Online Earned Doctor of Divinity

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:

  • Is self-paced;
  • Not structured in semesters, quarters or terms;
  • Is completed 100% off-campus;
  • Uses email and easy file transfers to send coursework;
  • Integrates a voluntary small group option for Component # 4;
  • Is designed to allow the student to begin at any time of the year.

 

PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
The applicant must meet the following minimum requirements.

  • Be not less than forty (40) years of age.
  • 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.

  • Currently hold licensure, commissioning or ordination from a recognized denomination or an acceptable ecclesiastical body.
  • Have earned an appropriate bachelor’s degree (or an ecclesiastical equivalent) from an acceptable institution.
  • Be able to provide verifiable documentation of all of the above.

 

THERE ARE FOUR PROGRAM COMPONENTS
 -30 Units Total-

 

COMPONENT # 1

Orientation MOR & Ministry Contribution DD-701
(Required but no tuiton is assessed)

  • Online Orientation
    SUBMISSION OF THE FOLLOWING
  • Copy of ordination or license.
  • A three to four-page description of your conversion experience, and subsequent call to ministry.
  • Three letters from peers attesting to Christian service and character.
  • Three letters from current or former church members who have known you a minimum of 7 years.
  • A complete history of your personal ministry highlights.
  • A three to five-page description of your future ministry plans and goals.
  • Official transcripts of college credits, denominational training credits, and other documentation as may be required.

 

COMPONENT # 2
O.T. Competency DD-702 (10 Credits)

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.


The student will have an opportunity to demonstrate a mastery of the Old Testament in such a way as to confirm that the student actually possesses a connected generic and whole comprehension of the content of the Old Testament Scriptures.

To accomplish this Component, the student will be guided through a series of writing, detailing, and outlining assignments that after having been graded and returned to the student, can actually serve as an advanced guide for teaching the Old Testament in a variety of circumstances.

 

COMPONENT # 3
N.T. Competency DD-703 (10 Credits)

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.


The student will have an opportunity to demonstrate a mastery of the New Testament in such a way as to confirm that the student actually possesses a connected generic and whole comprehension of the content of the New Testament Scriptures.

To accomplish this Component, the student will be guided through a series of writing, detailing, and outlining assignments that after having been graded and returned to the student, can actually serve as an advanced guide for teaching the New Testament in a variety of circumstances.

 

COMPONENT # 4
Theology Competency DD-704 (10 credits)

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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