Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) | Leadership
The Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership is designed to equip you for the highest level of scholarship and performance in leading churches, denominational agencies, educational institutions, and ministry organizations. Graduates will have the knowledge and methodological tools to conduct research on the pressing ministry leadership issues of the day.
This program is designed to prepare working professionals to understand the complexities and challenges of leading change within organizations with the purpose of leading and creating transformative organizations and communities. This interdisciplinary program provides you with opportunities to engage in scholarship and research and develop professional competencies related to:
Team and Workplace
in a Technological Culture
*Each seminar requires a substantial amount of preparation, including reading and completion of written assignments.
Rather than being completed at the end of the seminars, the dissertation will be embedded within the seminar schedule (9 hours over three semesters), with portions of the dissertation developed and written in conjunction with the core and discipline-specific seminars.
A Master's Degree
A Master’s degree (36 or more hours) in a field of theological/ministry studies from a regionally accredited university or seminary.
Graduate Cumulative GPA Requirement: 3.0
Applicants who have not this requirement may be required to take leveling courses or enter the program on a probationary status.
Graduate Writing Sample
Currently Enrolled in Ministry Service
Current role in some area of ministry service within a church, denomination, educational institution, parachurch organization, mission agency or similar organization
Seminars will be full-semester (15 weeks) in length. Most students will take two seminars per semester, enabling them to complete the full program in under three years. The student can expect to pay less than $31,500 for the full program.
The PhD in Leadership includes 48 hours of doctoral seminars, with 21 core hours shared with other PhD students in general areas of leadership theory and practice, 21 hours of discipline-specific seminars in Christian leadership, and 6 hours of focused dissertation hours. The Core seminars include a research methodology seminar which helps prepare students for research and writing of the dissertation.
Year 3 Spring
Rather than being completed at the end of the seminars, the dissertation will be embedded within the seminar schedule (6 hours over two semesters), with portions of the dissertation developed and written in conjunction with the core and discipline-specific seminars.