offers the following paths of study:
Ph.D. in East-West Psychology
Master of Arts in East-West Psychology
Accelerated Tracks: BA to MA or MA to PhD... [-]
Women’s Spirituality is a transdisciplinary program that prepares graduates to be change-makers who are guided by a sense of meaning, purpose, and vision. [+]
Founded in 1992 by internationally known trailblazers in the women's spirituality movement, the Women's Spirituality program offers an interdisciplinary, multicultural, decolonial feminist approach to the study of spirituality and religion. Our curriculum incorporates scholarship from women/gender studies, ethnic studies, religious studies, philosophy, religion, and related fields. We are the first Ph.D. granting graduate program in the United States to integrate a study of the sacred feminine with an examination of contemporary social, political, and ecological issues.
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. ... [-]
The DMin Program includes 40-semester credits plus a dissertation that should be completed within a period of five years from initiation of the study. Extensions for a variety of personal, family and professional reasons are allowed. We are mindful that all our students are professionals with numerous obligations and responsibilities, and we are prepared to work with each student to ensure that there is enough time to complete the course of study and the dissertation. [+]
Students must have a Masters degree or its equivalency. An equivalency consists of documented training beyond a bachelor’s degree that is equivalent in hours and requirements to a Masters Degree.
A completed Ubiquity University Admissions Application must be filed with the Office of Admissions.Students are encouraged to belong to an academic research library in the area in which they live. Degree Requirements
The DMin Program includes 40-semester credits plus a dissertation that should be completed within a period of five years from initiation of the study. Extensions for a variety of personal, family and professional reasons are allowed. We are mindful that all our students are professionals with numerous obligations and responsibilities, and we are prepared to work with each student to ensure that there is enough time to complete the course of study and the dissertation. Applications for Continuation must be submitted to the Dean of Doctoral Studies when a student requires additional time over the five years.... [-]
Our Ph.D. Degree is the most rigorous degree we offer, requiring completion of 48-semester credits and a formal defense of the dissertation in an Oral Examination at the conclusion of the dissertation process. [+]
Our Ph.D. Degree is the most rigorous degree we offer, requiring completion of 48-semester credits and a formal defense of the dissertation in an Oral Examination at the conclusion of the dissertation process.
The Ph.D. degree is generally considered a research degree and is typically sought by those who aspire to reach the highest level of scholarly research in a particular area of interest. It requires an extensive literature review and the dissertation must be an original contribution to the field of inquiry. At the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies, we also emphasize the need for both head and heart in equal measure in all of our degrees, including the Ph.D. This is an important point because the head-heart continuum is a central aspect of our approach to learning and is incorporated in all of our programs. All of our Intensives, like all of our degree programs, challenge the student to balance head, heart, body, and soul. The Ph.D. is not an exception to this, but its chief exemplification.... [-]
The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program develops the learner’s ability to generate new knowledge and responsibly apply knowledge to achieve high-performing entities that allow organizational employees and followers to grow and develop to their full potential. [+]
The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program develops the learner’s ability to generate new knowledge and responsibly apply knowledge to achieve high-performing entities that allow organizational employees and followers to grow and develop to their full potential.
Learners will study the major bodies of literature in leadership, reflect critically on existing theory, and identify appropriate applications of theory in education, business, and other organizational cultures. Learners will develop academic and organizational research expertise through the study of statistical and research methodologies. The program of study is consistent with Grand Canyon University's mission to develop learners who are global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders. Graduates who earn the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Christian Ministry will advance the study of leadership within the field of Christian ministry with an in-depth research-based approach to facilitate leadership within Christian ministry and society.... [-]