Amridge University Academic Catalog  

2013-2014 Academic Year (Effective 2.28.2014)

 

Table of Contents

Section 14:  Turner School of Theology_ 3

MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN OF THE TURNER SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY. 4

PURPOSE OF THE TURNER SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY. 5

EDUCATIONAL GOALS OF THE TURNER SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY. 5

DESCRIPTIONS OF THE TURNER SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY PROGRAMS OF STUDY. 6

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS. 12

THE TURNER SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS. 12

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MINISTERIAL LEADERSHIP  12

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN BIBLICAL STUDIES. 15

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN PRACTICAL MINISTRY. 22

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF DIVINITY IN MINISTERIAL LEADERSHIP  27

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF DIVINITY. 33

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DOCTOR OF MINISTRY. 39

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN BIBLICAL STUDIES. 47

 

 

 

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Section 14:  Turner School of Theology

This section includes important information on the programs, courses, and degrees offered through the Amridge University Turner School of Theology.  Exceptions may be noted in the respective sections for specific programs and services specified elsewhere in this publication, noted in later editions of this publication, and/or published addenda (paper- and web-based).  Also, as each degree may have its own unique admission, graduation, and related requirements, these requirements are listed with each degree.  Even though the individual listing of these degree requirements may appear to be, and in some cases may be, repetitious of other degrees, the University has chosen to list all of the admissions, graduation, and other requirements under each degree for accuracy purposes [Version 2.2012-2013, Effective 2.24.2013].

 

 


MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN OF THE TURNER SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY

The Turner School of Theology was established to provide a high degree of training in the fields of Biblical Studies, Theology, and Ministry. In this complex world in which we live, it is imperative to equip our students with the ability to exegete the Bible accurately. Our graduates must be able to teach those with whom they come into contact the importance and the value of the Holy Scriptures, and to impart to them how to apply the many truths found therein to their daily lives.  Not only must those we train be prepared to expound the pages of the Bible clearly and carefully, they must be able to defend God’s Word in an age of widespread disbelief.

It is our goal at the Turner School of Theology, as it was the person’s in whose honor the school is named (Dr. Rex Turner, Sr.), that our graduates become the leaders of tomorrow in the communities which they serve. The immensely important task of our capable faculty is to provide our students with the knowledge and skills that will result in the attainment of such a lofty goal.

We invite you to analyze your own personal objectives and needs, then thoughtfully investigate our programs (Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, Master of Arts in Practical Ministry, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies). We believe you will find what you need to fulfil your dreams, as well as be a credit to humanity and to your Creator.

Rodney Cloud, PhD

Dean, Turner School of Theology

 


PURPOSE OF THE TURNER SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY

The Amridge University Board of Regents chartered the Turner School of Theology in 1999 in profound appreciation of Rex and Opal Turner, founders of the University.  The board deemed it appropriate to establish a school of theology in their name to honor and recognize the personal labors and sacrifices made by Rex and Opal Turner for the cause of Christ.  Dr. Rex Turner, Sr., was an avid student of Scripture who was well loved for his biblical scholarship.  He was known for his insight and vision, his, administrative acumen, tireless efforts, and commitment to training church leaders, ministers, and Bible teachers for a world that needs Christ.

The purpose of the Turner School of Theology is to provide for the educational development of qualified persons to be effective Christian ministers, church leaders, teachers, and scholars who will use their gifts and knowledge in proclaiming the gospel, strengthening the church, and serving humanity.  To accomplish this purpose, the School seeks to prepare students for the ministerial and teaching professions and for effective voluntary Christian service through both academic and practical studies on the graduate level.  The programs of instruction are biblical in orientation, scholarly in intellectual preparation, and relevant to contemporary life in application.  These programs include a strong emphasis in biblical studies, supported by studies in such fields as biblical languages, church history, systematic theology, homiletics and communication, religious education, professional ministerial studies, and missiology.

Degrees offered include the Master of Arts (MA), Master of Divinity (MDiv), Doctor of Divinity (DMin), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).  There are five different master’s programs and several degrees which allow concentration in the Old Testament or the New Testament.  Additionally, the University provides a program of continuing education, through the Amridge University School of Continuing Education, for those who are not pursuing degrees.

EDUCATIONAL GOALS OF THE TURNER SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY

1.    Acquire a broad, if not comprehensive knowledge, of the Bible, related disciplines, and practical methods of ministry as a foundation for a life of Christian service.

2.    Develop intellectual capacities for critical thinking and problem solving to enable one to analyze, evaluate, organize, and synthesize information and use it constructively and creatively.

3.    Develop attitudes and values appropriate to a life of Christian faith and practice

4.    Develop skills for religious research, human relations, and oral and written communication appropriate for Christian ministry

5.    Gain essential knowledge, develop proper attitudes, and acquire important skills, be prepared for more advanced employment in the area of Christian ministries, and/or for life-long learning.

6.    Develop Christian attitudes and values through acquiring skills in communication and human relations, be prepared to function responsibly, and effectively in the familial, social, and civic arenas of life.

DESCRIPTIONS OF THE TURNER SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY PROGRAMS OF STUDY

The Amridge University Turner School of Theology offers seven programs of study at the master’s and doctoral levels.  The specific programs of study include the following:

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

The Master of Arts (MA) in Biblical Studies is a degree that offers a specialization in the Bible, its world, and its interpretation. Crucial to this program is the student's ability to become sufficiently acquainted with the Hebrew and Greek languages to use them as basic linguistic tools in this undertaking. The student my also choose Aramaic and Akkadian (for Old Testament concentration) to aid further investigation into the interpretation of Scripture.  There is heavy emphasis on scholarly biblical research in this degree track to provide for the educational development of qualified persons to be effective Christian ministers and church leaders, especially as teachers and scholars who will use their gifts and knowledge in proclaiming the gospel, strengthening the church, and serving humanity. One very important goal is for the student to develop a professional, scholarly approach to interpreting the Bible. If this goal is attained, this program provides a proper foundation for students to pursue the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies offered by Amridge University, as well as be equipped to teach on the college or university level. The MA program is open to applicants who hold the BA or BS degree.

The one and only major for this program is Biblical Studies.  A student may specify an area of concentration by earning 15 semester hours of courses in either Old Testament Studies or New Testament Studies. In that case, one Testament would be the student’s major, while the other would be classified as the student’s minor, while the other would be classified as the student’s major.

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies Program the graduates will be able to:

1.    Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively as teachers in a college or university setting.

2.    Exegete passages from the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament. (The study of biblical languages is integral to this degree program).

3.    Master the principles of textual criticism in order to deal with difficult problems in the establishing of the best text.

4.    Develop an objective approach to interpreting the Bible, with special attention to scholarly research and writing.

5.    Demonstrate survey knowledge of various disciplines, which are related to the student’s focused discipline.

These outcomes are assessed through a comprehensive examination.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade (i.e., ”Qualifying” or “Qualifying with Distinction”) for the comprehensive examination given for this degree. 

 

Master of Arts in Practical Ministry

The Master of Arts (MA) in Practical Ministry is designed to prepare qualified persons to be effective Christian ministers and church leaders in proclaiming the gospel, strengthening the church, and serving humanity. It seeks to prepare students for the profession of ministry and for effective Christian service. The program is biblical in its orientation with reflection on theological studies including history, spiritual formation and how to minister in today’s culture. A strong focus of the program is practical ministry that is relevant to contemporary life.  Additionally, this program provides a foundation for students to pursue more advanced studies such as the Master of Divinity (MDiv) offered by Amridge University. The MA program is open to applicants who hold the BA or BS degree.

 

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry program the graduates will be able to:

1.    Reflect in a critical manner on the Christian mission to practice ministry in strengthening the church and serving humanity;

2.    Demonstrate skills in various methods of ministry relevant to contemporary culture in Christian service;

3.    Demonstrate an understanding of biblical and theological studies that provides the basis for various types of Christian ministry;

4.    Support a foundation for personal and spiritual growth that facilitates the edification of spiritual formation in others. . Seek admission into more advanced studies such as the MDiv degree based on a well- developed scholarly, theological, and reflective foundation.

These outcomes are assessed through a comprehensive examination.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade (i.e., ”Qualifying” or “Qualifying with Distinction”) for the comprehensive examination given for this degree. 

 

Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree prepares qualified persons to be effective Christian ministers and church leaders who will use their gifts and knowledge in proclaiming the gospel, strengthening the church, and serving humanity. The program seeks to prepare students for professions in ministry and further opportunities by preparation for admission to more advanced studies such as the Master of Divinity degree program. The Master of Divinity is biblical in orientation with exposure to theological and historical studies. The program seeks after effective Christian service that is scholarly; yet, practical and relevant to contemporary life for the communities in which graduates will serve. Finally, graduates of the MDiv degree will be mentored in ways to conduct themselves and to relate to others that is spiritually mature and morally sensitive.

Upon completion of the Master of Divinity program the graduates will be able to:

 

1.    Demonstrate effective preparation for Christian ministry and leadership responsibilities in congregations and other settings

2.    Use the biblical text and theological and historical studies to enrich the spiritual life of others

3.    Develop the skills to minister in an effective manner in the culture in which the graduate must live

4.    Support the means by which one may grow morally and spiritually, and by which one may lead others in positive spiritual formation in the likeness of Jesus Christ

5.    Develop the scholarly, theological and reflective foundation that will provide the basis for admission into more advanced studies such as the DMin degree.

These outcomes are assessed through a comprehensive examination.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade (i.e., ”Qualifying” or “Qualifying with Distinction”) for the comprehensive examination given for this degree. 

 

Doctor of Ministry

Amridge University offers the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree program to qualified persons who are currently engaged in ministry. The goal of the DMin program is to develop effective Christian ministers by combining theological reflection with continued spiritual growth which leads to greater competence in ministerial skills. Students can use this degree to increase their general effectiveness in ministry or to tailor their abilities toward a particular specialty. The Amridge University program utilizes the candidate’s own work setting as a primary learning resource. Much of the course work involves in-service projects of direct benefit to the candidate’s ministry. The intent is to integrate these dimensions into a working totality for each minister. Integration at many levels is one of the important features of the program: of religion and contemporary life, of professional work and personal life, and of Scripture and theology all into the practice of ministry.

Class time provides occasions for disciplined study, critical reflection, and evaluation on ministry issues. Group interaction among peers aids this important process. The faculty will cultivate and encourage interaction that will promote openness, caring, and growth in the Christian ministry.

The DMin is distinguished from the MDiv in that it demands a higher level of competence, more extensive analytical skills, and greater ability to do practical and thorough research related to ministry. The DMin is distinguished from a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a Doctor of Theology (ThD) in that it focuses specifically on excellence in practical ministry rather than academic research and languages.

Upon completion of the Doctor of Ministry program the graduates will be able to:

1.    Enhance ministry skills to more effectively lead in various roles in a church setting;

2.    Demonstrate the ability to integrate theology and Scripture into an effective ministry;

3.    Research issues in congregational ministry and provide scholarly analysis of those issues and innovative solutions of them;

4.    Demonstrate the ability to understand the needs of the contemporary church and develop a vision and a plan to meet those needs;

5.    Show personal spiritual growth as a Christian minister and leader, developing attitudes and values appropriate to a life of Christian faith and practice

These outcomes are assessed in Research Dissertation Module IV.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the Research Dissertation Module IV.

 

Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies

The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biblical Studies (PhD) with degree concentrations in the Old Testament or the New Testament is to equip students for academic teaching, research, and for producing scholarly, creative writing in the fields of Old Testament and New Testament. Students select one of these two fields as a concentration, while conducting significant study in the other testament is obviously the minor. They will take a comprehensive examination and write a dissertation, both of which will reflect the area of concentration. The program is specifically oriented toward preparing students to teach Bible and biblical languages in universities, seminaries, theological schools, and colleges; to teach in related academic fields at the college level; to become a specialist in scholarly biblical teaching in one’s ministerial practice; and to produce scholarly writing. This Biblical Studies program should equip students with the aptitude necessary to bring critical skills to the biblical text; to analyze, interpret, and explain the text; and to express insights and conclusions in scholarly writing.

There are 10 core courses of the 20 required courses in the PhD in Biblical Studies which address areas such as biblical archaeology, the world of the Bible, theology, doctrine, critical interpretation of the Bible, ethics, linguistics, etymology, the authority of the Bible, exegesis, and the origin and history of the Scriptures. These core courses provide students with essential research tools and assess the methods of critical scholarship. The six Old and New Testament textual courses in this program will use the latest Hebrew or Greek editions of the Old and New Testaments. The other four courses deal directly with the writing of the dissertation.

Other requirements within these concentrations are as follows:

1.    Old Testament Concentration

A student may elect the concentration in Old Testament studies.  The primary goal of this concentration is the development of a comprehensive knowledge of the Old Testament and related subjects.  This Old Testament emphasis encompasses a study of ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, History and Religion (with an emphasis on Israel and its neighbors), Old Testament Theology, and textual courses with Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia as the primary source.  A total of 33 required semester hours would be in the field of Old Testament study (this includes 9 semester hours in the core courses, 12 hours in textual courses and 12 hours in the dissertation); additionally there will be 15 hours in New Testament study; and 12 more hours in studies related to both Testaments.

 

2.    New Testament Concentration

A student may elect the concentration in New Testament studies.  The primary goal of this concentration is a development of a comprehensive knowledge of the New Testament and related studies.  The New Testament concentration encompasses a study of Archaeology, History and Religion of the Hellenistic Age (with an emphasis on Palestine), New Testament Theology, and textual courses which make use of the best editions of the Greek New Testament.  A total of 33 required semester hours would be in the field of New Testament study (this includes 9 hours in the core courses, 12 hours in textual courses and 12 hours in the dissertation); additionally there will be 15 semester hours in Old Testament study; and 12 semester hours in studies related to both Testaments.

 

Upon completion of the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies program the graduates will be able to:

1.    Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the field of biblical studies and a working knowledge of related academic disciplines, such as theology and history;

2.    Apply the biblical text in the original languages and to exegete it in a scholarly manner;

3.    Engage competently in original research and writing that advances the understanding of the biblical text for the sake of academy, church, and society in order to enrich the spiritual life of others.

4.    Support a sense of and a commitment to the vocation of biblical scholarship in its dimensions of learning, research, and teaching.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

See Section 5 — Admissions

THE TURNER SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

Amridge University has residency requirements for selected Turner School of Theology programs of study.  Amridge University defines residency as a simultaneous face-to-face meeting of a faculty member with his or her students. Refer to individual degree program sections for specific details relating to residency requirements.

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MINISTERIAL LEADERSHIP

The Master of Science in Ministerial Leadership is a professional-level degree designed to prepare students for work in Christian ministry with a practitioner's approach to Biblical studies.  Likewise, this program provides a foundation for students to pursue more advanced studies and degree programs such as the Master of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership followed by the Doctor of Ministry.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Ministerial Leadership Program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Demonstrate the skills necessary to work in Christian ministry

2.    Demonstrate the biblical principles necessary to practice ministry

3.    Seek admissions to the Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Ministerial Leadership that could lead to the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) 

4.    Seek employment to teach undergraduate courses on the college level in Ministerial Leadership.

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course: 

 

 LD 6385 – Ministerial Leadership

 

Applications for admission to the Master of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership program will not be considered complete until the following item is completed and submitted:

1.    Application with fee.

2.    Official transcript showing an earned 4 year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution.

If the applicant has not completed the last course(s) at another school for which he or she is registered at the time of filing his or her application with Amridge University, a partial transcript should be sent for evaluation.  The final transcript showing courses completed and any degree earned is required before the end of the first semester after initial matriculation.  No academic credit will be recorded on a student’s permanent record until all necessary credentials are received.

 

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Master of Science in Ministerial Leadership may be completed in 5 semesters.  A student may take courses on a part-time or full-time basis.

The Course Requirements of 40 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Science in Ministerial Leadership consists of program specific courses (42 semester hours).

 

Required Courses for the Master of Science in Ministerial Leadership

Sem. Hrs.

  

FD 6312

Hermeneutics

3

 

 

FT 7301

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

3

 

 

LD 6353

Leadership Vision and Values

3

 

 

LD 6357

Organizational Communication

3

 

 

LD 6358

Theories of Motivational Leadership

3

 

 

LD 6362

Spiritual Leadership

3

 

 

LD 6385

Ministerial Leadership (Capstone Course)

3

 

 

NT 6301

Critical Introduction to the New Testament

3

 

 

NT 6320

The Book of Acts

3

 

 

OT 6301

Critical Introduction to the Old Testament

3

 

 

PS 6302

Homiletics

3

 

 

PS 6310

Personal Evangelism

3

 

 

RS 6339

Research and Evaluation

3

 

 

TH 6310

Systematic Theology

3

 

Total Hours for Masters Degree

42

 

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Science in Ministerial Leadership

Before being graduated with the Master of Science in Ministerial Leadership, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    Complete a total of 42 graduate semester hours of the required course work;

2.    At least 24 of the graduate semester hours must be from Amridge University.  Also, any possible transfer of graduate credits taken from another accredited institution must be agreed upon by the end of the first enrolled semester at Amridge University;

3.    Complete all required coursework for the degree;

4.    Pass the program capstone course and the Program Exit Examination that is given as part of the capstone course;

5.    Have cumulative GPA of 2.0;

6.    Students who expect to pursue further graduate study beyond this degree should maintain a 3.0 GPA; and

7.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.

 

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN BIBLICAL STUDIES

The Master of Arts (MA) in Biblical Studies is a degree that offers a specialization in the Bible, its world, and its interpretation. Crucial to this program is the student's ability to become sufficiently acquainted with the Hebrew and Greek languages to use them as basic linguistic tools in this undertaking. The student my also choose Aramaic and Akkadian (for Old Testament concentration) to aid further investigation into the interpretation of Scripture.  There is heavy emphasis on scholarly biblical research in this degree track to provide for the educational development of qualified persons to be effective Christian ministers and church leaders, especially as teachers and scholars who will use their gifts and knowledge in proclaiming the gospel, strengthening the church, and serving humanity. One very important goal is for the student to develop a professional, scholarly approach to interpreting the Bible. If this goal is attained, this program provides a proper foundation for students to pursue the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies offered by Amridge University, as well as be equipped to teach on the college or university level. The MA program is open to applicants who hold the BA or BS degree.

The MA program is open to applicants who hold the BA or BS degree.  The one and only major for this program is Biblical Studies.  A student may specify an area of concentration by earning 15 semester hours of courses in either Old Testament Studies or New Testament Studies. In that case, one Testament would be the student’s major, while the other would be classified as the student’s minor.

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program the graduates will be able to:

1.    Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively as teachers in a college or university setting.

2.    Exegete passages from the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament. (The study of biblical languages is integral to this degree program).

3.    Master the principles of textual criticism in order to deal with difficult problems in the establishing of the best text.

4.    Develop an objective approach to interpreting the Bible, with special attention to scholarly research and writing.

5.    Demonstrate survey knowledge of various disciplines, which are related to the student’s focused discipline.

These outcomes are assessed through a comprehensive examination.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade (i.e., ”Qualifying” or “Qualifying with Distinction”) for the comprehensive examination given for this degree.   

 

Applications for admission to the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program will not be considered complete will not be considered complete until the following items are completed and submitted:

1.    Application with fee.

2.    Official transcript showing an earned 4 year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution.

If the applicant has not completed the last course(s) at another school for which he or she is registered at the time of filing his or her application with Amridge University, a partial transcript should be sent for evaluation.  The final transcript showing courses completed and any degree earned is required before the end of the first semester after initial matriculation.  No academic credit will be recorded on a student’s permanent record until all necessary credentials are received

3.    One year of Greek and one year of Hebrew on the undergraduate level with a grade of B or above is required, or the student may take FD 6302 and FD 6303 Elementary Greek I and II and FD 6306 and FD 6307 Elementary Hebrew I and II on the graduate level.   These courses will satisfy the biblical language prerequisites for the Master of Arts program, but they will not reduce the hours required to complete it.

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies may be normally completed in seven semesters.  A student may take his courses on a part-time or full-time basis.

 

Approval by Institutional Review Board

Faculty members or students conducting research in association with Amridge University, including research for dissertations, master’s theses or other studies must have prior approval of the Institution Review Board (IRB).  Students must receive approval from the IRB prior to completion of dissertation Module II or Master’s Thesis Part I.

The purpose of Amridge University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to insure that the use and treatment of human subjects participating in research associated with this University is ethical and in compliance with established standards.  Although researchers are ultimately responsible for the ethical treatment of their human subjects, it is the policy of Amridge University that all faculty members conducting research associated with this University involving human subjects must receive approval from the (IRB) before commencing their projects or beginning data collection.  This requirement also applies to student researchers who are collecting data under the supervision of a faculty member.  Students engaged in projects for theses, dissertations, independent research courses, or faculty-student collaborations which involve human subjects must seek IRB approval through their thesis or dissertation committee chairperson.  The IRB may require a background check of the investigator before approving a research plan involving research subjects who are minors.

 

The Course Requirements of 60 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Arts in Biblical Studies consists of program specific courses (27 semester hours), elective courses (33 semester hours), and one Comprehensive Examination.

 

Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

Sem. Hrs.

 

FD 6304

Greek Reading I *

3

 

 

FD 6305

Greek Reading II *

3

 

 

FD 6308

Hebrew Reading I *

3

 

 

FD 6309

Hebrew Reading II *

3

 

 

FD 6312

Hermeneutics

3

 

 

NT 6301

Critical Introduction to the New Testament *

3

 

 

OT 6301

Critical Introduction to the Old Testament *

3

 

 

RS 6310

Introduction to Biblical Related Research

3

 

 

TH 6310

Systematic Theology

3

 

Total Required Hours for Masters Degree

27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elective Courses for the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

New Testament Thesis Option

 

  

Five New Testament Textual Courses

15

 

  

Three Old Testament Textual Courses

9

 

 

RS 7302

Thesis Part I

3

 

 

RS 7303

Thesis Part II

3

 

 

Elective Course (choose one course from the following:)

3

 

 

BI 6320

History of the Bible

 

 

 

FD 6330

Biblical Aramaic

 

 

 

TH 6311

Christology

 

 

 

TH 6325

Eschatology: Study of Last Things

 

 

 

TH 6327

The Biblical Doctrine of God

 

 

Total New Testament Thesis Option Elective Hours for Masters Degree

33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elective Courses for the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

New Testament Non-Thesis Option

 

  

Five New Testament Textual Courses

15

 

  

Three Old Testament Textual Courses

9

 

 

Elective Courses (choose three courses from the following:)

9

 

 

BI 6320

History of the Bible

 

 

 

BI 6325

Archaeology and the Bible

 

 

 

FD 6330

Aramaic

 

 

 

FD 6343

Akkadian

 

 

 

FD 7320

Guided Research in Foundation Studies

 

 

 

NT 7320

Guided Research in the New Testament

 

 

 

TH 6318

New Testament Theology

 

 

Total New Testament Non-Thesis Option Elective Hours for Masters Degree

33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elective Courses for the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

Old Testament Thesis Option

 

  

Five Old Testament Textual Courses

15

 

  

Three New Testament Textual Courses

9

 

 

RS 7302

Thesis Part I

3

 

 

RS 7303

Thesis Part II

3

 

 

Elective Course (choose one course from the following:)

3

 

 

BI 6320

History of the Bible

 

 

 

FD 6330

Biblical Aramaic

 

 

 

TH 6311

Christology

 

 

 

TH 6325

Eschatology: Study of Last Things

 

 

 

TH 6327

The Biblical Doctrine of God

 

 

Total Old Testament Thesis Option Elective Hours for Masters Degree

33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elective Courses for the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

Old Testament Non-Thesis Option

 

  

Five Old Testament Textual Courses

15

 

  

Three New Testament Textual Courses

9

 

 

Elective Courses (choose three courses from the following:)

9

 

 

BI 6320

History of the Bible

 

 

 

BI 6325

Archaeology and the Bible

 

 

 

FD 6330

Aramaic

 

 

 

FD 6343

Akkadian

 

 

 

FD 7320

Guided Research in Foundation Studies

 

 

 

OT 7320

Guided Research in the Old Testament

 

 

 

TH 6318

New Testament Theology

 

 

Total Old Testament Non-Thesis Option Elective Hours for Masters Degree

33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Elective Hours for Masters Degree

 

33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive Examination for the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

 

  

BI 7011

Comprehensive Examination for Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

0

 

Total Comprehensive Examination Hours for Masters Degree

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Total Hours for Masters Degree

60

 

 

 

*Options on Certain Courses: Students who have taken a course in undergraduate studies which is deemed to be similar in content to a course that is marked with an asterisk may substitute another course within the same discipline with permission of the Dean of the Turner School of Theology.

 

**Advanced Bible Placement

Students who have a major in Bible or religious studies on the undergraduate level may receive, with the approval of the Dean of Turner School of Theology, up to 15 hours toward this degree – possibly reducing required hours total from 60 to 45 semester hours

 

Comprehensive Examination Requirement

Students in the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies anticipating graduation must pass the Comprehensive Examination.  To take the Comprehensive Examination the student must register for BI 7011 Comprehensive Examination for Master of Arts in Biblical Studies.

Please see the Semester Class Schedule for the test dates.  All students in the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program are required to take the Comprehensive Examination on the Amridge University Campus in Montgomery, Alabama.  Also, students must pass the Comprehensive Examination before graduating.  The specific content of the Comprehensive Examination is determined for each student in consultation with the faculty through the "professor in charge" that year. 

Qualifications for the Comprehensive Examination

In order for students to qualify for the Comprehensive Examination they must be within nine credit hours of completing all the courses in the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program.  Students who do not register for the course will not be allowed to take the examination.  Students who register are required to take the examination on the appointed day.  Students are encouraged to take the Comprehensive Examination during their next to last semester.

Comprehensive Examination Testing Procedure

The Comprehensive Examination measures the range of knowledge acquired by students in the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies by synthesizing the knowledge gained from the various courses taken and expressing these concepts in written format.  Examination dates are scheduled according to the school calendar and offered on that day on the Amridge University campus in Montgomery, Alabama.  Specific instructions for the comprehensive examination are as follows: The time allowed for taking the examination is seven hours, which includes one hour for lunch. Students are encouraged to bring lunch since they are not allowed to leave the facilities during testing hours.

1.    Students may bring to the examination unmarked (personal notes) Bible in any language, lexicons for the biblical language, and concordances of biblical texts.  Students who are anticipating translation of either a Hebrew or Greek text should bring the appropriate Hebrew or Greek text.

2.    Amridge University computers may be allowed in writing the examination.

3.    Amridge University provides the paper on which the student's answers are to be written.

 

Grading of the Comprehensive Exam

The Comprehensive Examination is graded in accordance with the following:

1.    Grading is on a "qualifying" (Q) “not qualifying" (NQ) basis.  At least two professors out of three must grade an examination as "qualifying" (Q).  Examinations may receive a "qualifying with distinction" (QD), if the readers determine that the examination warrants special recognition.

2.    The Dean of the Turner School of Theology assigns three professors to read the different Comprehensive Examinations on a blind basis.  This blind reading ensures that no professor knows the identity of the author of the examination being read nor the identity of the other professors who read the examination.

3.    When two readers assign the examination a "qualifying" (Q) or "not qualifying" (NQ) grade, the grading process has been completed.

4.    Should a student not qualify, that student may be allowed to sit for a retake examination at a date assigned by the Dean of the Turner School of Theology in consultation with the faculty.  Students who do not qualify in this retake examination must petition for a second retake.  Such students, if their petition is accepted, may be required to take an oral examination in accordance with number five below. 

5.    In certain precisely defined circumstances (such as failure of a retake examination) a student may be required to take an oral examination in lieu of the written format, if such an examination is necessary to ensure fairness to the student.

 

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

Before being graduated with the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    Earn a total of 60 graduate semester hours in the program of which at least 33 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University, if there is no Advanced Bible Placement applied. 

2.    Complete all required coursework for the degree;

3.    Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0;

4.    Pass the written Comprehensive Exam.  The Comprehensive Examination serves as the Program Exit Examination;

5.    Complete and have accepted by the department faculty a Thesis (RS 7302 and RS 7303) – Only for those students who have selected the “Thesis Option” under the guidance of their advisor;

6.    Complete the program residency requirement; and

7.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.

 

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN PRACTICAL MINISTRY

The Master of Arts (MA) in Practical Ministry is designed to prepare qualified persons to be effective Christian ministers and church leaders in proclaiming the gospel, strengthening the church, and serving humanity. It seeks to prepare students for the profession of ministry and for effective Christian service. The program is biblical in its orientation with reflection on theological studies including history, spiritual formation and how to minister in today’s culture. A strong focus of the program is practical ministry that is relevant to contemporary life.  Additionally, this program provides a foundation for students to pursue more advanced studies such as the Master of Divinity (MDiv) offered by Amridge University. The MA program is open to applicants who hold the BA or BS degree.

 

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry program the graduates will be able to:

1.    Reflect in a critical manner on the Christian mission to practice ministry in strengthening the church and serving humanity;

2.    Demonstrate skills in various methods of ministry relevant to contemporary culture in Christian service;

3.    Demonstrate an understanding of biblical and theological studies that provides the basis for various types of Christian ministry;

4.    Support a foundation for personal and spiritual growth that facilitates the edification of spiritual formation in others. . Seek admission into more advanced studies such as the MDiv degree based on a well- developed scholarly, theological, and reflective foundation.

These outcomes are assessed through a comprehensive examination.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade (i.e., ”Qualifying” or “Qualifying with Distinction”) for the comprehensive examination given for this degree. 

Applications for admission to the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry program will not be considered complete will not be considered complete until the following items are completed and submitted:

1.    Application with fee.

2.    Official transcript showing an earned 4 year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution.

If the applicant has not completed the last course(s) at another school for which he or she is registered at the time of filing his or her application with Amridge University, a partial transcript should be sent for evaluation.  The final transcript showing courses completed and any degree earned is required before the end of the first semester after initial matriculation.  No academic credit will be recorded on a student’s permanent record until all necessary credentials are received.

An earned Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally accredited institution.  Advanced Bible Placement of 15 semester hours can be obtained if the student has completed an undergraduate major in religious studies.  A student receiving Advanced Bible Placement would be required to take a minimum of semester hours to complete the degree option.  At least 45 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University to qualify for graduation for those receiving 15 semester hours of Advanced Bible Placement.  A student who does not have a major in religious studies on the undergraduate level must take the required 60 semester hours.

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Master of Arts in Practical Ministry may be completed in five semesters.  A student may take the courses on a part-time or full-time basis.

 

The Course Requirements of 60 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Arts in Practical Ministry consists of Research and Foundation Studies courses (15 semester hours), Biblical Studies courses (6 semester hours), Theological and Historical Studies courses (6 semester hours), Practical Ministry courses (27 semester hours), elective courses (6 semester hours), and one Comprehensive Examination.

 

Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry

Sem. Hrs.

Research and Foundation Studies Courses

 

  

FD 6302

Elementary Greek I *

9

 

 

FD 6303

Elementary Greek II *

 

 

 

FD 6304

Greek Reading I *

 

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

FD 6306

Elementary Hebrew I *

 

 

 

FD 6307

Elementary Hebrew II *

 

 

 

FD 6308

Hebrew Reading I *

 

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

FD 6360

Elementary Hebrew and Greek for Christian Ministry *

 

 

 

FD 6361

Hebrew Word Study *

 

 

 

FD 6362

Greek Word Study *

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FD 6312

Hermeneutics

3

 

 

RS 6339

Research and Evaluation

3

 

Total Research and Foundation Studies Hours for Masters Degree

15

 

 

 

 

 

Biblical Studies Courses

 

  

One textual course from the Old Testament

3

 

 

One textual course from the New Testament

3

 

Total Biblical Studies Hours for Masters Degree

6

 

 

 

 

 

Theological and Historical Studies Courses

 

  

TH 6310

Systematic Theology

3

 

 

TH 6326

Spirituality and Spiritual Formation

3

 

Total Theological and Historical Studies Hours for Masters Degree

6

 

 

 

 

 

Practical Ministry Courses

 

  

FT 7301

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

3

 

 

LD 6362

Spiritual Leadership

3

 

 

PS 6310

Personal Evangelism

3

 

 

PS 6311

Ministry and the Contemporary World

3

 

 

PS 6330

Internship in Ministry I

3

 

 

 

The student may choose four from the following nine courses in practical ministry:

12

 

 

LD 6353

Leadership Vision and Values

 

 

 

LD 6357

Organizational Communication

 

 

 

MS 6302

Introduction to Missiology

 

 

 

PS 6301

Christian Ministry

 

 

 

PS 6302 

Homiletics

 

 

 

PS 6303

Educational Program of the Local Church

 

 

 

PS 6306

Christian Marriage and Family Life

 

 

 

PS 6309

Introduction to Christian Counseling

 

 

 

PS 6312

Church Growth Through Bible School Evangelism

 

 

Total Practical Ministry Hours for Masters Degree

27

 

 

 

 

 

Elective Courses for the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry

 

  

Two courses from Biblical Studies (BI, NT, or OT), Theological and Historical Studies (TH), Practical Ministry (LD, MS or PS), OR biblical languages.

6

 

Total Elective Course Hours for Masters Degree

6

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive Examination for the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry

 

  

BI 7012

Comprehensive Examination for Master of Arts in Practical Ministry

0

 

Total Comprehensive Examination Hours for Masters Degree

0

 

 

 

 

 

**Total Hours for Masters Degree

60

 

 

*Options on Certain Courses: Students who have taken a course in undergraduate studies which is deemed to be similar in content to a course that is marked with an asterisk may substitute another course within the same discipline with permission of the Dean of Turner School of Theology.

 

**Advanced Bible Placement

Students who have a major in Bible or religious studies on the undergraduate level may receive, with the approval of the Dean of Turner School of Theology, up to 15 hours toward this degree – possibly reducing required hours total from 60 to 45 semester hours.

 

Comprehensive Examination Requirement

Students in the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry anticipating graduation must pass the comprehensive examination. 

Please see the Semester Class Schedule for the test dates.  All students in the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry program are required to take the comprehensive examination on the Amridge University Campus in Montgomery, Alabama.  Also, students must pass the comprehensive examination before graduating.  The specific content of the comprehensive examination is determined for each student in consultation with the faculty through the "professor in charge" that year.

Qualifications for the Comprehensive Examination

In order for students to qualify for the comprehensive examination they must be within nine credit hours of completing all the courses in the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry program.  Students who register are required to take the examination on the appointed day.  Students are encouraged to take the comprehensive examination during their next to last semester.

Comprehensive Examination Testing Procedure

The Comprehensive Examination measures the range of knowledge acquired by students in the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry by synthesizing the knowledge gained from the various courses taken and expressing these concepts in written format.  Examination dates are scheduled according to the school calendar and offered on that day on the Amridge University campus in Montgomery, Alabama.  Specific instructions for the comprehensive examination are as follows: (1) The time allowed for taking the examination is seven hours, which includes one hour for lunch.  Students are encouraged to bring lunch since they are not allowed to leave the facilities during testing hours.  (2) Students may bring to the examination unmarked (personal notes) bible(s) in any language, lexicons for the biblical language, and concordances of biblical texts.  Students who are anticipating translation of either a Hebrew or Greek text should bring the appropriate Hebrew or Greek text.  (3) Amridge University computers may be allowed in writing the examination.  (4) Amridge University provides the paper on which the student's answers are to be written.

Grading of the Comprehensive Exam

The Comprehensive Examination is graded in accordance with the following:

1.    Grading is on a "qualifying" (Q) “not qualifying" (NQ) basis.  At least two professors out of three must grade an examination as "qualifying" (Q).  Examinations may receive a "qualifying with distinction" (QD), if the readers determine that the examination warrants special recognition.

2.    Dean of the Turner School of Theology assigns three professors to read the different Comprehensive Examinations on a blind basis.  This blind reading ensures that no professor knows the identity of the author of the examination being read nor the identity of the other professors who read the examination.

3.    When two readers assign the examination a "qualifying" (Q) or "not qualifying" (NQ) grade, the grading process has been completed.

4.    Should a student not qualify, that student may be allowed to sit for a retake examination at a date assigned by the Dean of the Turner School of Theology in consultation with the faculty.  Students who do not qualify in this retake examination must petition for a second retake.  Such students, if their petition is accepted, may be required to take an oral examination in accordance with number five below. 

5.    In certain precisely defined circumstances (such as failure of a retake examination) a student may be required to take an oral examination in lieu of the written format, if such an examination is necessary to ensure fairness to the student.

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry

Before being graduated with the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    A total of 60 graduate semester hours of which at least 33 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University, if there is no Advanced Bible Placement applied. 

2.    Complete all required coursework for the degree;

3.    Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0;

4.    Pass the Comprehensive Exam.  Students must register for BI 7012 Comprehensive Exam for Master of Arts in Practical Ministry to prepare for the exam.  The Comprehensive Examination serves as the Program Exit Examination;

5.    Complete the program residency requirement; and

6.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.

 

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF DIVINITY IN MINISTERIAL LEADERSHIP

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Ministerial Leadership is a professional-level degree program for individuals planning to enter or continue careers in full-time ministry.  A major element of this program provides students with extensive studies in the biblical text and thorough preparation in theology and various areas of practical ministry.  Through completion of this program, graduates will be able to conduct their ministry at the highest level of professional competence and communicate in a manner that is intellectually articulate.  Also, graduates will be committed to, and effective in, evangelism.  Finally, graduates of the MDiv in Ministerial Leadership will be able to conduct themselves and relate to others in a way that is spiritually mature and morally sensitive.

Advanced Bible Placement of 15 HoursStudents who have a major in religious studies on the undergraduate level will receive 15 semester hours Advanced Bible Placement – reducing required degree total from 90 to 75 semester hours.  Note: Hebrew and/or Greek languages are recommended in the MDiv program, but not required.

Upon completion of the Master of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership Program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Prepare to enter or continue a career in full-time ministry at the highest level;

2.    Learn extensive principles from the text of the Bible and practical ways to lead Christian ministry;

3.    Implement principles of evangelism, edification, and benevolence.

4.    Communicate in an effective manner; and

5.    Practice spiritual maturity and moral sensitivity to people in need. 

These outcomes are assessed through a comprehensive examination.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade (i.e., ”Qualifying” or “Qualifying with Distinction”) for the comprehensive examination given for this degree. 

 

Applications for admission to the Master of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership program will not be considered complete will not be considered complete until the following items are completed and submitted:

1.    Application with fee.

2.    Official transcript showing an earned 4 year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution.

If the applicant has not completed the last course(s) at another school for which he or she is registered at the time of filing his or her application with Amridge University, a partial transcript should be sent for evaluation.  The final transcript showing courses completed and any degree earned is required before the end of the first semester after initial matriculation.  No academic credit will be recorded on a student’s permanent record until all necessary credentials are received.

3.    Advanced Bible Placement of 15 semester hours can be obtained if the student has completed an undergraduate major in religious studies.  A student receiving Advanced Bible Placement would be required to take 75 semester hours to complete the degree option (assuming that no transferable graduate credits can be considered beyond the under­graduate degree).  Then all 75 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University to qualify for graduation for those receiving 15 semester hours of Advanced Bible Placement.  Note: If another accredited insti­tution has given you Advanced Bible Placement applied toward a completed Master's degree (e.g. MAR- nonthesis), then Amridge University will not re-apply these to our MDiv degree.

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Master of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership may be completed in about three years.  A student may take the courses on a part-time or full-time basis.

Required Courses for the Master of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership

The Course Requirements of 90 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership consists of program specific courses (54 semester hours) and elective courses (36 semester hours).

 

Required Courses for the Master of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership

Sem. Hrs.

  

FD 6312

Hermeneutics

3

 

 

FD 7323

Synthesis of Theological Curriculum II

3

 

 

FT 7301

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

3

 

 

LD 6351

Leadership Foundations

3

 

 

LD 6353

Leadership Vision and Values

3

 

 

LD 6357

Organizational Communication

3

 

 

LD 6358

Theories of Motivational Leadership

3

 

 

LD 6360

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

3

 

 

LD 6362

Spiritual Leadership

3

 

 

NT 6301

Critical Introduction to the New Testament

3

 

 

NT 6312

The Life and Teachings of Christ

3

 

 

NT 6320

The Book of Acts

3

 

 

OT 6301

Critical Introduction to the Old Testament

3

 

 

PS 6302

Homiletics

3

 

 

PS 6310

Personal Evangelism

3

 

 

RS 6339

Research and Evaluation

3

 

 

TH 6310

Systematic Theology

3

 

 

TH 6320

Christian Evidences

3

 

Total Required Hours for Masters Degree

54

 

 

 

 

 

Elective Courses for the Master of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership

 

  

General Electives: Can include courses in Leadership, Languages, and Textual courses

18

 

 

Professional Studies, Missions, and Counseling courses

9

 

 

Foundation Studies

6

 

 

Theological Studies

3

 

Total Elective Hours for Masters Degree

36

 

 

 

 

 

**Total Hours for Masters Degree

90

 

 

**Advanced Bible Placement

Students who have a major in religious studies on the undergraduate level will receive Advanced Bible Placement – reducing required degree total from 90 to 75 semester hours.

 

NOTE:

Hebrew and/or Greek languages are recommended in the MDiv program, but not required. These can be taken as foundation studies or general electives.

Comprehensive Examination Requirement

All Master of Divinity students anticipating graduation must pass the Comprehensive Examination.  In order to take the exam one must register for the course "Synthesis of Theological Curriculum II."  (FD 7323). 

Please see the Semester Class Schedule for the test dates.  All Master of Divinity students are required to take the Comprehensive Examination on the Amridge University Campus in Montgomery, Alabama.  Also, all Master of Divinity students must pass the Comprehensive Examination before graduating.  The specific content of the Comprehensive Examination is determined for each student in consultation with the faculty through the "professor in charge" that year. 

Qualifications for the Comprehensive Examination

In order for students to qualify for the Comprehensive Examination they must be within nine credit hours of completing all course work in the Master of Divinity program.  Additionally, students must then register for the course “Synthesis of Theological Curriculum II.”  Students who do not register for the course will not be allowed to take the examination.  Students who register are required to take the examination on the appointed day.  Students are encouraged to take the Comprehensive Examination during their next to last semester.

Comprehensive Examination Testing Procedure

The Comprehensive Examination measures the range of knowledge acquired by Master of Divinity students by synthesizing the knowledge gained from the various courses taken and expressing these concepts in written format.  Examination dates are scheduled according to the school calendar and offered on that day on the Amridge University campus in Montgomery, Alabama.  Specific instructions for the comprehensive examination are as follows: (1) The time allowed for taking the examination is seven hours, which includes one hour for lunch.  Students are encouraged to bring lunch since they are not allowed to leave the facilities during testing hours.  (2) Students may bring to the examination unmarked (personal notes) bible(s) in any language, lexicons for the biblical language, and concordances of biblical texts.  Students who are anticipating translation of either a Hebrew or Greek text should bring the appropriate Hebrew or Greek text.  (3) Amridge University computers may be allowed in writing the examination.  (4) Amridge University provides the paper on which the student's answers are to be written.

Grading of the Comprehensive Exam

The Comprehensive Examination is graded in accordance with the following:

1.    Grading is on a "qualifying" (Q) “not qualifying" (NQ) basis.  At least two professors out of three must grade an examination as "qualifying" (Q).  Examinations may receive a "qualifying with distinction" (QD), if the readers determine that the examination warrants special recognition.

2.    The Vice President of Academic Affairs assigns three professors to read the different Comprehensive Examinations on a blind basis.  This blind reading ensures that no professor knows the identity of the author of the examination being read nor the identity of the other professors who read the examination.

3.    When two readers assign the examination a "qualifying" (Q) or "not qualifying" (NQ) grade, the grading process has been completed.

4.    Should a student not qualify, that student may be allowed to sit for a retake examination at a date assigned by the Vice President of Academic Affairs in consultation with the faculty.  Students who do not qualify in this retake examination must petition for a second retake.  Such students, if their petition is accepted, may be required to take an oral examination in accordance with number five below. 

5.    In certain precisely defined circumstances (such as failure of a retake examination) a student may be required to take an oral examination in lieu of the written format, if such an examination is necessary to ensure fairness to the student.

 

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership

Before being graduated with the Master of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    A total of 90 graduate semester hours of which at least 48 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University, if there is no Advanced Bible Placement applied. If 15 hours of Advanced Bible Placement are applied, 33 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University. Also, any possible transfer of graduate credits taken from another regionally accredited institution must be agreed upon by the end of the first enrolled semester at Amridge University;

2.    Complete all required coursework for the degree;

3.    Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0;

4.    Students who expect to pursue further graduate study beyond this degree should maintain a 3.0 GPA;

5.    Pass the respective Comprehensive Examination as specified within this publication.  The Comprehensive Examination serves as the Program Exit Examination; and

6.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.

 

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF DIVINITY

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree prepares qualified persons to be effective Christian ministers and church leaders who will use their gifts and knowledge in proclaiming the gospel, strengthening the church, and serving humanity. The program seeks to prepare students for professions in ministry and further opportunities by preparation for admission to more advanced studies such as the Master of Divinity degree program. The Master of Divinity is biblical in orientation with exposure to theological and historical studies.

The program is designed to prepare students for professions in ministry and for further opportunities by preparation for admission to the Doctor of Ministry or other advanced studies. The curriculum and experience in this program promote effective Christian service that is scholarly; yet, practical and relevant to contemporary life for the communities in which graduates will serve. Students in the MDiv degree program will be mentored in ways to conduct themselves and to relate to others that is spiritually mature and morally sensitive.

 

Upon completion of the Master of Divinity program the graduates will be able to:

1.    Demonstrate effective preparation for Christian ministry and leadership responsibilities in congregations and other settings

2.    Use the biblical text and theological and historical studies to enrich the spiritual life of others

3.    Develop the skills to minister in an effective manner in the culture in which the graduate must live

4.    Support the means by which one may grow morally and spiritually, and by which one may lead others in positive spiritual formation in the likeness of Jesus Christ

5.    Develop the scholarly, theological and reflective foundation that will provide the basis for admission into more advanced studies such as the DMin degree.

These outcomes are assessed through a comprehensive examination.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade (i.e., ”Qualifying” or “Qualifying with Distinction”) for the comprehensive examination given for this degree. 

Applications for admission to the Master of Divinity program Applications will not be considered complete will not be considered complete until the following items are completed and submitted:

1.    Application with fee.

2.    Official transcript showing an earned 4 year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution.

If the applicant has not completed the last course(s) at another school for which he or she is registered at the time of filing his or her application with Amridge University, a partial transcript should be sent for evaluation.  The final transcript showing courses completed and any degree earned is required before the end of the first semester after initial matriculation.  No academic credit will be recorded on a student’s permanent record until all necessary credentials are received.

3.    An earned Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally accredited institutionAdvanced Bible Placement of 15 semester hours can be obtained if the student has completed an undergraduate major in religious studies.  A student receiving Advanced Bible Placement would be required to take 75 semester hours to complete the degree option (assuming that no transferable graduate credits can be considered beyond the undergraduate degree).  Then all 75 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University to qualify for graduation for those receiving 15 semester hours of Advanced Bible Placement.  Note: If another accredited institution has given you Advanced Bible Placement applied toward a completed Master's degree (e.g. MAR-nonthesis), then Amridge University will not re-apply these to our MDiv degree.

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Master of Divinity may be completed in three years.  A student may take courses on a part-time or full-time basis.

The Course Requirements of 90 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Divinity consists of Research and Foundation Studies courses (15 semester hours), Biblical Studies courses (18 semester hours), Theological and Historical Studies courses (18 semester hours), Ministry courses (24 semester hours), elective courses (15 semester hours), and one Comprehensive Examination.

 

Required Courses for the Master of Divinity

Sem. Hrs.

Research and Foundation Studies Courses

 

  

FD 6302

Elementary Greek I *

9

 

 

FD 6303

Elementary Greek II *

 

 

 

FD 6304

Greek Reading I *

 

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

FD 6306

Elementary Hebrew I *

 

 

 

FD 6307

Elementary Hebrew II *

 

 

 

FD 6308

Hebrew Reading I *

 

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

FD 6360

Elementary Hebrew and Greek for Christian Ministry *

 

 

 

FD 6361

Hebrew Word Study *

 

 

 

FD 6362

Greek Word Study *

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FD 6312

Hermeneutics

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RS 6339

Research and Evaluation (for prospective DMin students via the MDiv)

3

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

RS 6310

Introduction to Biblical Related Research

 

 

Total Research and Foundation Studies Hours for Masters Degree

15

 

 

 

 

 

Biblical Studies Courses

 

  

NT 6301

Critical Introduction to the New Testament *

3

 

 

OT 6301

Critical Introduction to the Old Testament *

3

 

 

Two textual courses from the Old Testament

6

 

 

Two textual courses from the New Testament

6

 

Total Biblical Studies Hours for Masters Degree

18

 

 

 

 

 

Theological and Historical Studies Courses

 

  

TH 6310

Systematic Theology

3

 

 

TH 6326

Spirituality and Spiritual Formation

3

 

 

One class in church history (TH 6300, TH 6303, or TH 6304)

3

 

 

One class in history of doctrine (TH 6301, TH 6302, or TH 6307)

3

 

 

One class in systematic theology OR ethics (TH 6311, TH 6318, TH 6321, TH 6322, TH 6325, TH 6327, TH 6330, or TH 6338)

3

 

 

One class in apologetics OR philosophy of religion (TH 6316, TH 6317, TH 6319, TH 6320, TH 6323, TH 6324, or TH 6328)

3

 

Total Theological and Historical Studies Hours for Masters Degree

18

 

 

 

 

 

Ministry Courses

 

  

FT 7301

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

3

 

 

LD 6362

Spiritual Leadership

3

 

 

PS 6310

Personal Evangelism

3

 

 

PS 6311

Ministry and the Contemporary World

3

 

 

PS 6330

Internship in Ministry I

3

 

 

PS 6331

Internship in Ministry II

3

 

 

 

The student may choose two practical ministry courses from the following:

6

 

 

LD 6353

Leadership Vision and Values

 

 

 

LD 6357

Organizational Communication

 

 

 

MS 6302

Introduction to Missiology

 

 

 

PS 6301

Christian Ministry

 

 

 

PS 6302 

Homiletics

 

 

 

PS 6303

Educational Program of the Local Church

 

 

 

PS 6306

Christian Marriage and Family Life

 

 

 

PS 6309

Introduction to Christian Counseling

 

 

 

PS 6312

Church Growth Through Bible School Evangelism

 

 

 

RS 6345

Quantitative and Qualitative Methodology (Students who plan to advance to the DMin degree program are strongly urged to take RS 6345 Quantitative and Qualitative Methodology as one of the two choices OR as an elective.)

 

 

Total Ministry Hours for Masters Degree

24

 

 

 

 

 

Elective Courses for the Master of Divinity

 

  

Five courses from Biblical Studies (BI, NT, or OT), Theological and Historical Studies (TH), Practical Ministry (LD, MS or PS), OR biblical languages.

15

 

Total Elective Course Hours for Masters Degree

15

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive Examination for the Master of Divinity

 

  

BI 7015

Comprehensive Examination for Master of Divinity

0

 

Total Comprehensive Examination Hours for Masters Degree

0

 

 

 

 

 

**Total Hours for Masters Degree

90

 

 

*Options on Certain Courses: Students who have taken a course in undergraduate studies which is deemed to be similar in content to a course that is marked with an asterisk may substitute another course within the same discipline with permission of the Dean of Turner School of Theology.

 

**Advanced Bible Placement

Students who have a major in religious studies on the undergraduate level may receive, with the approval of the Dean of the Turner School of Theology, Advanced Bible Placement – possibly reducing required degree total from 90 to 75 semester hours.

 

NOTE:

Hebrew and/or Greek languages are recommended in the MDiv program, but not required. These can be taken as foundation studies or general electives.

 

Comprehensive Examination Requirement

All Master of Divinity students anticipating graduation must pass the Comprehensive Examination.  In order to take the exam one must register for the course BI 7051 Comprehensive Examination for Master of Divinity. 

Please see the Semester Course Schedule for the test dates.  All Master of Divinity students are required to take the Comprehensive Examination on the Amridge University Campus in Montgomery, Alabama.  Also, all Master of Divinity students must pass the Comprehensive Examination before graduating.  The specific content of the Comprehensive Examination is determined for each student in consultation with the faculty through the "professor in charge" that year. 

Qualifications for the Comprehensive Examination

In order for students to qualify for the Comprehensive Examination they must be within nine credit hours of completing all course work in the Master of Divinity program.  Additionally, students must then register for the course BI 7051 Comprehensive Examination for Master of Divinity.  Students who do not register for the course will not be allowed to take the examination.  Students who register are required to take the examination on the appointed day.  Students are encouraged to take the Comprehensive Examination during their next to last semester.

Comprehensive Examination Testing Procedure

The Comprehensive Examination measures the range of knowledge acquired by Master of Divinity students by synthesizing the knowledge gained from the various courses taken and expressing these concepts in written format.  Examination dates are scheduled according to the school calendar and offered on that day on the Amridge University campus in Montgomery, Alabama.  Specific instructions for the comprehensive examination are as follows: (1) The time allowed for taking the examination is seven hours, which includes one hour for lunch.  Students are encouraged to bring lunch since they are not allowed to leave the facilities during testing hours.  (2) Students may bring to the examination unmarked (personal notes) bible(s) in any language, lexicons for the biblical language, and concordances of biblical texts.  Students who are anticipating translation of either a Hebrew or Greek text should bring the appropriate Hebrew or Greek text.  (3) Amridge University computers may be allowed in writing the examination.  (4) Amridge University provides the paper on which the student's answers are to be written.

Grading of the Comprehensive Exam

The Comprehensive Examination is graded in accordance with the following:

1.    Grading is on a "qualifying" (Q) “not qualifying" (NQ) basis.  At least two professors out of three must grade an examination as "qualifying" (Q).  Examinations may receive a "qualifying with distinction" (QD), if the readers determine that the examination warrants special recognition.

2.    The Dean of the Turner School of Theology assigns three professors to read the different Comprehensive Examinations on a blind basis.  This blind reading ensures that no professor knows the identity of the author of the examination being read nor the identity of the other professors who read the examination.

3.    When two readers assign the examination a "qualifying" (Q) or "not qualifying" (NQ) grade, the grading process has been completed.

4.    Should a student not qualify, that student may be allowed to sit for a retake examination at a date assigned by the Dean of the Turner School of Theology in consultation with the faculty.  Students who do not qualify in this retake examination must petition for a second retake.  Such students, if their petition is accepted, may be required to take an oral examination in accordance with number five below. 

5.    In certain precisely defined circumstances (such as failure of a retake examination) a student may be required to take an oral examination in lieu of the written format, if such an examination is necessary to ensure fairness to the student.

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Divinity

Before being graduated with the Master of Divinity, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    A total of 90 graduate semester hours of which at least 48 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University, if there is no Advanced Bible Placement applied. If 15 hours of Advanced Bible Placement are applied, 33 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University. Also, any possible transfer of graduate credits taken from another accredited institution must be agreed upon by the end of the first enrolled semester at Amridge University;

2.    Complete all required coursework for the degree;

3.    Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0;

4.    Pass the written Comprehensive Exam.  Students must register for FD 7323 – Synthesis of Theological Curriculum II to prepare for the exam.  The Comprehensive Examination serves as the Program Exit Examination;

5.    Complete the program residency requirement; and

6.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DOCTOR OF MINISTRY

Amridge University offers the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree program to qualified persons who are currently engaged in ministry. The goal of the DMin program is to develop effective Christian ministers by combining theological reflection with continued spiritual growth which leads to greater competence in ministerial skills. Students can use this degree to increase their general effectiveness in ministry or to tailor their abilities toward a particular specialty. The Amridge University program utilizes the candidate’s own work setting as a primary learning resource. Much of the course work involves in-service projects of direct benefit to the candidate’s ministry. The intent is to integrate these dimensions into a working totality for each minister. Integration at many levels is one of the important features of the program: of religion and contemporary life, of professional work and personal life, and of Scripture and theology all into the practice of ministry.

Class time provides occasions for disciplined study, critical reflection, and evaluation on ministry issues. Group interaction among peers aids this important process. The faculty will cultivate and encourage interaction that will promote openness, caring, and growth in the Christian ministry.

The DMin is distinguished from the MDiv in that it demands a higher level of competence, more extensive analytical skills, and greater ability to do practical and thorough research related to ministry. The DMin is distinguished from a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a Doctor of Theology (ThD) in that it focuses specifically on excellence in practical ministry rather than academic research and languages.

Upon completion of the Doctor of Ministry Program the graduates will be able to:

1.    Enhance ministry skills to more effectively lead in various roles in a church setting;

2.    Demonstrate the ability to integrate theology and Scripture into an effective ministry;

3.    Research issues in congregational ministry and provide scholarly analysis of those issues and innovative solutions of them;

4.    Demonstrate the ability to understand the needs of the contemporary church and develop a vision and a plan to meet those needs;

5.    Show personal spiritual growth as a Christian minister and leader, developing attitudes and values appropriate to a life of Christian faith and practice

These outcomes are assessed in Research Dissertation Module IV.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the Research Dissertation Module IV.

Applications for admission to the Doctor of Ministry program will not be considered complete until all of the following nine items are properly completed and submitted:

1.    Application with fee.

2.    Official transcript showing an earned Graduate degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution. Must have a Master of Divinity Degree or equivalent from an accredited institution with GPA on previous graduate work of 3.0.  Applicants to the Doctor of Ministry program who have not earned a Master of Divinity Degree must have course work equivalent to a Master of Divinity Degree with a 3.0 GPA.  The applicant may have to take additional course requirements to be accepted into the program;

Applicants for whom English is a second language must provide documented evidence of English proficiency in one of two ways:

1.    A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or

2.    A score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) per the following:

Graduate—minimum total score of 79, with minimum scores for reading and listening increased to “high” levels.

Reading (high)                                                        22

Listening (high)                                                       22

Speaking (fair)                                                        18

Writing (fair)                                                            17

3.    Writing Sample (e.g. Career Monograph, Published Journal Article, Term paper from master’s degree or doctoral dissertation or other applicable writing sample) Applicant must submit a paper or thesis from the master's degree level or doctoral dissertation that is written in accordance with a style manual generally accepted by colleges and universities.  The writing sample must have been written solely by the applicant and should reflect the applicant's research and academic writing skills.  Ideally, the term paper shall contain grade marks by the course instructor.

4.    Interview of the applicant.

The assigned Amridge University faculty interviewer will arrange an interview with the applicant – this may be done by telephone.

During the admissions process, the preceding admissions requirements will be reviewed by an Amridge University Chairperson and Doctoral Acceptance Committee.

 

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Doctor of Ministry may be completed in approximately 3 years.  A student may take courses on a part-time or full-time basis.

 

Approval by Institutional Review Board

Faculty members or students conducting research in association with Amridge University, including research for dissertations, master’s theses or other studies must have prior approval of the Institution Review Board (IRB).  Students must receive approval from the IRB prior to completion of dissertation Module II or Master’s Thesis Part I.

The purpose of Amridge University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to insure that the use and treatment of human subjects participating in research associated with this University is ethical and in compliance with established standards.  Although researchers are ultimately responsible for the ethical treatment of their human subjects, it is the policy of Amridge University that all faculty members conducting research associated with this University involving human subjects must receive approval from the (IRB) before commencing their projects or beginning data collection.  This requirement also applies to student researchers who are collecting data under the supervision of a faculty member.  Students engaged in projects for theses, dissertations, independent research courses, or faculty-student collaborations which involve human subjects must seek IRB approval through their thesis or dissertation committee chairperson.  The IRB may require a background check of the investigator before approving a research plan involving research subjects who are minors.

 

Required Courses for the Doctor of Ministry

The Course Requirements of 36 semester credit hours for the degree program Doctor of Ministry consists of program specific courses (24 semester hours), a Qualifying Examination (0 semester hours), and Dissertation courses (12 semester hours).

 

Required Courses for the Doctor of Ministry

Sem. Hrs.

  

DM 9301

Ministry in the DMin Setting
(Required on campus residency. Must be taken within the first 9 semester hours of the program.)

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DM 9302

Ministry and Theology

3

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

DM 9310

The Prophets and Prophetic Ministry of the Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DM 9323

Ministry in the World of Science, Philosophy and Religion

3

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

DM 9303

Ministry and the Contemporary World

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DM 9305

The Ministry and Worship

3

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

DM 9312

Church Growth and Membership Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DM 9306

The Minister and Preaching Christian Doctrine

3

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

DM 9314

The Minister and Homiletics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DM 9309

The Minister’s Message of Salvation

3

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

DM 9311

The Minister and Missiology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DM 9308

Ministry and Controversial Issues

3

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

DM 9313

The Minister and Leadership

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DM 9304

Ministry to Individuals and Families

3

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

DM 9327

Psychology of Religion

 

 

Total Required Hours for Doctoral Degree

24

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifying Examination for the Doctor of Ministry

 

 

DM 9051

Qualifying Examination for Doctor of Ministry

0

 

Total Qualifying Examination Hours for Doctoral Degree

0

 

 

 

 

 

Research Dissertation Modules for the Doctor of Ministry

 

 

RS 9340

Research Dissertation Module I

3

 

 

RS 9341

Research Dissertation Module II

3

 

 

RS 9342

Research Dissertation Module III

3

 

 

RS 9343

Research Dissertation Module IV

3

 

Total Research Dissertation Module Hours for Doctoral Degree

12

 

 

 

 

 

Total Hours for Doctoral Degree

36

 

Residency Requirement

The faculty and administration of the Amridge University Turner School of Theology strongly adhere to the tenet that an advanced program of study of this nature must have opportunities for students to participate in a comprehensive community of faculty and peers that include provisions for one-on-one and group interaction over time. 

The format of the Doctor of Ministry makes use of both traditional classroom lecture and distance learning technology.  Students must come to campus for one, 5 day seminar: (1) DM 9301 Ministry in the DMin Setting.  In addition, the student must come to the Montgomery Campus for the a qualifying examination, which must be passed before continuation to the dissertation module.

 

Dissertation Committee

A Dissertation Committee shall be appointed near the time that the student enrolls in the first dissertation module, RS 9340 Research Dissertation Module I. The Dissertation Committee shall be appointed by the Dean of the Turner School of Theology with the approval of the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The student may request specific individuals to be appointed to the Dissertation Committee.  A minimum of two signatory members of the Dissertation Committee shall have a doctorate in a field related to ministry.  The Committee shall establish protocol for communication among the Committee members.  Each dissertation module and the final total dissertation shall be approved by the Committee Chairperson, the Reader, the Dissertation Secretary, the Dean and the Vice President of Academic Affairs before a grade is assigned for the module.  The Committee Chairperson shall be the instructor of record for the dissertation modules.

 

Dissertation Modules

The dissertation is to be completed through a sequence of dissertation module courses.  The minimum sequence involves Research Dissertation Module I, Research Dissertation Module II, Research Dissertation Module III, and Research Dissertation Module IV.  The sequence may also involve module continuation courses.  A Research Dissertation Module First Continuation and a Research Dissertation Module Second Continuation course are available for each module level if the student does not complete all requirements for a given module in one semester.

 

A student must achieve “Candidacy Status” prior to enrolling in a dissertation Module.  After beginning the dissertation the student must enroll in a dissertation module course or dissertation module continuation course each semester until completion of the dissertation, unless prior written approval is obtained from the Dissertation Committee.  The dissertation modules must be completed in sequence. The student must be enrolled in a dissertation module to receive significant assistance from members of the dissertation committee. 

 

A student who fails to enroll in a dissertation course in a succeeding semester, unless prior written approval is obtained from the Dissertation Committee, will be removed from the program.  An individual so removed from the program may submit an appeal to the Appeals Committee for consideration of readmission to the program.  

Allowable Grades for a Dissertation Module course are:

§  P for pass if all requirements of the module have been met, IP for in-progress if satisfactory progress, as specified below, has been made but not all module requirements have been met, or F for failure if satisfactory progress has not been made.

§  The IP for a Dissertation Module course is a permanent grade.  Students receiving a grade of IP on a dissertation module must register for and pay tuition and fees for the appropriate Dissertation Module First Continuation course to complete requirements for the dissertation module.  Tuition and fees, including the Dissertation Lab Fee, will be charged for this course.

 

Allowable Grades for a Dissertation Module First Continuation course are:

§  P for pass if all requirements of the module have been met,

§  IP for in-progress if satisfactory progress, as specified below, has been made but not all module requirements have been met, or F for failure if satisfactory progress has not been made.

 

Students receiving a grade of IP on Dissertation Module First Continuation course must register for and pay tuition and fees for the appropriate Dissertation Module Second Continuation course to complete requirements for the dissertation module.  Tuition and fees, including the Dissertation Lab Fee, will be charged for this credit course.

 

Allowable Grades for a Dissertation Module Second Continuation courses are:

§  P for pass if all requirements of the module have been met, or

§  F for failure if all requirements of the module have not been met.

 

A student who receives a grade of F for any dissertation module, dissertation module first continuation course or dissertation module second continuation course will be removed from the program.  An individual so removed from the program may submit an appeal to the Appeals Committee for consideration of readmission to the program.

The Appeals Committee shall consult with the student’s Dissertation Committee in considering the appeal. 

 

Requirements for Dissertation Module Courses

See the section titled Requirements for Dissertation Module Courses for the Doctor of Ministry and Doctor Philosophy Programs under Section 16 – Course Description of this version of the Amridge University Academic Catalog.

 

Graduation Requirements for the Doctor of Ministry

Before being graduated with the Doctor of Ministry, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    Complete 36 graduate hours of the approved curriculum;

2.    All of the above graduate semester hours must be from Amridge University;

3.    Complete all required coursework for the degree;

4.    Complete all program residency requirements;

5.    Submit and gain faculty approval of dissertation proposal appropriate to the student’s area of specialization and research competency;

6.    Research Dissertation Module IV serves as the Program Exit Examination.  The student must receive a passing grade in the Research Dissertation Module IV in order to graduate;

7.    Maintain a 3.0 in all courses taken at Amridge University; and

8.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.

 

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN BIBLICAL STUDIES

The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Biblical Studies with degree concentrations in the Old Testament or the New Testament is to equip students for academic teaching, research, and for producing scholarly, creative writing in the fields of Old Testament and New Testament. Students select one of these two fields as a concentration, while conducting significant study in the other testament is obviously the minor. They will take a comprehensive examination and write a dissertation, both of which will reflect the area of concentration. The program is specifically oriented toward preparing students to teach Bible and biblical languages in universities, seminaries, theological schools, and colleges; to teach in related academic fields at the college level; to become a specialist in scholarly biblical teaching in one’s ministerial practice; and to produce scholarly writing. This Biblical Studies program should equip students with the aptitude necessary to bring critical skills to the biblical text; to analyze, interpret, and explain the text; and to express insights and conclusions in scholarly writing.

There are 10 core courses of the 20 required courses in the PhD in Biblical Studies which address areas such as biblical archaeology, the world of the Bible, theology, doctrine, critical interpretation of the Bible, ethics, linguistics, etymology, the authority of the Bible, exegesis, and the origin and history of the Scriptures. These core courses provide students with essential research tools and assess the methods of critical scholarship. The six Old and New Testament textual courses in this program will use the latest Hebrew or Greek editions of the Old and New Testaments. The other four courses deal directly with the writing of the dissertation.

Other requirements within these concentrations are as follows:

1.    Old Testament Concentration

A student may elect the concentration in Old Testament studies.  The primary goal of this concentration is the development of a comprehensive knowledge of the Old Testament and related subjects.  This Old Testament emphasis encompasses a study of ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, History and Religion (with an emphasis on Israel and its neighbors), Old Testament Theology, and textual courses with Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia as the primary source.  A total of 33 required semester hours would be in the field of Old Testament study (this includes 9 semester hours in the core courses, 12 hours in textual courses and 12 hours in the dissertation); additionally there will be 15 hours in New Testament study; and 12 more hours in studies related to both Testaments. 

2.    New Testament Concentration

A student may elect the concentration in New Testament studies.  The primary goal of this concentration is a development of a comprehensive knowledge of the New Testament and related studies.  The New Testament concentration encompasses a study of Archaeology, History and Religion of the Hellenistic Age (with an emphasis on Palestine), New Testament Theology, and textual courses which make use of the best editions of the Greek New Testament.  A total of 33 required semester hours would be in the field of New Testament study (this includes 9 hours in the core courses, 12 hours in textual courses and 12 hours in the dissertation); additionally there will be 15 semester hours in Old Testament study; and 12 semester hours in studies related to both Testaments.

 

Upon completion of the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies program the graduates will be able to:

1.    Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the field of biblical studies and a working knowledge of related academic disciplines, such as theology and history;

2.    Apply the biblical text in the original languages and to exegete it in a scholarly manner;

3.    Engage competently in original research and writing that advances the understanding of the biblical text for the sake of academy, church, and society in order to enrich the spiritual life of others.

4.    Support a sense of and a commitment to the vocation of biblical scholarship in its dimensions of learning, research, and teaching.

A student will demonstrate achievement of the program outcomes by receiving a passing grade in dissertation Module IV.

 

The PhD in Biblical Studies is a rigorous research-oriented study of 60 semester hours beyond Amridge University’s Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. The doctoral acceptance committee, which is chaired by the dean of the Turner School of Theology, will examine the student’s transcripts to identify any necessary prerequisite courses.

Minimum Prerequisite Courses Required for Either Concentration 

FD 6308 Hebrew Readings I (2nd year)

FD 6309 Hebrew Readings II (2nd year)

FD 6304 Greek Readings I (2nd year)

FD 6305 Greek Readings II (2nd Year)

 

Upon completion of the PhD in Biblical Studies, the student will be prepared to teach academic courses in biblical studies, biblical languages, and related subjects and will be skilled to engage in productive, original research.  The student will also be equipped for higher-level service to the church universal.  Also, furthermore, the graduate will be able to teach in related programs at the university-level.

Applications for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies program will not be considered complete until all of the following items are properly completed and submitted:

1.    Application with fee.

2.     Official transcript showing an earned Graduate degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution in a related field with a 3.0 GPA.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must provide documented evidence of English proficiency in one of two ways:

1.    A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or

2.    A score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) per the following:

Graduate—minimum total score of 79, with minimum scores for reading and listening increased to “high” levels.

Reading (high).......................................... 22

Listening (high)......................................... 22

Speaking (fair).......................................... 18

Writing (fair).............................................. 17

3.    Writing Sample (e.g. Career Monograph, Published Journal Article, Term paper from master’s degree or doctoral dissertation or other applicable writing sample) Applicant must submit a paper or thesis from the master's degree level or doctoral dissertation that is written in accordance with a style manual generally accepted by colleges and universities.  The writing sample must have been written solely by the applicant and should reflect the applicant's research and academic writing skills.  Ideally, the term paper shall contain grade marks by the course instructor.

4.    Interview of the applicant.

The assigned Amridge University faculty interviewer will arrange an interview with the applicant – this may be done by telephone.

 

Language Requirement

Amridge Universitys’s Turner School of Theology PhD degree programs require that "students shall be required to use competently the language(s) in which relevant primary texts are written, as well as those in which there is important secondary material."

Applicants for the PhD in Biblical Studies should have coursework at the master's or undergraduate degree level in Hebrew and Greek, and an approved secondary language, such as Aramaic, Latin, German, French, etc.  The Old Testament and New Testament textual courses incorporate an exegesis of the ancient Hebrew and Greek texts with the assistance of a useful secondary language.

Students who are deficient in these language skills will be required to take additional leveling courses to improve their language skills.  Students will be required to pass proficiency exams in three languages.  Students must pass the Hebrew language proficiency exam prior to registering for Old Testament textual courses. Students must pass the Greek language proficiency exam prior to registering for New Testament textual courses.  Additionally, the student must pass the proficiency exam for an approved secondary language for the student’s major (Old Testament or New Testament) prior to registering for textual courses in the student’s major.

Asterisk grades shall not be allowed for a language proficiency examination registration (course).  The allowable grades for a language proficiency examination registration are P, IP, or F.  The awarded grade shall be recorded on the student’s transcript for the semester that the grade is assigned.  The Language Proficiency Examination Fee shall be charged each time a student registers for the language proficiency examination.

 

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

It is possible to complete the program in four years; however, the completion time will depend on factors such as the number of leveling courses needed, the pace at which courses are taken, the student’s working knowledge in the required languages, and the time necessary to research and write the dissertation.

A student may take courses on a part-time or full-time basis.  The total time from admission to graduation should not exceed seven years.

Approval by Institutional Review Board

Faculty members or students conducting research in association with Amridge University, including research for dissertations, master’s theses or other studies must have prior approval of the Institution Review Board (IRB).  Students must receive approval from the IRB prior to completion of dissertation Module II or Master’s Thesis Part I.

The purpose of Amridge University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to insure that the use and treatment of human subjects participating in research associated with this University is ethical and in compliance with established standards.  Although researchers are ultimately responsible for the ethical treatment of their human subjects, it is the policy of Amridge University that all faculty members conducting research associated with this University involving human subjects must receive approval from the (IRB) before commencing their projects or beginning data collection.  This requirement also applies to student researchers who are collecting data under the supervision of a faculty member.  Students engaged in projects for theses, dissertations, independent research courses, or faculty-student collaborations which involve human subjects must seek IRB approval through their thesis or dissertation committee chairperson.  The IRB may require a background check of the investigator before approving a research plan involving research subjects who are minors.

Required Courses for the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies with Old Testament Concentration

The Course Requirements of 60 semester credit hours for the degree program Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies – Old Testament consists of program specific courses (30 semester hours), Old Testament textual courses (12 semester hours), New Testament textual courses (6 semester hours), a Qualifying Examination (0 semester hours), and Dissertation courses (12 semester hours).

 

Required Courses for the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies - Old Testament

Sem. Hrs.

  

FD 9300

Research in Biblical Doctrine

3

 

 

FD 9305

Research Analysis of the Origin and History of the Bible

3

 

 

FD 9310

Historical and Archaeological Research of the New Testament

3

 

 

FD 9312

Research Methods of Old Testament Criticism

3

 

 

FD 9318

Research Methods of New Testament Criticism

3

 

 

FD 9350

Historical and Archaeological Research of the Old Testament

3

 

 

FD 9353

Biblical Etymology and Exegesis

3

 

 

TH 9309

Research in New Testament Theology

3

 

 

TH 9315

Biblical Ethics

3

 

 

TH 9318

Research in Old Testament Theology

3

 

Total Required Hours for Doctoral Degree

30

 

 

 

 

 

Old Testament Concentration for the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies - Old Testament

 

  

 

Select four courses from the following:

12

 

 

OT 9302

Old Testament Text – The Pentateuch

 

 

 

OT 9312

Old Testament Text – Joshua and Judges

 

 

 

OT 9316

Old Testament Text – I & II Samuel

 

 

 

OT 9318

Old Testament Text – I & II Kings

 

 

 

OT 9320

Guided Research in the Old Testament (by permission only)

 

 

 

OT 9322

Old Testament Text – Ezra and Nehemiah

 

 

 

OT 9330

Old Testament Text – The Book of Psalms

 

 

 

OT 9332

Old Testament Text – Wisdom Literature

 

 

 

OT 9340

Old Testament Text – Isaiah

 

 

 

OT 9342

Old Testament Text – Jeremiah

 

 

 

OT 9344

Old Testament Text – Ezekiel

 

 

 

OT 9346

Old Testament Text – Daniel

 

 

 

OT 9350

Old Testament Text – Hosea and Amos

 

 

 

OT 9360

Old Testament Text – Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi

 

 

Total Old Testament Concentration Hours for Doctoral Degree

12

 

 

 

 

 

New Testament Electives for the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies - Old Testament

 

  

 

Select two courses from the following:

6

 

 

NT 9311

New Testament Text – The Synoptic Gospels

 

 

 

NT 9314

New Testament Text – The Gospel of Luke

 

 

 

NT 9315

New Testament Text – The Gospel of John

 

 

 

NT 9320

New Testament Text – Acts of the Apostles

 

 

 

NT 9321

New Testament Text – Romans and Galatians

 

 

 

NT 9322

New Testament Text – I Corinthians

 

 

 

NT 9325

New Testament Text – Ephesians and Colossians, Philippians and Philemon

 

 

 

NT 9328

New Testament Text – I & II Timothy and Titus

 

 

 

NT 9331

New Testament Text – Hebrews

 

 

 

NT 9332

New Testament Text – General Epistles

 

 

 

NT 9341

New Testament Text – Revelation

 

 

 

NT 9351

New Testament Text – Guided Research in the New Testament (by permission only)

 

 

Total New Testament Elective Hours for Doctoral Degree

6

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifying Examination for the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies - Old Testament

 

 

FD 9051

Qualifying Examination for Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies

0

 

Total Qualifying Examination Hours for Doctoral Degree

0

 

 

 

 

 

Research Dissertation Modules for the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies - Old Testament

 

  

RB 9391

Research Dissertation in Biblical Studies Module I

3

 

 

RB 9392

Research Dissertation in Biblical Studies Module II

3

 

 

RB 9393

Research Dissertation in Biblical Studies Module III

3

 

 

RB 9394

Research Dissertation in Biblical Studies Module IV

3

 

Total Research Dissertation Module Hours for Doctoral Degree

12

 

 

 

 

 

Total Hours for Doctoral Degree

60

 

Required Courses for the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies with New Testament Concentration

The Course Requirements of 60 semester credit hours for the degree program Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies – New Testament consists of program specific courses (30 semester hours), New Testament textual courses (12 semester hours), Old Testament textual courses (6 semester hours), a Qualifying Examination (0 semester hours), and Dissertation courses (12 semester hours).

 

Required Courses for the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies - New Testament

Sem. Hrs.

  

FD 9300

Research in Biblical Doctrine

3

 

 

FD 9305

Research Analysis of the Origin and History of the Bible

3

 

 

FD 9310

Historical and Archaeological Research of the New Testament

3

 

 

FD 9312

Research Methods of Old Testament Criticism

3

 

 

FD 9318

Research Methods of New Testament Criticism

3

 

 

FD 9350

Historical and Archaeological Research of the Old Testament

3

 

 

FD 9353

Biblical Etymology and Exegesis

3

 

 

TH 9309

Research in New Testament Theology

3

 

 

TH 9315

Biblical Ethics

3

 

 

TH 9318

Research in Old Testament Theology

3

 

Total Required Hours for Doctoral Degree

30

 

 

 

 

 

New Testament Concentration for the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies - New Testament

 

  

 

Select four courses from the following:

12

 

 

NT 9311

New Testament Text – The Synoptic Gospels

 

 

 

NT 9314

New Testament Text – The Gospel of Luke

 

 

 

NT 9315

New Testament Text – The Gospel of John

 

 

 

NT 9320

New Testament Text – Acts of the Apostles

 

 

 

NT 9321

New Testament Text – Romans and Galatians

 

 

 

NT 9322

New Testament Text – I Corinthians

 

 

 

NT 9325

New Testament Text – Ephesians and Colossians, Philippians and Philemon

 

 

 

NT 9328

New Testament Text – I & II Timothy and Titus

 

 

 

NT 9331

New Testament Text – Hebrews

 

 

 

NT 9332

New Testament Text – General Epistles

 

 

 

NT 9341

New Testament Text – Revelation

 

 

 

NT 9351

New Testament Text – Guided Research in the New Testament (by permission only)

 

 

Total New Testament Concentration Hours for Doctoral Degree

12

 

 

 

 

 

Old Testament Electives for the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies - New Testament

 

  

 

Select two courses from the following:

6

 

 

OT 9302

Old Testament Text – The Pentateuch

 

 

 

OT 9312

Old Testament Text – Joshua and Judges

 

 

 

OT 9316

Old Testament Text – I & II Samuel

 

 

 

OT 9318

Old Testament Text – I & II Kings

 

 

 

OT 9320

Guided Research in the Old Testament (by permission only)

 

 

 

OT 9322

Old Testament Text – Ezra and Nehemiah

 

 

 

OT 9330

Old Testament Text – The Book of Psalms

 

 

 

OT 9332

Old Testament Text – Wisdom Literature

 

 

 

OT 9340

Old Testament Text – Isaiah

 

 

 

OT 9342

Old Testament Text – Jeremiah

 

 

 

OT 9344

Old Testament Text – Ezekiel

 

 

 

OT 9346

Old Testament Text – Daniel

 

 

 

OT 9350

Old Testament Text – Hosea and Amos

 

 

 

OT 9360

Old Testament Text – Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi

 

 

Total Old Testament Elective Hours for Doctoral Degree

6

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifying Examination for the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies - New Testament

 

 

FD 9051

Qualifying Examination for Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies

0

 

Total Qualifying Examination Hours for Doctoral Degree

0

 

 

 

 

 

Research Dissertation Modules for the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies - New Testament

 

  

RB 9391

Research Dissertation in Biblical Studies Module I

3

 

 

RB 9392

Research Dissertation in Biblical Studies Module II

3

 

 

RB 9393

Research Dissertation in Biblical Studies Module III

3

 

 

RB 9394

Research Dissertation in Biblical Studies Module IV

3

 

Total Research Dissertation Module Hours for Doctoral Degree

12

 

 

 

 

 

Total Hours for Doctoral Degree

60

 

Residency Requirement

1.    Students may fulfill the residency requirement by attending 8, five day seminars on the Montgomery campus. 

2.    The faculty and administration of the Amridge University Turner School of Theology strongly adhere to the tenet that an advanced program of study of this nature must have opportunities for students to participate in a comprehensive community of faculty and peers that include provisions for one-on-one and group interaction over time.  In keeping with this tenet, the Turner School of Theology has established a residency requirement for the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies.  In order to have the greatest impact on the academic study process, students are required to have Face-To-Face and Live Web Residency (Concomitant Residency) throughout the course of the 60 semester hours Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies track. 

3.    The residency requirements for of the Turner School of Theology of Amridge University specify that a PhD degree program must have one year of face-to-face student-teacher residency.   This includes any 8  core and textual courses of the students choosing. The University retains the right to change the degree program face-to-face residency requirements according to accreditation requirements.

4.    The University will require students enrolled in the PhD program to participate in live voice-to-voice conferencing and live web collaboration.  A faculty member and students, regardless of the state in which they reside, may simultaneously participate in live voice-to-voice class discussions and live web collaboration.  Each concomitant course sessions will be arranged by the faculty member with his students.  The University requires the student to attend this class in Resident Live Web class sessions on a one-time, two-time, three-time, bi-weekly, tri-weekly, or weekly basis.  All course work including the Live Web recordings of the class sessions are made available in the online course. The Live Web classes are identified in the semester schedule.

 

Online Internet and Computer Requirements for Live Web Residency

The online Internet and computer requirements for the Live Web Residency:

1.    Internet Connection

A student must have a broadband or high-speed internet connection.  Cable Modem, DSL or ADSL, or Satellite are acceptable.  Dial-Up connections will not permit the data exchange!  If a student does not have high-speed internet, they must make arrangements to order this service from a local provider.  The minimum rates required are 128 KB upload speed and 256 KB download.  Note: Some services are labeled “DSL” when in fact they are dial up connections with varying compression rates and cache servers located at central server locations which may give the sense of faster speed.  If the rates at which one can transmit and receive data are not 128 KB up and 256 KB down one does not have a broadband connection or “DSL.”

 

2.    Computer Requirements

Students must have a computer with at least the following:

1.     Personal computer—based with a 1.0 GHz Pentium Processor or higher, Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack III or higher or Windows XP Professional Service Pack I or higher at least 256 MB of RAM, 10/100 MB Ethernet Network Interface Card, 16-bit sound card and speakers along with USB or Analog external Headset, 65,000 color video display card, Internet Explorer 6.0 or later or Netscape 7.0 or later;

2.     Macintosh Computer—not supported by the IP Communicator.

 

Course Instruction Format

1.    The PhD in Biblical Studies program will use the traditional uni-meet (one week) format—five days of course instruction.

a.    This five day course format-usually a Monday through Friday traditional face-to-face instruction on the Montgomery campus for a course-will facilitate students who live in other states.

b.    This course format will permit ministers, teachers, and other professionals to travel to the Montgomery campus for the traditional face-to-face one week per course arrangement.

c.    This course format will assist the student in maintaining study time, work obligations, and family responsibilities.

2.    Face-to-face traditional instruction will be complemented with a live web learning structure that will employ the following processes:

a.    All live class sessions will be videoed and archived and made available in Blackboard online so the student can review all class lectures;

b.    The instructor will make available in Blackboard online class lectures, notes and material that will assist the student;

c.    The student will be able to send research papers, book reviews, etc., to the instructor via Blackboard.

d.    Test and open book discussion questions can be taken online;

e.    The student and instructor communications are not limited to the one week uni-meet class session;

f.     The student and instructor will be able to communicate at will through the online discussion board, email, online chat, and internet conferencing system during the semester; and

g.    Courses taught by this learning process will have the live web conferencing feature—this means that the faculty member and students, regardless of the state in which they reside, will simultaneously participate in live voice-to-voice class discussions and web collaboration.

 

Comprehensive Examination Preparation Course

The Comprehensive Examination attempts to measure the range of knowledge acquired by doctoral students by synthesizing the knowledge gained from the various courses that were taken and expressing these concepts in written format.  The Comprehensive Examination Preparation course is automatically uploaded and charged the semester the student unrolls in the initial program course FD 9300 Research in Biblical Studies Doctrine.  The Comprehensive Examination Preparation course will include a pool of questions similar to the questions that will be included on the Comprehensive Examination.  A student may draw random questions from the pool as guides for preparing for the Comprehensive Examination.  The preparation course will also include guides in the form of the rubric that will be used in evaluating student responses to the Comprehensive Examination. The Comprehensive Examination fee is a one time fee.

 

Qualifications and Procedures for the Comprehensive Examination

1.    To qualify for the Comprehensive Examination, a student must have completed at least 39 semester hours of the core course requirements.

2.    The student must register for the course FD 9050 Comprehensive Examination for Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies.

3.    The Comprehensive Examination will be administered only on the Montgomery campus.

4.    The Comprehensive Examination will be administered over a two day period, the times of which will be included in the semester schedule.

5.    The Comprehensive Examination will be drawn from the pool of questions in the Comprehensive Examination Preparation Course.

6.    Student responses to the Comprehensive Examination will be evaluated based on the rubric provided to students in the Comprehensive Examination Preparation Course.

7.    The Comprehensive Examination evaluation outcomes will be on a pass or fail basis.

8.    A student who fails the exam must retake the entire exam.

9.    Students may retake the exam as early as the following semester.

10.  Students who fail the exam the second time may not retake the exam without approval of the program faculty.

11. An appeal for a third opportunity to take the exam must be submitted to the PhD Program Director who will chair the faculty committee to consider the appeal.  An appeal will be granted only in very unusual circumstances.

 

Candidacy Status

Candidacy status is a milestone designation for the student.   Candidacy status indicates that the student has demonstrated extensive knowledge and academic achievement in the student’s major area and that the student has the knowledge base to conduct original research in the field.

The minimum requirements to attain Candidacy Status shall include: (a) Completion of all prerequisite courses for the student's chosen program; (b) Completion of all program residency requirements as specified in the University's Academic Catalog; (c) Completion of all required PhD core courses; (d) Passage of the written comprehensive examination within the student's chosen program; and, (e) Demonstration of competency to produce a manuscript publishable in a peer refereed journal by presenting to the Examination Team conducting the Comprehensive Examination for Candidacy Status: (1) documentation that the student has published in a peer refereed journal during the student’s tenure in the PhD program at Amridge University, or (2) a manuscript which is judged by the Comprehensive Examination Team to be of publishable quality and ready to be submitted for publication in a peer refereed journal.

 

Dissertation Committee

A Dissertation Committee shall be appointed upon, or prior to, the student enrolling in the first dissertation module, RB 9391 Research Dissertation in Biblical Studies Module I.  The Dissertation Committee shall be appointed by the PhD Program Director with the approval of the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The student may request specific individuals to be appointed to the Dissertation Committee.  A minimum of two signatory members of the Dissertation Committee shall have a PhD in a field related to biblical studies.  The Committee shall establish procedures for communication among the Committee members.  Each dissertation module and the final total dissertation shall be approved by the Committee Chairperson, the reader, and the Dissertation Secretary before a grade is assigned for the module.  The Committee Chairperson shall be the instructor of record for the dissertation modules.

 

Dissertation Modules

The dissertation is to be completed through a sequence of dissertation module courses.  The minimum sequence involves Research Dissertation Module I, Research Dissertation Module II, Research Dissertation Module III, and Research Dissertation Module IV.  The sequence may also involve module continuation courses.  A Research Dissertation Module First Continuation and a Research Dissertation Module Second Continuation is available for each module level if the student does not complete all requirements for a given module in one semester.

 

A student must achieve “Candidacy Status” prior to enrolling in a dissertation Module.  After beginning the dissertation the student must enroll in a dissertation module course or dissertation module continuation course each semester until completion of the dissertation, unless prior written approval is obtained from the Dissertation Committee.  The dissertation modules must be completed in sequence. The student must be enrolled in a dissertation module to receive significant assistance from members of the dissertation committee. 

 

A student who fails to enroll in a dissertation course in a succeeding semester, unless prior written approval is obtained from the Dissertation Committee, will be removed from the program.  An individual so removed from the program may submit an appeal to the Appeals Committee for consideration of readmission to the program. 

 

Allowable Grades for a Dissertation Module course are:

§  P for pass if all requirements of the module have been met, IP for in-progress if satisfactory progress has been made but not all module requirements have been met, or F for failure if satisfactory progress has not been made.

§  The IP for a Dissertation Module course is a permanent grade.  Students receiving a grade of IP on a dissertation module must register for and pay tuition and fees for the appropriate Dissertation Module First Continuation course to complete requirements for the dissertation module. 

 

Allowable Grades for a Dissertation Module First Continuation course are:

§  P for pass if all requirements of the module have been met,

§  IP for in-progress if satisfactory progress has been made but not all module requirements have been met, or F for failure if satisfactory progress has not been made.

 

Students receiving a grade of IP on Dissertation Module First Continuation course must register for the appropriate Dissertation Module Second Continuation course to complete requirements for the dissertation module.  Tuition and fees, including the Dissertation Lab Fee, will be charged for this credit course.

 

Allowable Grades for a Dissertation Module Second Continuation courses are:

§  P for pass if all requirements of the module have been met, or

§  F for failure if all requirements of the module have not been met.

 

A student who receives a grade of F for any dissertation module, dissertation module first continuation course or dissertation module second continuation course will be removed from the program.  An individual so removed from the program may submit an appeal to the Appeals Committee for consideration of readmission to the program.

The Appeals Committee shall consult with the student’s Dissertation Committee in considering the appeal. 

 

Requirements for Dissertation Module Courses

See the section titled Requirements for Dissertation Module Courses for the Doctor of Ministry and Doctor Philosophy Programs under Section 16 – Course Description of this version of the Amridge University Academic Catalog.

 

Graduation Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies

Before being graduated with the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

 

1.    Satisfactorily complete 120 approved graduate hours, of which a minimum 60 semester hours must be taken in the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Biblical Studies program at Amridge University; the remaining 60 semester hours consist of the student's Master of Divinity or Master of Theology or two-year Master of Arts in Bible or Doctor of Ministry from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 point scale;

2.    Demonstrate competency in and pass proficiency exams in Greek, Hebrew, and a secondary language;

3.    Complete all prerequisite and required coursework for the degree with a 3.0 grade or better in each course;

4.    Complete all program residency requirements;

5.    Pass the Comprehensive Examination and gain Candidacy Status;

6.    Submit and gain faculty approval of dissertation proposal appropriate to the student's area of specialization and research competency;

7.    Pass all four dissertation modules;

8.    Final defense:

a.    As part of the dissertation defense, the student must present, defend and pass a Biblical Doctrines Position Paper. This paper is to be a revision and expansion of the original paper presented in the course FD 9300 Research in Biblical Doctrine. This paper must show evidence of research and study to substantiate, validate, or abjure the student’s belief in and understanding of three or more of the following biblical doctrines: God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the inspiration and authority of the Bible, humanity and sin, redemption and salvation, the church, and the last things. Special emphasis should be given to the various sub-doctrines of the selected doctrines in the paper thereby giving a full treatment of the chosen topics.

b.    Doctoral dissertation defense approval: the student must defend, and receive a passing grade for their doctoral dissertation before their Dissertation Committee, the dean of the Turner School of Theology, and other faculty. This defense will take place in Montgomery, Alabama at a time set by the Dissertation Committee.

c.     The student must comply with all requirements for submission of the completed dissertation to the Amridge University Head Librarian.

9.    Achieve a grade of 3.0 or higher for each PhD courses in the student’s PhD program;

10. Complete and submit the Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from the University’s web site. The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate. This submission schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student's records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been attained. 

 

 


 

 

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