The Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD) is designed to prepare students for academic teaching, research, and service in a variety of professions in which interpersonal relationships are of great importance. As a result of its flexibility and structure, this unique degree program will attract students from various academic and professional backgrounds including human services, business, education, and ministry. Students enrolled in the PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies can tailor their educational experience to meet the requirements of a changing workforce and societal demands. Upon acceptance to the PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program, the student will choose courses from multiple disciplines (i.e. Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Leadership, Ministry, and Biblical Studies) and design an individual plan of study with guidance from his or her Faculty Mentor and Academic Advisor. By combining core courses designed to provide an advanced understanding of research methodologies with concentration courses that allow each student to acquire specialized knowledge and skills across multiple disciplines, graduates will be uniquely prepared to make a positive impact within their communities and churches at both the individual and organizational levels.