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CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

 

 

1) DEGREE TITLE: BACHELOR OF ARTS IN RELIGION

 

DEGREE PROGRAM: RELIGION

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

 

In keeping with the Biblical tradition, a degree program of Bachelor of Arts in Religion will (1) provide a good Biblical foundation for the personal development of students, (2) enable the students to select further study for personal enrichment and to develop Biblical skills needed for a more effective Christian witness, and (3) train terminal majors for the ministry as pastors, evangelists, Christian educators, youth ministers or missionaries.

 

TITLE OF DEGREE: BACHELOR OF ARTS IN RELIGION (B.A in Religion)

 

 

REQUIREMENTS:

 

Undergraduate degree requirements are designed to encourage students to explore a wide range of academic disciplines and to focus in depth on one area. The program offers flexibility in choice of liberal arts and professional studies electives to complement specified specialization subjects.

A total of 125 semester units is required for the B.A. in Religion degree.

40 General Education

16 General Electives

30 Major Foundational Studies

30 Specialization Studies

15 Concentration Studies

Total........125 Credits

 

Among required 125 credits, Major Foundational Studies which are common to all Specializations are considered part of the total Specialization requirements. Therefore, actual Specialization requirements are 40 units.

All students must choose one Specialization and one Concentration, or a double Specialization.

Student may qualify for a double Specialization by fulfilling all 48 units required for both Specializations, plus 16 units of Major Foundational Studies.

 

 

PREREQUISITES:

 

Prerequisites to the baccalaureate degree program in Religion is to have a high school diploma with at least a 2.00 (C+) grade point average (GPA) or have equivalent academic preparation, as determined by CTS; to attain at least 2.00 GPA in any university and other post-secondary studies attempted; and to show promise of success in the pursuit of the B.A. degree.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS:

 

Instruction consists of thorough lectures by the instructor, class presentation and participation of the students, mid- and final examinations, along with reading assignments and term papers.

The students will be evaluated on the following basis:

Mid- and Final Examinations: 60%

Reading assignments & term papers: 20%

Class Presentation and participation: 10%

Class Attendance: 10%

In some courses, students are required to take field trips and/or attend seminars, workshops and concerts in order to improve and broaden their learning experiences. Sometimes, the CTS invites outstanding and well-known scholars for special lectures. These special lectures normally last for more than two weeks. The students are required to attend the lectures and to be tested later. These special lectures are given to the students without extra charge.

 

 

CURRICULUM:

 

COURSE NUMBERING

001-099  Remedial courses not on college level

100-299  Lower Division Undergraduate courses designed for general education,

freshmen and sophomores, but open to all students. A few have specific

prerequisites.

300-399  Upper Division Undergraduate courses designed for juniors and           seniors.

All have a prerequisite of sophomore standing or above.

400-499                  Specialized Upper Division.

500-699                  Graduate courses. All have a prerequisite of graduate standing.

700-799  Doctoral level studies. Open only to doctoral students who have been                                                                                       advanced to candidacy. Consent of instructor is required.

 

 

*GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (40 Semester Units Minimum)

 

A. Humanities

9 s.u. for 3 courses from 2 separate disciplines in Art, Music, Drama, Literature, Foreign language, Philosophy, etc.

 

B. Social Sciences

9 s.u. for 3 courses from 2 separate disciplines in History, Political Science, Economics, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, etc.

 

C. Science/Mathematics

6 s.u. at minimum. Fulfill 1) College Level mathematics and 2) 6 s.u. minimum in Computer Science, Physical, Biological or Natural Science.

 

D. Communications

6 s.u. at minimum. Fulfill 1) Composition and 2)Speech communication.

 

E. General Education Electives

Remaining units necessary to total 40. However, courses in this section must come from section A, B, C or D.

 

 

*MAJOR FOUNDATIONAL STUDIES

 

OT 110 (3)

NT 130 (3)

TH 150 (3)

PM 170 (3)

TH 340 (3)

TH 341 (3)

HI 447 (3)

HI 448 (3)

BL 480 (3)

BL 485 (3)

Total....... 30 Credits

 

*SPECIALIZATION

THEOLOGY SPECIALIZATION

 

OT 301 (3)

Choose any one OT (3)

NT 320 (3)

Choose any one NT (3)

Choose any two TH (6)

PM 463 (3)

Any 3 TH, OT, NT or BL (9)

Total...... 30 Credits

 

MINISTRY SPECIALIZATION

PM 460-461 (6)

PM 463-465 (9)

TH 446    (3)

TH 456    (3)

PM or YM Elective (Choose 3)           (9)

Total....... 30 Credits

 

WORLD MISSION SPECIALIZATION

 

PM 460-461 (6)

WM 479 (3)

TH 342    (3)

Choose any 3 WM (9)

Choose any 3 WM, PM, YM or CE (9)

Total...... 30 Credits

 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SPECIALIZATION

 

PS 454     (3)

CE 360     (3)

CE 461 (3)

CE 469     (3)

Choose any 3 CE (9)

Choose any 3 CE, PM, or YM (9)

Total...... 30 Credits

 

*CONCENTRATION

THEOLOGY CONCENTRATION

 

Any 1 OT book      (3)

Any 1 NT book      (3)

Any 1 TH                  (3)

Any 3 TH, OT, NT or BL (9)

Total....... 18 Credits

 

MINISTRY CONCENTRATION

 

PM 463 (3)

TH 446    (3)

PM or YM Elective (Choose 4)           (12)

Total....... 18 Credits

 

WORLD MISSION CONCENTRATION

 

WM 479 (3)

TH 342    (3)

Choose any 4 WM (12)

Total...... 18 Credits

 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CONCENTRATION

 

PS 454     (3)

CE 360     (3)

CE 461 (3)

CE 469     (3)

Choose any 2 CE, PM, or YM (6)

Total...... 18 Credits

 

*GENERAL ELECTIVES

 

Additional lower and upper division courses may be selected in any disciplines to fulfill the 125 Total Units required for the B.A. in the Religion degree. Students are encouraged to pursue their individual interests in choosing electives.

Total......16 Credits

 

SECOND SPECIALIZATION OR DEGREE

 

Students holding a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution who want a second specialization must complete a minimum of 40 units in a second area of specialization studies. Those seeking a second bachelor's degree must meet the same requirement, completing at 125 total units, and must meet all other requirements for the CTS degree.

2) DEGREE TITLE: MASTER OF DIVINITY

 

DEGREE PROGRAM: RELIGION

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

 

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program is designed to equip the student for a full-time professional Christian ministry (pastor, teacher, evangelist, church planter, missionary, or leader in a parachurch organization). Its objective is to stimulate the student to establish an adequate foundation for the beginning of ministry and for the lifelong process of learning and experience. This entails an accurate knowledge of the Word of God, the source of faith, and the effective means of its communication. The course of study is therefore designed to achieve a proper balance between the academic, the practical and the personal.

Although the M.Div. Degree is not necessary for ordination in all churches or denominations, it is the level of degree which the CTS recommends all prospective pastors seek to attain.

 

 

TITLE OF DEGREE: MASTER OF DIVINITY (M.DIV.)

 

REQUIREMENTS:

 

A total of 96 semester units (or 90 s.u. plus Thesis) is required for the Master of Divinity degree.. Among them, a maximum of 24 units may be selected from Specialized Upper Division undergraduate studies(400 levels) relevant to the students program.

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Students who have an earned bachelor's degree from an approved Christian College or University with a major in religion or related field may receive up to 30 semester units of advanced standing. Those courses which qualify for advanced standing in the program are limited to the following courses.

Maximum units in each area are:

Greek     (6)

Hebrew (6)

Church History      (6)

Pastoral Ministry (6)

Theology (6)

Bible        (6)

Electives (6)

 

Students transferring from other approved graduate schools may transfer up to 60 units into the program.

 

PRE-RESEARCH EXAMINATION

 

Before beginning the master's thesis or project, all students must pass a 6-9 hour written examination on trends in scholarship in the specialization study, based on readings from scholarly journals, books, and other relevant publications. Appropriate bibliographies to assist in preparation for the exam may be obtained from each Program Director and from the student's Academic Committee members.

The student's Academic Committee may, at its discretion, require an oral exam following the mandatory written test.

In the Pre-Research Examination the student is asked to demonstrate knowledge of (1) the principal schools of thought and (2) the major theoretical and methodological trends leading up to the `state of the art' today, and familiarity with (3) the classic literature and (4) major journals in the specialization study.

The topics to be covered by the examination and the questions to be asked are set by the student's Academic Committee and must be approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Normally, three to six main areas of knowledge (subdisciplines) within the major study are addressed in major essay questions, sometimes supplemented by short answer, identification, or other types of questions.

The passing level on the examination is determined by the student's Academic Committee in consultation with the Vice President. In borderline cases, the answers may be referred by the Vice President to a fourth reader, or an oral examination may be required.

Upon successful completion of the Pre-Research Examination, student should file for advancement to candidacy.

Students who fail to show adequate understanding of their specialization study, or who fail any section of the Pre-Research Examination, may:

a. Be asked to rewrite the entry examination after an appropriate study period of not less than 3 months.

b. Be asked to rewrite one or more sections of the examination after an appropriate study period of not less than 1 month.

C. Be asked to write a major paper (generally 15-30 pages in length) covering the failed section(s) of the examination. A separate paper is required for each section failed.

d. Have their master's program terminated.

 

THESIS OR PROJECT

 

After completing all or almost all studies, passing the Pre-Research Examination, the student should submit a Thesis Research Proposal for approval. In some disciplines a master's project is allowed in lieu of the thesis, and a similar Proposal must be approved for the project.

Upon approval of the Proposal, the student registers for the master's thesis or project through the AGETS. It is expected that more than one term may be needed to complete the research and writing for the thesis or project. A grade of In Progress (`IP') is listed on the student's record. When the work is completed a grade of Pass (`P') is entered. The `P' grade does not replace the `IP', but is entered for the term when final approval of the thesis or project is obtained. The completed thesis or project must be approved by all member of the student's Academic Committee.

Those failing to satisfactorily complete the thesis or project will have their degree program terminated.

 

ALTERNATE PATTERN-Comprehensive Examination plus Three Major Papers

 

In a few cases, a comprehensive examination and three papers in the major study may be allowed by the student's Academic Committee in lieu of a master's thesis or project, generally if the student is expected to proceed directly with studies toward the doctorate course in qualified academic institution. If the student's Program of Studies includes this option, the comprehensive examination and all three major papers must be approved by all members of the student's Academic Committee.

The Comprehensive Examination includes the Pre-Research Examination in the Major Study (see Pre-Research Examination) and additional sections related to the student's specific Program of Studies and areas of research. The three Major Papers each should exceed a typical graduate term paper in quality, depth of coverage, and length, but may be based on previously submitted course papers.

Regulations governing the Pre-Research Examination (approval, passing levels, rewriting, fees, etc.) also apply to the Comprehensive Examination.

 

PREREQUISITES:

 

Prerequisites for the M.Div program are to meet the School's admission qualifications which indicate their ability to pursue advanced study and research. It normally requires a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited liberal arts institution or seminaries.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS:

 

Instruction consists of thorough lectures by the instructor, class presentation and participation of the students, mid- and final examinations, along with reading assignments and term papers.

The students will be evaluated on the following basis:

Mid- and Final Examinations: 60%

Reading assignments & term papers: 20%

Class Presentation and participation: 10%

Class Attendance: 10%

In some courses, students are required to take field trips and/or attend seminars, workshops and concerts in order to improve and broaden their learning experiences. Sometimes, the CTS invites outstanding and well-known scholars for special lectures. These special lectures normally last for more than two weeks. The students are required to attend the lectures and to be tested later. These special lectures are given to the students without extra charge.

 

CURRICULUM:

 

REQUIRED COURSES for M. Div. (96 Credit hours)

 

COURSE NUMBERING

400-499                  Specialized Upper Division.

500-699                  Graduate courses. All have a prerequisite of graduate standing.

700-799  Doctoral level studies. Open only to doctoral students who have been                advanced to candidacy. Consent of instructor is required.

 

A total of 96 semester units (or 90 s.u. plus Thesis) is required for the M.Div. degree.

6 Units    Christian History (HI 447, 448)

12 Units Biblical Languages (BL 480, 481, 485, 486)

18 Units Bible Studies (OT 511, 512, NT 531, 532 Required)

18 Units Theology (TH 455, 456, 458, 459 Required)

18 Units Ministry (PM 460, 461, 462, 463 Required)

24 Units Electives

Total....... 96 Units

3) DEGREE TITLE: MASTER OF ARTS IN RELIGION

 

DEGREE PROGRAM: RELIGION

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

 

The Master of Arts in Religion Program is a graduate academic degree which is available to those students who do not need or want the M.Div. degree. The M.A in Religion requires the same academic level as the M.Div.. However, it does not require any of the practical courses necessary for pastoral training. Pastors who are already established in ministry and have an earned bachelors degree in religion, may not need the M.Div., but desire further study and recognition on the graduate level.

 

TITLE OF DEGREE: MASTER OF ARTS IN RELIGION (M.A in RELIGION)

 

REQUIREMENTS:

 

A total of 66 semester units (or 60 s.u. plus Thesis) is required for the M.A. in Religion degree. Among them, a maximum of 15 units may be selected from Specialized Upper Division undergraduate studies(400 levels) relevant to the students program. Students should choose one of the Theological Studies, World Mission and Christian Education as their Specialization Studies.

 

Students who have an earned bachelor's degree from an approved Christian College or University with a major in religion or related field may receive up to 24 semester units of advanced standing. Those courses which qualify for advanced standing in the program are limited to the following courses.

Maximum units in each area are:

Biblical Language (6)

Church History      (6)

Theology                 (6)

Bible Electives       (9)

Open Electives     (15)

Students transferring from other approved graduate schools may transfer up to 40 units into the program.

 

PRE-RESEARCH EXAMINATION

 

Before beginning the master's thesis or project, all students must pass a 6-9 hour written examination on trends in scholarship in the major study, based on readings from scholarly journals, books, and other relevant publications. Appropriate bibliographies to assist in preparation for the exam may be obtained from each Program Directors and from the student's Academic Committee members.

The student's Academic Committee may, at its discretion, require an oral exam following the mandatory written test.

In the Pre-Research Examination the student is asked to demonstrate knowledge of (1) the principal schools of thought and (2) the major theoretical and methodological trends leading up to the `state of the art' today, and familiarity with (3) the classic literature and (4) major journals in the major study.

The topics to be covered by the examination and the questions to be asked are set by the student's Academic Committee and must be approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Normally, three to six main areas of knowledge (subdisciplines) within the major study are addressed in major essay questions, sometimes supplemented by short answer, identification, or other types of questions.

The passing level on the examination is determined by the student's Academic Committee in consultation with the Vice President. In borderline cases, the answers may be referred by the Vice President to a fourth reader, or an oral examination may be required.

Upon successful completion of the Pre-Research Examination, student should file for advancement to candidacy.

Students who fail to show adequate understanding of their major study, or who fail any section of the Pre-Research Examination, may:

a. Be asked to rewrite the entry examination after an appropriate study period of not less than 3 months.

b. Be asked to rewrite one or more sections of the examination after an appropriate study period of not less than 1 month.

c. Be asked to write a major paper (generally 15-30 pages in length) covering the failed section(s) of the examination. A separate paper is required for each section failed.

d. Have their master's program terminated.

 

THESIS OR PROJECT

 

After completing all or almost all studies, passing the Pre-Research Examination, the student should submit a Thesis Research Proposal for approval. In some disciplines a master's project is allowed in lieu of the thesis, and a similar Proposal must be approved for the project.

Upon approval of the Proposal, the student registers for the master's thesis or project through the CTS. It is expected that more than one term may be needed to complete the research and writing for the thesis or project. A grade of In Progress (`IP') is listed on the student's record. When the work is completed a grade of Pass (`P') is entered. The `P' grade does not replace the `IP', but is entered for the term when final approval of the thesis or project is obtained. The completed thesis or project must be approved by all member of the student's Academic Committee.

Those failing to satisfactorily complete the thesis or project will have their degree program terminated.

 

ALTERNATE PATTERN-Comprehensive Examination plus Three Major Papers

 

In a few cases, a comprehensive examination and three papers in the major study may be allowed by the student's Academic Committee in lieu of a master's thesis or project, generally if the student is expected to proceed directly with studies toward the doctorate course in qualified academic institution. If the student's Program of Studies includes this option, the comprehensive examination and all three major papers must be approved by all members of the student's Academic Committee.

The Comprehensive Examination includes the Pre-Research Examination in the Major Study (see Pre-Research Examination) and additional sections related to the student's specific Program of Studies and areas of research. The three Major Papers each should exceed a typical graduate term paper in quality, depth of coverage, and length, but may be based on previously submitted course papers.

Regulations governing the Pre-Research Examination (approval, passing levels, rewriting, fees, etc.) also apply to the Comprehensive Examination.

 

PREREQUISITES:

 

Prerequisites for the M.A in Religion program are to meet the School's admission qualifications which indicate their ability to pursue advanced study and research. It normally requires a bachelor's or master's degree from regionally accredited liberal arts

 

INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS:

 

Instruction consists of thorough lectures by the instructor, class presentation and participation of the students, mid- and final examinations, along with reading assignments and term papers.

The students will be evaluated on the following basis:

Mid- and Final Examinations: 60%

Reading assignments & term papers: 20%

Class Presentation and participation: 10%

Class Attendance: 10%

In some courses, students are required to take field trips and/or attend seminars, workshops and concerts in order to improve and broaden their learning experiences. Sometimes, the CTS invites outstanding and well-known scholars for special lectures. These special lectures normally last for more than two weeks. The students are required to attend the lectures and to be tested later. These special lectures are given to the students without extra charge.

 

CURRICULUM:

 

REQUIRED COURSES

A total of 60 semester units is required for the M.A. in Religion degree.

Students should choose one of the Theological Studies, World Mission and Christian Education as their Specialization Studies.

 

COURSE NUMBERING

001-099  Remedial courses not on college level

100-299  Lower Division Undergraduate courses designed for general                                    education, freshmen and sophomores, but open to all students. A few                                                 have specific prerequisites.

300-399  Upper Division Undergraduate courses designed for juniors and           seniors. All have a prerequisite of sophomore standing or above.

400-499                  Specialized Upper Division.

500-699                  Graduate courses. All have a prerequisite of graduate standing.

700-799  Doctoral level studies. Open only to doctoral students who have been                advanced to candidacy. Consent of instructor is required.

 

*Specialization

A. Theological Studies (66 Credit hours)

6 Units    Biblical Language (BL 480, 481 or BL485, 486)

6 Units    Christian History (HI 447, 448)

15 Units Theology (TH 458, 459 Required)

15 Units Bible Studies (OT 511, 512, NT 531, 532 Required)

12 Units Theology Electives

12 Units Open Electives

Total....... 66 Units

 

B. World Mission (66 Credit hours)

6 Units    Biblical Language (BL 480, 481 or BL485, 486)

6 Units    Christian History (HI 447, 448)

12 Units Theology (TH 458, 459 Required)

15 Units Bible Studies (OT 511, 512, NT 531, 532 Required)

15 Units World Mission Electives

12 Units Open Electives

Total....... 66 Units

 

C. Christian Education (66 Credit hours)

6 Units    Biblical Language (BL 480, 481 or BL485, 486)

6 Units    Christian History (HI 447, 448)

12 Units Theology (TH 458, 459 Required)

15 Units Bible Studies (OT 511, 512, NT 531, 532 Required)

15 Units Christian Education Electives

12 Units Open Electives

Total....... 66 Units

 

 

4) DEGREE TITLE: DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN RELIGION

 

DEGREE PROGRAM: RELIGION

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

 

A Ph.D. means a doctorate in the "philosophy" of the subject. This requires sufficient study for the learning process to be oriented within the history and theory of an academic discipline or an appropriate interdisciplinary context, sufficiently in depth to see one's findings in relation to (a) previous research, (b) the standard literature of the field, and (c) the CTS' focus on Religion. The doctorate demands that the learner think critically and interrelate facts within a broad theoretical framework.

 

TITLE OF DEGREE: DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN RELIGION

 

REQUIREMENTS:

 

Normally, the doctoral program in religion requires a minimum of 54 semester units over three years of full-time graduate education or the equivalent in part-time study.

The 54 semester units of Ph.D in Religion, outlined in the learner's Program of Studies, generally involve an in-depth investigation of specific subdisciplines in the learner's specialization such as Theological Studies, World Mission or Christian Education, and in supporting disciplines. They may include both theory and applied studies, and typically emphasize directed readings, field research and graduate seminars that prepare the learner for the doctoral qualifying examination and for research toward the dissertation.

QUALIFYING EXAMINATION

 

Upon completion by the learner of all studies designated in the Program of Studies, the Principal Advisor should make arrangements for the Doctoral Qualifying Examination to be given. This is a comprehensive examination consisting of two sections:

(a) The written examination covering the learner's chosen specialization in the context of the larger discipline it represents, with questions set by the Academic Committee in consultation with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and marked by the Committee and one or two outside scholars appointed by the Vice President; followed by

(b) The oral examination conducted conjointly by the Academic Committee and additional scholars.

The passing level on the examination is determined by the learner's Committee in consultation with the Vice President. When the Qualifying Examination is passed, the learner should complete the form for advancement to candidacy.

Learners who fail any section of the Qualifying Examination may:

a. Be asked to rewrite the entire examination after an appropriate study period of not less than 3 months.

b. Be asked to rewrite one or more section of the examination after an appropriate study period of not less than 1 month.

c. Be asked to write a major paper (generally 25-30 pages in length) covering the failed section(s) of the examination. A separate paper is required for each section failed.

d. Have their doctoral program terminated.

The basic fee for the examination is included in the PhD Standard Program Fee. Learners admitted under an earlier arrangement will be charged a basic fee. In either case, if any part of the examination is rewritten, an additional fee is imposed.

 

ON-GOING LEARNING PROCESS

 

The passing of the Qualifying Examination does not mean that no further studies should be undertaken. Learners are encouraged to attend professional conferences and participate in workshops, symposiums, and graduate seminars in the areas related to their research focus while carrying out the research, data analysis, and writing of the dissertation, for the stimulation of sharing insights and receiving responses from other scholars.

 

DOCTORAL RESEARCH

RESEARCH PROPOSAL

 

The dissertation Research Proposal should be submitted after the Qualifying Examination is passed, stating in detail the need for and objectives of the intended research, intermediate goals, and methodology to be employed. The Proposal is to include both a clear statement of the intended thesis and a carefully selected preliminary bibliography of the most important literature to which the thesis is directly related. The "thesis" is "a proposition stated or put forward for consideration, especially one to be proved or maintained against objections". The thesis should state a proposition with some hypothesis or theory about which the learner possesses some preliminary opinion, based upon evidence, which eventually is to be demonstrated by the assembly and analysis of the additional data from the research.

The doctoral dissertation must provide new knowledge, making an original contribution to the chosen field.

Thus the learner should contemplate study and research armed with a set of questions suggested by criteria which are defined by the preliminary hypothesis of a thesis set in a well-defined body of theory, within the selected academic discipline (or in an interdisciplinary context), with careful attention to appropriate research methods.

None of these needs to deflect the ultimate practical objectives, which have stimulated the research. Such objectives may be most effectively realized under the discipline of carefully crafted academic procedure.

Normally, learners should be advanced to candidacy before starting major research toward the dissertation. The need to undertake elements of the research before candidacy, to include in the doctoral program data from previously conducted research, or to base the doctoral research upon such earlier research, should be explained in the Dissertation Research Proposal.

Research Proposal requires approval by the learner's Academic committee, Campus Advisor, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Changes in the Proposal may be necessitated in light of initial investigations or unforeseen circumstances. A new Proposal is needed if the revisions constitute essentially a new research project.

When the Research Proposal is approved, the learner registers for the Doctoral Dissertation through the CTS. This registration covers the period of research, analysis, writing, and defense of the dissertation.

 

LITERATURE AND RESEARCH

 

Dissertation research is conducted under the supervision of the Academic Committee. The Principal Advisor should be able to be consulted and to render supervisory assistance frequently, especially during the initial phases of research.

 

DOCTORAL DISSERTATION

 

Dissertation Writing

As the dissertation writing is planned, a full outline should be prepared in collaboration with the learner's Committee members and sent to the Campus Advisor, who will forward a copy to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. As each section or chapter is written, it should be sent to the Committee members for comment. The additional scholar(s), selected by the Vice President or recommended by the Academic Committee and approved by the Vice President, will be invited to read and evaluate the dissertation, either piecemeal or in a draft of the whole.

The final copy of the dissertation must be approved by all Academic Committee members, additional scholar(s), the Campus Advisor, and the Vice President.

 

Oral Defense

When the dissertation is approved, the learner must arrange for an Oral Defense of the dissertation, to be co-chaired by a representative from the CTS and the Principal Advisor. Also participating will be the other Committee members, additional scholars, guest specialists invited by the CTS, and, if possible, the Campus Advisor or Vice President.

The oral defense is a test of the learner's (a) ability to defend the thesis in the face of opposing arguments; (b) command of the research data and its analysis in terms of appropriate theory, proving the validity of the hypothesis; and (c) comprehension of and ability to explain with authority the original contribution of the dissertation within the context of the academic field.

Further revisions of the dissertation may be required after the oral defense. Ultimately two bound copies and one unbound copy of the final approved dissertation must be submitted to the CTS.

 

PREREQUISITES:

 

Admission to graduate degree programs for the Ph.D in Religion is granted to those who meet the School's admission qualifications and whose records indicate their ability to pursue advanced study and research. Admission normally requires a master's degree (M.A in Religion or M.Div) from a regionally accredited liberal arts institution or seminaries.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS:

 

Instruction consists of thorough lectures by the instructor, class presentation and participation of the students, mid- and final examinations, along with reading assignments and term papers.

The students will be evaluated on the following basis:

Mid- and Final Examinations: 60%

Reading assignments & term papers: 20%

Class Presentation and participation: 10%

Class Attendance: 10%

In some courses, students are required to take field trips and/or attend seminars, workshops and concerts in order to improve and broaden their learning experiences. Sometimes, the CTS invites outstanding and well-known scholars for special lectures. These special lectures normally last for more than two weeks. The students are required to attend the lectures and to be tested later. These special lectures are given to the students without extra charge.

 

CURRICULUM:

 

STAGE ONE: REQUIRED COURSES

Advanced Studies for the Doctorate:              48 Units

Religious Studies

Theological Studies

World Mission and Religions

Religious Education

Counseling

Futuristics

Leadership

Research Methodology

Comprehension Examination

 

STAGE TWO: Doctoral Research      6 Unit

Literature and field research

Doctoral Dissertation                           

Writing and oral defense

Total.………………………….... 54 Units

 

 

5) HONORARY DEGREE

DEGREE TITLE: DOCTOR OF DIVINITY (HONORIS CAUSA)

 

DEGREE PROGRAM: RELIGION

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

 

CTS does confer Doctor of Divinity (Honors Causa) to some individuals who have done great things for Christianity. This honorable degree will be conferred when CTS sees this conferring will enhance Christianity through the recipient of the degree or through his or her influence.

 

TITLE OF DEGREE: DOCTOR OF DIVINITY IN RELIGION, HON.

REQUIREMENTS:

 

The recipient of this degree must be a very high moral character who has shown an outstanding Christian testimony for many years.

 

PREREQUISITES:

 

The person must be an active leader in the Christian service and his or her leadership has been known distinctively in the Christian community.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS: N/A

 

CURRICULUM: N/A

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