PhD Divinity

Starts from: May 13, 2023
Campus Location

879 W 190th St Suite 400,Gardena,CA,United States

Course Feature
  • Course Code A1234-X
  • Duration 3 - 4 years
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • Campus Main Campus
  • Min Qualification MA (Postgraduate)
Class Description

The Doctor of Divinity program is an advanced doctoral degree designed for experienced ministry professionals seeking to enhance their theological knowledge, scholarly expertise, and leadership capabilities. This program provides an opportunity for in-depth exploration, research, and critical engagement with theological disciplines, equipping graduates to make significant contributions to the field of divinity through advanced scholarship, teaching, ministerial practice, and leadership.

Course Objectives:
1. Advanced Theological Disciplines:
– Engage in advanced study of systematic theology, biblical studies, historical theology, and other specialized areas within divinity.
– Critically analyze and evaluate theological concepts, texts, and sources.
– Develop a comprehensive understanding of theological disciplines and their relevance to contemporary ministry and theological scholarship.

2. Research Methodology and Scholarly Writing:
– Acquire advanced research skills, methodologies, and tools for theological inquiry.
– Engage in rigorous research, critical analysis, and interpretation of primary sources and secondary literature.
– Develop effective scholarly writing techniques and produce high-quality research papers, dissertations, and publications.

3. Specialization and Concentration:
– Choose a specific area of specialization within divinity, such as pastoral theology, homiletics, liturgical studies, ethics, or missiology.
– Undertake in-depth study, research, and critical analysis in the chosen area, demonstrating advanced knowledge and expertise.
– Make original contributions to the chosen field through advanced scholarship and innovative approaches.

4. Leadership and Ministerial Practice:
– Enhance leadership skills for effective ministry in various contexts.
– Develop strategies for pastoral care, mentoring, conflict resolution, and organizational management within a ministry setting.
– Cultivate ethical leadership grounded in theological reflection and personal spiritual formation.

5. Advanced Biblical Studies:
– Engage in advanced research and critical analysis of biblical texts, hermeneutics, and interpretation.
– Explore specialized areas of biblical studies, such as biblical languages, textual criticism, theological exegesis, or narrative analysis.
– Contribute to the field through original research that advances biblical scholarship and informs ministerial practice.

6. Contemporary Issues in Ministry:
– Analyze and engage with contemporary challenges and social issues relevant to ministry.
– Apply theological insights to address issues such as social justice, globalization, interfaith dialogue, gender, or environmental stewardship.
– Develop a theological framework for responding to and engaging with the complexities of the modern world.

7. Dissertation and Defense:
– Undertake an extensive research project in the form of a doctoral dissertation.
– Conduct original research that contributes to the advancement of divinity knowledge and scholarship.
– Successfully defend the dissertation before a faculty committee, demonstrating mastery of the subject, research proficiency, and scholarly excellence.

Course Duration and Format:
The Doctor of Divinity program is typically designed as a three to five-year full-time or part-time course. It involves advanced coursework, independent research, scholarly writing, and dissertation preparation. Students may participate in seminars, research colloquia, conferences, and specialized workshops to enhance their research skills, scholarly engagement, and professional networking.

Assessment Methods:
Assessment methods may include research papers, literature reviews, oral presentations, comprehensive examinations, research proposals, and the successful completion and defense of a doctoral dissertation. These assessments will evaluate students’ depth of theological knowledge, critical thinking skills, research abilities, and their ability to contribute to theological scholarship and leadership in divinity.

The Doctor of Divinity program at The Shepherd’s House Christian University offers experienced ministry professionals an opportunity to pursue advanced theological education, scholarship, and leadership development. Graduates will emerge as scholars and leaders equipped to make significant contributions to the field of divinity, engage in transformative ministry, and shape theological discourse. Through

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