Ph.D. Practical Theology


Program Purpose

The PhD Practical Theology is a research degree affording candidates a range of subject options over a wide spectrum of fields of study. The final degree is conferred upon the submission and successful defense of an 80,000-word dissertation, excluding footnotes and bibliography (with 10% variance allowed below or above the word count). Seminars are weighted at seven credits each with a dissertation submission weighted at four credits toward the end of the program.

Seminar Descriptions

The coursework consists of 8 on-campus Doctoral Seminars, each designed in sequence to guide the student through the process of developing their 80,000 word scholarly dissertation, which culminates in an oral defense of the project.

Doctoral Seminar One: Seminar one is an introductory seminar preparing the student for doctoral level reading and writing. Students will be introduced to the various methods of research, critically evaluate current research as it applies to their chosen discipline, and identify the potential unique contribution to knowledge made by their study.

Doctoral Seminar Two: Students will identify, analyze, evaluate, and reflect critically on key sources relevant to their field of study. Students will also produce a publishable article and submit it for potential publication in an appropriate peer reviewed journal.

Doctoral Seminar Three: Students will relate the proposed field of study with life-long learning, academic analysis, reflective practice and personal spiritual formation. Students will demonstrate their understanding of research involving human subjects by successfully passing the CITI training courses. Students will produce and submit a doctoral proposal, that once approved will move them to candidate status.

Doctoral Seminar Four: During the dissertation phase the candidate will work closely with a supervisor to produce and submit introductory chapters of the dissertation. The seminar will consist of candidate-led discussions and presentations, peer review and consultation with supervisor.

Doctoral Seminar Five: During the dissertation phase the candidate will work closely with a supervisor to produce and submit the research method chapter of the dissertation. The seminar will consist of candidate-led discussions and presentations, peer review and consultation with supervisor.

Doctoral Seminar Six: During the dissertation phase the candidate will work closely with a supervisor to produce and submit the literature review chapter of the dissertation. The seminar will consist of candidate-led discussions and presentations, peer review and consultation with supervisor.

Doctoral Seminar Seven: During the dissertation phase the candidate will work closely with a supervisor to produce and submit the findings chapter and final chapters of the dissertation. The seminar will consist of candidate-led discussions and presentations, peer review and final faculty assessment and approval of the dissertation.

Doctoral Seminar Eight: The final seminar will include a practice defense of the candidate’s research before faculty and peers in preparation for the final defense.

Program Structure

The PhD Practical Theology is a 60 credit program that can be completed in as few as four years.

Access to the internet is required for the program.

  • We cannot currently accept international students into the program.

Seminar Dates

October 15-16, 2019 – Seminar One
April 28-29, 2020 – Seminar Two
October 13-14, 2020 – Seminar Three
May 5-6, 2021 – Seminar Four
October 12-13, 2021 – Seminar Five
May 3-4, 2022 – Seminar Six


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