No other ministry degree title is as widely recognized as the Doctor of Divinity. Because of the honor and respect associated with this venerable title, long ago, in the U.S. it became the choice of Divinity Schools, Seminaries, Universities, and religious groups when conferring honorary degrees. As a consequence, in the United States, the D.D. became neglected, and almost unknown as an earned ecclesiastical degree. That is, until 2004 when Master's pioneered its return. Other schools have slowly followed our lead, but Master's pioneering D.D. program has served as the model for other institutions.
The manner in which the D.D. is awarded at Master's is similar to that of its British counterpart thereby assigining this prestigious degree to its appropriate place among ecclesiastical doctorates. At the same time, it honors the historical and ecclesiastical precedents that are accepted by the Church-at-large.
This ecclesiastical degree is not intended to compete with a traditional academic or professional doctorate. However, the unique manner in which the degree is earned, sets it far apart from the honorary D.D., and adds to the dignity and meaning of the world's oldest and most easily recognized Christian ministry degree.
The D.D. Program:
PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
The applicant must meet the following minimum requirements.
Have served in an approved Christian ministry role for not less than fifteen (15) years. The experience as a minister includes activities as a senior minister, assistant minister, elder, deacon, missionary, teacher, prison ministry, or chaplaincies, subject to review and approval.
THERE ARE FOUR PROGRAM COMPONENTS
-30 Units Total-
COMPONENT # 1
Orientation MOR & Ministry Contribution DD-701
COMPONENT # 2
This Component will provide the student with an opportunity to demonstrate a personal comprehension of the Old Testament as a continuum from the creation of the current heavens and earth through the return of the Exiles to the land of Israel.
COMPONENT # 3
This Component will provide the student with an opportunity to demonstrate a personal comprehension of the New Testament as a continuum from the coming of Messiah through the return of Christ and the creation of the new heaven and earth.
COMPONENT # 4
This Component will provide the student with an opportunity to demonstrate a personal comprehension and mastery of the particular theological position of his denomination or persuasion.
That is, the student will be able to compare and contrast his own theological position on the major themes of Systematic Theology with that of groups holding differing positions.
To accomplish this Component, the student will be guided through a series of writing, detailing, and outlining assignments that will draw comparisons between the major divisions of Christian Theology (e.g. Calvinist, Wesleyan, Reformed, Pentecostal), with an emphasis on defending the student's particular persuasion.
After having been graded and returned to the student, this Component can actually serve as an advanced guide for teaching Theology in a variety of circumstances.
Upon the successful completion of the four Components, the Doctor of Divinity degree is awarded on the basis of actual accomplishment, directed research and writing. This is an earned doctorate.
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