Online Doctor of Arts Degree in   Theology

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.

The D.A. in Theology:

  • 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:
 individuals with an already well advanced Bible background who desire to deepen their understanding of the larger issues facing the church today.

Ministry Training for:
Pastors
Staff Pastors
Missionaries
Christian School Teachers
Bible College Instructors

 

Program Curriculum (see course descriptions below):

 

Orientation MOR
Advanced Systematic Theology I AST-701
The Philosophical Problem of Evil PE-701
Advanced Systematic Theology II AST-702
Advanced Spiritual Warfare ASW-701
Application of Apologetics AAP-701
Doctrine of Biblical Inspiration BI-701
Theology of the Old Testament OTH-701
Theology of the New Testament NTH-701
Doctoral Theology Project
Research and Writing RW-700
Doctoral Writing Project DRP-700
TOTAL CREDITS
2
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
10
2
8
46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

The Philosophical Problem of Evil PE-701
The purpose of this course is to introduce and explain the various options in Christian understandings of  the problem of evil, and to offer some suggestions for dealing with the problem so that the student will be better equipped to defend the coherence of Christian theism as a viable and tenable worldview against the skeptic's objection to theism based on evil in the world.

 

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.

 

Advanced Spiritual Warfare ASW-701
The purpose of this course is to assist the doctoral student to undertake a deeper and genuinely biblical study of spiritual warfare within the context of the Christian life so that they acquire an advance understanding regarding the nature of spiritual warfare, and identify and describe strategies for overcoming the enemy, and to develop the student’s ability to summarize the nature of spiritual warfare and evaluate various strategies for overcoming the enemy.

 

Application of Apologetics AAP-701
The purpose of this course is to confront the doctoral student with the requisite issues in the study of Apologetics; to enable the student to identify key terms and describe essential issues of Apologetics and to apply Apologetic methodology to contemporary challenges; to offer the student the opportunity to explore significant challenges to the Christian faith and apologetic responses to those challenges; to examine and analyze the competing truth claims of rival world views.

 

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.

 

Theology of the Old Testament OTH-701
The purpose of this course is to expose the doctoral student to the study of Old Testament theology; to enable the student to master issues related to Old Testament theology, and to deepen the student’s understanding of the distinctive theological character of individual Old Testament writings and of the Old Testament as a whole; to apply that knowledge in the student's ministry.

 

Theology of the New Testament NTH-701
The purpose of this course is to expose the doctoral student to the study of New Testament theology; to enable the student to master issues related to New Testament theology, and to deepen the student’s understanding of the distinctive theological character of individual New Testament writings and of the New Testament as a whole; to apply that knowledge in the student's ministry.

 

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.

 

Research and Writing RW-700
The purpose of this course is to provide the doctoral student with an opportunity to examine the fundamentals of research and writing from a practical and professional perspective, as a foundational step in preparation for completing the doctoral writing project.

 

Doctoral Writing Project DRP-700
This is the final writing project for the doctoral student.  While similar in many ways to a dissertation, it is fundamentally different in that it is designed to be a “ministry/theology” position paper written from a praxis position.  Students are prepared for this course by taking the Research and Writing course.

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