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PAThS offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies. This program of study is intentionally broad-based in design to promote the development of ministry leadership in multiple areas of strategic concern.
The PhD program requires three weeks of residence on campus twice each year, for a total of eight sessions of course work during a four-year period.
The program consists of an initial 15 hours of core course requirements, 9 hours of program-general requirements, and 10 hours of research that the cohort studies together. An additional 15 hours of elective courses and 12 hours of dissertation research and writing complete the program. Students must declare their choice of concentration (Bible-Theology, Education, Leadership, or Missions) by the end of their second session. The selection must conform to what was previously studied at the post-graduate level. Students must take all elective courses offered in their area of concentration.
The Dr. John V. York missio Dei lecture series is presented once every three years. The lecture series is designed to enrich and empower students’ lives and ministries through exposure to noted scholars and accomplished practitioners lecturing on cutting-edge topics relevant to the students’ successful participation in the mission of God.
Because the PhD degree is a research degree, 22 hours of the overall program are dedicated to research. This begins with the very first class, New Student Orientation (RES 9051), which exposes students to the overall program and provides tools to assist them in their work at PAThS. Three intensive research courses are provided to develop the student’s abilities in doctoral-level research and to advance the dissertation-writing process: Doctoral Research Seminar (RES 9103); Research Methods and Proposal Development (RES 9153); and Strategies for Data Collection and Analysis (RES 9203). The final twelve credits of research comprise the Dissertation Research (RES 98X6) and the Dissertation Development and Defense (RES 99X6). During the 6th term, following the completion of the core and program-general courses, the student must pass a Comprehensive Exam in order to continue to the dissertation writing phase and qualify for the PhD degree.
A total of 61 credit hours is required for the PhD program:
- Core Courses: 15 credit hours
- Program-General Courses: 9 credit hours
- Program-Specific Elective Courses: 15 credit hours
- Research Courses: 22 credit hours