Online Doctor of Arts Degree in   Personalized Research Focus

Entrance into the Doctor of Arts program requires an acceptable earned master's degree.  Relevant acceptable credits taken in a previous Bible related doctoral program may reduce the number of courses.


Individuals who have a sufficiently strong theological studies background, but who wish to focus in an area relevant to their ministry situation, will find the Personalized Research Focus an ideal option.  By taking courses that will provide a good ministry foundation, it is also possible to select an area of focus that will strengthen personal ministry needs and goals.


The D.A. in Personalized Christian Research Focus:

  • Is self-paced;
  • Not structured in semesters, quarters or terms;
  • Can be completed 100% off-campus;
  • Uses email and easy file transfers to send coursework;
  • Also integrates voluntary small group learning options;
  • Is designed to allow the student to begin at any time of the year.

Designed for:  the individual with a sufficient understanding of Biblical Theology and ministry related issues, but who desires to tailor a degree program around a specific ministry focus.

Ministry Training for:
Lay Ministers
Para Church Ministers
Christian Businessmen
Pastors and Staff


Program Curriculum:

Orientation MOR
Advanced Systematic Theology I AST-701
Advanced Systematic Theology II AST-702
Doctrine of Biblical Inspiration BI-701
Personalized Focus Research PRF-700*
Doctoral Theology Project



* The Personalized Research Focus component allows the doctoral student to concentrate in a ministry area of choice.  The student selects the degree focus, and is guided through relevant research and writing.


For example, a pastor serving a racially and ethnically diverse community may sense a need to better understand the unique dynamics, challenges and opportunities presented in such an environment.


On the other hand, a minister may have developed an interest in some area of biblical or secular history, and the effects of that period of time on the church today.  The student would be assisted and guided toward an appropriate research model and acceptable learning outcome.


Investment Costs for the



Cost to Start - $250
Monthly Payment - $91.83  - no interest or carrying charges
Standard Program Tuition - $5,510 ($160 per credit)
Cost of Books - Discounted through our own online bookstore.
Standard Graduation Fee - $250 - paid prior to graduation.


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*Costs may vary due to individual requirements or preferences.

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