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
Missionaries

 

Program Curriculum (see course descriptions below):

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
TOTAL CREDITS

2
3
3
3
15
10
36

 

* 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.

Course Descriptions

 

Orientation OR-DO

The purpose of this course is to help ensure that the student will begin his or her study program at Master’s with the basic information needed to move successfully toward graduation.  For this reason, this course is mandatory of all new students.

 

Advanced Systematic Theology I AST-701
This advanced level course presents the doctoral student with the fundamental issues of Systematic Theology and how these relate to the Bible as a foundational source.  In doing so, the course will introduce and expose the student to the study of Christian doctrine within a coherent framework; to enable the student to identify and describe key doctrinal issues; to apply that knowledge in the student's current ministry and to lead the student to analyze carefully the various theological options on key doctrinal issues; to examine those issues in light of her/his own theological stance; to relate doctrinal truths to a coherent system of thought consistent with the student's own faith tradition.

 

Advanced Systematic Theology II AST-702
This advanced level course presents the doctoral student with specific issues of Systematic Theology as they relate to God and the creation.  In doing so, the course will introduce and expose the student to the study of Christian doctrine within a coherent framework; to enable the student to identify and describe key doctrinal issues; to apply that knowledge in the student's current ministry and to lead the student to analyze carefully the various theological options on key doctrinal issues; to examine those issues in light of her/his own theological stance; to relate doctrinal truths to a coherent system of thought consistent with the student's own faith tradition.

 

Doctrine of Biblical Inspiration BI-701
To provide the doctoral student with an opportunity to examine the deeper internal evidences for the validity of the Bible as its own source of confirmation of Divine inspiration, and to challenge the student to analyze these internal evidences critically and competently.

Drugs, Mental Health and the Biblical Counselor DM-701
This course will covers the evolution of psychiatry and the DSM's creation of mental illness; the evolution of mental health chemical imbalance theories; and the revolution  in society and the church concerning sin and sickness.

 

Personalized Focus Research PRF-700

This Personalized Research Focus course affords the doctoral level learner
research and writing opportunities in scholarly areas of personal interest
for practical application in ministry and career as guided by learning
specialists. Working with faculty members, the learner will explore and
critique the various theories in the chosen focus study area utilizing critical
thought in determining the value of the theory for personal utilization.

 

Doctoral Theology Project DTP-700
The Doctoral Theology Project presents the student with an opportunity to demonstrate comprehension and general mastery of the fundamental issues of Systematic Theology and how these relate to the Bible as a foundational source. Furthermore, this Component will allow the student to document a mature understanding of the study of Christian doctrine within a coherent framework.

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