PAThS offers both Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degrees in two major academic divisions:
Theological Studies | Christian Leadership Studies
All programs of study require residency on campus twice a year until all course requirements are met.
Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies
This program focuses on developing students’ capacity to exegete Scripture for both the academy and the church. The program is intentionally narrow in focus to produce exegetically skilled scholar-practitioners. It is designed to prepare graduates students to think critically, write academically, and teach effectively, all in order to address the challenges faced by the rapidly growing African church. The program culminates in a dissertation characterized by skilled exegesis and theological reflection.
PhD graduates in Theological Studies are prepared to serve the church as:
Academic researchers and writers
CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP STUDIES
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership
This program focuses on developing students’ capacity to assume various leadership roles in theological training. These include established schools offering advanced academic degrees. This degree program prepares graduates to apply educational theories and best practices to the challenge of preparing the current and next generation of church leaders in Africa. The program requires a theoretically focused dissertation capable of contributing in a significant way to the body of literature in education.
PhD graduates in Educational Leadership are prepared to serve the church in Africa as:
Bible school principals and academic deans
Education and leadership lecturers
Curriculum specialists tasked with designing creative educational responses to training needs and challenges in national churches
Consultants to theological schools seeking accreditation
Doctor of Ministry in Theological Studies
This professional degree program is designed to expose students to ministry competencies in Scripture exposition and interpretation. It fosters an in-depth understanding of biblical studies and the application of Scripture in diverse ministry contexts. The program culminates in a ministry-focused dissertation that reflects a doctoral-level treatment of a contextual problem by Scripture.
DMin graduates in Theological Studies typically serve the church as:
Bible school faculty and administrators
Church leaders at various levels
Doctor of Ministry in Organizational Leadership
This professional degree program focuses on developing students’ capacity to lead a variety of organizations effectively. Leadership is examined from both a western-theoretical and an African contextual perspective. The program requires an applied dissertation capable of contributing in a significant way to the development or enhancement of a ministry-related organization in Africa.
DMin graduates in Organizational Leadership are prepared to serve the church as:
Directors of, or key staff personnel in, national church organizations
Directors of church-affiliated NGOs
Pastors in multi-staffed churches
Chief administrators of church and para-church organizations