Mar 23, 2018  
Academic Catalog 2014-2015 
Academic Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PhD in Applied Theology

The PhD in Applied Theology* is designed for pastor-theologians, teachers, and missionaries who are going to serve in various leadership contexts across the globe. It offers expertise in theological praxis, missiology, preaching, evangelism, counseling, and leadership. The concentration the student chooses generally coincides with the focus of his or her dissertation.

  • The Preaching* concentration is designed for pastor-theologians who desire to have a biblical and theological foundation focused on advanced hermeneutical principles and effective communication.
  • The Missiology concentration has two tracks:
    • North American Missiology Track  * track is designed for church planters, pastors and leaders who are actively working in church planting or renewal in a North American context.
    • The International Missiology* track is designed for IMB personnel who are currently serving overseas and others who serve in a similar capacity and want to more effectively proclaim the Gospel around the world.
  • The Christian Leadership* concentration is designed for Christian pastors, leaders, scholars and educators who recognize the importance of biblical values while inspiring vision and godly virtues.
  • The Counseling concentration is designed for pastors, leaders, scholars and educators who are seeking to apply biblical principles to a variety of counseling scenarios.
  • The Evangelism concentration is designed for pastors, leaders, scholars and educators who are seeking to engage in the study of the theology and practical methodology of evangelism.

* These programs are offered in a Residential and/or Modified Residency Format.

The concentrations with modified residency will progress on a two-year schedule of coursework, followed by the comprehensive exam and the writing of a successful dissertation. All seminar and degree requirements for the students in the concentrations with modified residency are identical to the standard residency requirements. Students enter the program as a community of scholars and will normally remain together through a series of seminars that meet twice annually at various times throughout the year. This format allows students to remain in their current position while engaging in Ph.D. studies.

Program Summary

Note: Some tracks or concentrations may have more specific requirements than those listed below. Click on the appropriate link for those requirements.

PhD Residency - 38 hrs

PhD Residency Examinations - 4 hours

PhD Candidacy - 18 hours

Total Hours - 60