Zinzendorf School of Doctoral Studies

Academics Overveiw

Ph. D. program

The Ph.D in Global Theological Studies is designed to to enable the candidate to make an original contribution to theological and missiological scholarship in a global dimension. Meeting the admission requirements indicates that the student is qualified to undertake guided preparation with a supervising professor in the “examination phase”, and also to complete the required number of seminars with a grade of A or B.

Upon successful completion of a comprehensive “Doctoral Examination” before a committee, the student begins supervised research and writing in the “Dissertation Phase,” normally with the same supervising professor. Both the ‘Examination Phase’ and the ‘Dissertation Phase’ require participation in the annual colloquium by attendance and the oral presentation of a research paper or report.

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Established in 2004, the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program at Olivet University, accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), is a prestigious education program, designed to advance the candidates engaged in Christian ministries to the highest level in his or her field.

The Doctor of Ministry degree is considered the terminal degree in the area of ministry, thus the graduates of the Doctor of Ministry program must demonstrate competent knowledge and insights that meets the high expectation. While maintaining its academic expectations, the emphasis of the Doctor of Ministry is the “practice of ministry.”

Upon admission to the Doctor of Ministry Program, a candidate’s final goal for degree award, will be to design, implement, evaluate, and record an original ministry-related project at the highest doctoral standards.

The Doctor of Ministry is a degree program culminating in the recognition of advanced professional studies pursued by practicing ministers and Christian professionals. The program sharpens the skills of those actively engaged in ministry.

This doctorate provides an opportunity for high academic achievement, and develops intellectual and practical capability of practicing ministers and Christian professionals.