Fast track to Masters Degrees
On the preceding page it showed that to achieve a Masters Degree that it is required that the student must first achieve a Bachelor of Divinity or Master of Divinity Degree. For achieving a Master of Theology Degree it is still a prerequisite that the student first acquire a Master of Divinity Degree; however, the student may study for the Master of Religious Education Degree, or the Master of Ministry Degree without first studying the Bachelor of Divinity or Master of Divinity Degree.
In the case of studying the fast track to the Masters Degree, and then the student wishes to continue his or her studies towards a Doctorate Degree, the student would then need to study and additional 40 semester hour Masters Degree before qualifying for any of the Doctorate Degree courses, or the student would have to study and additional 40 semester hours in the Doctorate program above what would be required normally.
Example: If the student were to fast track to a Master of Ministry Degree and then decide he or she would like to study for the Doctor of Ministry Degree, the student would need to acquire an additional Masters Degree (eg. Masters of Religious Education…), or would add 40 semester hours of study in the Doctor of Ministry Degree program (ie. Instead of 32 semester hours, 72 semester hours doctorate level study).
Schedule of hours of study towards Doctorate Degree
A quick overview
Doctorate level courses are 32 units above Masters level study with the exception as mentioned above. However, as a prerequisite for the Doctor of Theology Degree (40 SH), the student must first have acquired either a Master of Theology Degree or an additional Doctorate Degree. All second doctorate degrees with the exception of the Doctor of Theology Degree are 64 semester hours.
Doctor of Philosophy in Religion
(major: Christian Literature)
32 to 64 Hours of Study above Master level Degree
Doctor of Religious Education
32 to 64 Hours of Study above Master of Religious Education Degree
Doctor of Ministry
32 to 64 Hours of Study above Master of Ministry Degree
Doctor of Theology
40 Hours of Study above Master of Theology Degree
Or 50 Hours of Study above one: Doctor of Philosophy
Degree or Doctor of Religious Education Degree or Doctor
of Ministry Degree
Fast-track to Doctoral Degree
Prerequisite for Doctoral Degree is a minimum of 72 Hours Graduate Studies (Bachelor of Divinity plus one: Master of Religious Education Degree or Master of Ministry Degree.
Students with Master level degree may make the additional hours of study up in either a second Master level course or 32 additional hours of study in the doctorate program.
If a student is studying for a second Doctoral Degree the second degree will require 64 Hours of Study rather than 32
Electives give you the option to choose textbooks that will help in your educational training. Utilize these electives as alternates, or, review your degree program page for guidance.
You may alternate up to five textbooks in the Doctoral level program if they match more closely with your thesis or dissertation.
Email Alternate suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org