Doctor of Theology

Program Overview

The Doctor of Theology degree is an advanced academic degree intended to prepare students for professional careers in teaching, writing, and scholarship in academics, religious organizations, social service organizations, or foundations. Students are given with considerable latitude to design the studies to meet specifi c needs and interests. Students are exercised under the guidance of the doctoral committee, who establish examination and dissertation protocols that form the structure of the program. The students in Doctor of Theology program study Christian traditions with a deep respect for the beliefs and practices of the tradition.

Total minimum required graduation units 68 units

  • Coursework: 60 units
  • Dissertation: 8 units

Standard of Student Achievement and Graduation Requirements

To graduate, a student must

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 quarter units or 600 hours of the following coursework with a cumulative GPA average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  2. Complete a dissertation (8 quarter units).
  3. Successfully complete the degree requirements within the allowed program length

Successful graduates of the program will be awarded a degree in Doctor of Religious Education.

Program Length

S Students are usually expected to complete the program in 5 years. The maximum time frame allowed for students to complete a program is 150% of the normal program length, namely 7 and 1/2 years for the Doctoral programs. An extension may be granted for special circumstances.