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First Year Certificate in Ministry
First Year (all bachelors programs)
Certificate in Ministry (7 Courses)
101 Christian Foundations Course
102 The Bible (Hermeneutics)
103 Spiritual Beings
105 Inner Victory (Deliverance)
106 Spiritual Gifts
107 Prophets Manual
This is our entrance level qualification and is designed to prepare students for further studies. This is the minimum level for entry into our degree programs. However, some of our students choose not to study further and that’s fine. You decide on how far you want to go with your studies. The Certificate in Ministry is awarded to students who successfully complete the seven modules which make up this course.
The Certificate in Ministry consists of 7 modules:
1. Christian Foundations
This module covers the basics of Christianity. The foundational doctrines that we feel are necessary to be able to function as a christian leader. This is an exciting and interesting course and is primarily focused on theology, without all the technical jargon. These teachings are practical and can be applied in your life and ministry from the start. We all need wisdom and wisdom starts with knowledge. You can have knowledge without wisdom, but you can’t have wisdom without knowledge.
Christian foundations are a collection of teachings about what Jesus taught. He must always be our role model as we take our direction from Him. His whole earthly ministry was about discipleship. Being a disciple of Jesus is lifelong journey of being transformed into His image.
There is an introduction and 18 chapters in this module: getting wisdom, Jesus taught, discipleship, the Sermon on the Mount 1 & 2 , servant leadership, authority of the church, the Kingdom of God, the message of Jesus, the Spirit of the leader, go make disciples, the laying on of hands, the Parables, eschatology 1-6.
2. The Bible
Also known as Hermeneutics. This is the study of biblical interpretation, a vital and often neglected area of study. You will learn how to correctly interpret the bible and with this comes a greater understanding of biblical truths. Students will learn how to determine what is error and what is truth.
Studying the Bible can be one of the most fulfilling activities of your life. It can also be a drag if approached in the wrong way. Learning to study the Bible correctly is vitally important. This course teaches skills which help you to be a good Bible student by learning what the Bible is about and how to interpret it correctly. A major part of being a Christian is sharing our faith with others. By increasing your knowledge and understanding of the Bible you will become a more effective witness.
You will also learn to study the Bible in a way that will allow God to be able to effectively communicate to you through it. In other words, you will be able to better understand what God’s will for your life is. The main way He speaks to us is through His word, therefore, when we better understand His word, we can better understand what he wants us to do. This is the reason that the Bible was inspired to be written in the first place. God wants to guide your life in
order that you have life and have it more abundantly (Jn. 10:10). When you have the abundant life, you see life as service to others. Only by being a servant to others can we enjoy our lives here on earth.
This module consists of an introduction and 14 chapters which cover: Old and New Testament divisions, the history of the bible, Christian worldview, Christocentric, blood covenants, covenant terms, bible covenants, principle of biblical interpretation, New Testament interpretation, we must study the bible, understanding the bible, what the bible is and developing effective bible studies.
3. Spiritual Beings
Who is God? Where does He come from? Why am I here? Where do I come from? Where am I going? What happens to me when I die? These are the great questions of life. Most people ask these questions at some point in their lives. We want to make sense of it all, to understand what life is about. Every tribe and nation on the earth has some concept of God. Someone once said that there is a God sized void inside all of us that needs to be filled. There are many concepts of God. From birth, every one of us has an innate sense that “there is something more than just me” and a drive to discover what that might be. In the same way, all people, whether they are believers or not, seek the deeper meaning, purpose, and significance that exists in life, relationships and the things that happen to us.
Sometimes spiritual beings are misunderstood. Often in a search for a god people start worshipping angels and other beings. In this module we look at different kinds of spiritual being to bring a greater understanding of the spirit realm.
This module consists of 15 chapter: God, the Glory of God, three attribute of God, The Trinity, The Father, The Fathers love, as Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit, the origin of angels, characteristics of angels, different kinds of angels, functions of angels, demons and authority.
Prayer is communication with God. Wrong prayer does not always produce the required results. Do you want to have an effective prayer life? Do you understand Biblical prayer? Do you know how to deal with demonic attacks and possession? This course contains the answers to these questions and more.
Students learn how to pray effectively and therefore get positive results. There are different types of prayers for different situations. We need to know how to pray and what to say when praying. All believers have spiritual authority and we need to understand how to operate in this authority.
This module teaches students how to pray effectively and consists of the Name, bible prayers, the greatest prayer ever prayed, the Lord’s Prayer, intercession, praying in the Spirit, the prayer of faith and binding and loosing.
5. Inner Victory
This practical course teaches us how to identify and break demonic strongholds that affect our thinking, speech, emotions and behaviour. It also discusses practical ways to renew our minds. Jesus came to set the captives free, to heal the broken hearted, yet many Christians are still in bondage. They have not found the freedom that Jesus gave all of us on the cross.
Sometimes it is ignorance and sometimes it is as a result of demonic activity. This course teaches students about deliverance and is not just for people called to deliverance ministry but is for all Christians. We all need an understanding of the subject, either for our own benefit or for other people.
This course consists an introduction and 11 sections: Introduction, two Kingdoms, your spiritual house, generational curses, wounds and traumas, roots and fruits, practical explanations, renewing of the mind, spirit, soul, body and salvation, counterattack prayer and prayer of blessing.
6. Spiritual Gifts
The bible mentions more than 30 different spiritual gifts. They are not for the people that are gifted, but to be used for the benefit of the body of Christ. In order to fulfill our God given destinies we need to understand and know what ministries we are called to. Knowing what our spiritual gifts are helps us tremendously to understand our callings. This module helps ou to discover what your spiritual gifting’s are and how to step into your calling. You will also learn about the other gifts and how to relate to them.
There are two major problems related to the subject of spiritual gifts. The first is that far too few Christians are involved in any kind of ministry. They are spectators rather than participants. None of these ‘spectators’ have the joy of being actively involved in ministry, and of seeing God work through them in the exercise of their spiritual gifts. Often the leadership encourages them to be spectators by wanting to do all ministry themselves.
A second problem is with those who are actively involved in the ministry of the local church, but who are not functioning in a ministry which corresponds to their spiritual gifts. An example of this is that less than 10% of people called as evangelists ever step into their true calling. They either become pastors or do other church related ministry.
This module consists of 17 chapters: Spiritua l gifts by chapter, misconceptions, discover your spiritual gifts, elders and deacons, different gifts, miraculous gifts, serving gifts, motivational gifts, grace gifts, apostles, apostolic missions statement, the first apostles, prophets, discerning true and false, personal prophesy, evangelists, plus a Pneuma Gifts and Personality Analysis.
7. The Prophets Manual
Are you a budding prophet or just interested in the prophetic ministry? This module is a manual to train people who are called into the prophetic ministry to step into this very important and often misunderstood and abused ministry. It is also for those students who want to get a better understanding of the prophetic.
This module consists of an introduction and ten chapters: The Prophet, exposure of evil infiltration, release of Prophetic revelation, preparation and training, stages of development, prophetic realities, for and against, procedures, alarm signals and are you ready?
Associate degrees are awarded on successful completion the Certificate in Ministry and on successful completion of the second years training. We currently offer either an Associate Degree in Ministry or an Associate Degree in Theology. This is dependent on the bachelor’s program you have elected.
Associate Degree in Ministry
Students who elect to study towards a Bachelor’s in Ministry are required to study Counselling 1 which consists of three modules:
Counselling 1 (6 Courses)
203-Pastoral Counselling section 1
204 Pastoral Counselling section 2
205 Pastoral Counselling section 3
206 Pastoral Counselling section 4
The wholeness course is all about bringing together the spiritual, emotional and behavioural aspects of your life. It will give you a very practical framework for understanding how God fits into every area of your life, and our aim is to equip you with tools that will help you grow closer in your relationship with God. We need to be whole to live productive and joyful lives, as well as to be able to effectively counsel other people.
This module consists of 4 sessions: introduction, awareness of self, practical application and a right relationship with God.
Boundaries are visible and invisible borders which show where our properties begin and end. The owner of the property is legally responsible for what happens within the boundaries. People’s lives improve when implementing healthy boundaries and can then help or assist other people in creating and implementing healthy boundaries for themselves.
People who do not have clear cut boundaries often experience problems. With implementing boundaries, research shows that many symptoms disappear quickly and people with boundaries are generally happier.
This module consists of 10 sessions: boundaries, healthy boundaries, biblical boundaries, symptoms, boundaries in friendship and work, boundaries in parenting, boundaries and parents, boundaries and abusive people, boundaries in recovery, boundaries in dating.
Counselling is a big part of ministry, especially pastoral ministry. Pastors in particular are often called on to counsel. To be effective counsellors we need to be properly trained. The aim of Christian Counselling is to bring us back to wholeness in Christ. The most compelling difference between correct Christian Counselling and other forms of counselling is that the Christian Counsellor is led by the Holy. A Christian. counsellor aims to bring people to a place
where they experience the fullness of Christ in their lives.
This is a practical course which equips you to counsel in a variety of areas. The module is divided into 5 sections, each consisting of chapters.
Section 1 consists of 9 chapters: the uniqueness of Christian counselling, preparation or counselling, the counselling setting, hosting the presence of God, effective communication, distractions in counselling, counselling techniques, counselling models and counselling mistakes.
Section 2 consists of 11 chapters: biblical foundations, the supremacy of scripture, the nature of God, sin, dying to self, strongholds of the mind, forgiveness, reasons for forgiving others, guilt, overcoming stress and fear.
Section 3 consists of 8 chapters: emotional intelligence, 3 major needs, spirit soul body, grief cycle, psychology, developmental psychology, depression, discussion questions.
Section 4 consists of 10 chapters: abortion, childhood molestation, symptoms of childhood abuse in adults, death, eating disorders, homosexuality, life skills, mediation, post-traumatic stress disorder and discussion.
Section 5 consists of 7 chapters which are assignments on case studies.
Associate Degree in Theology
The Bible is the most powerful book in the world. Most believers would say that it is the source of their faith and gives direction to us on how to live. Yet most believers do not really understand the bible. Surveys are not bible studies; they are brief summaries of the main themes of each book of the bible and help us to better understand the bible.
Students who elect to study towards a Bachelor’s in Theology are required to study Biblical Survey 1 which covers the Old Testament & Biblical Survey 2, which covers the New Testament.
The Associate Degree in Theology is awarded to students who successfully complete the studies of the Old Testament Survey and a 40-week reading plan of the Old Testament.
Bachelor’s in Theology
On successful completion of the Associate Degree in Theology you are required to complete Survey 2, which is the New Testament survey plus Leadership Principles and Homiletics and includes a 40-week reading of The New Testament.
Leadership (8 Courses)
301 Leadership Principles
303 The Church
305 understanding Stewardship
307 Organizational Structure and Management
308 Ordination and Conclusion
This module covers teachings of the principles required for effective Christian leadership and consist of an introduction and 20 chapters: controlling leaders, authority, leading like Jesus, teamwork, loyalty, disloyalty, building loyalty in ministry, seven enemies, fear in leadership, discouragement, Godly sorrow, burdened in the Spirit, winning against all odds, the unfair advantage, perseverance, running the race, finishing strong, victorious Christian living, kirsch or ecclesia, you are doulos.
Homiletics is the art or science of preparing sermons. This is vital for anyone going into ministry and consists of 5 chapters: preparation, the sermon, transitions, types of sermons, preaching according to Martin Luther.
The second elective is Bachelor’s in Ministry. This suits students who want all round ministry training. On successful completion of the Associate Degree in Ministry you are required to complete Leadership and Administration, together with a 40-week New Testament reading plan, to obtain their degrees.
Bachelors Degree in Ministry
This is a three-year degree program designed to prepare you for a leadership position in ministry.
We believe that you will find the training interesting and relevant. Our training is practical, and you will learn how to become a servant leader. Areas covered are theology, counselling and leadership. The training programme consists of:
Old Testament Survey (3 Courses)
A study of all 39 books of the old testament
211 OT The Law
212 OT The Culture
213 OT The Prophets
New Testament Survey (3 Courses) - A study of all 27 New Testament books
214 NT History
215 NT Epistles
216 NT Prophesy
Leadership (8 Courses)
301 Leadership Principles
303 The Church
305 understanding Stewardship
307 Organizational Structure and Management
308 Ordination and Conclusion
If you have been awarded the Bachelor’s in ministry
Old Testament Survey (3 courses)
A study of all 39 books of the old testament
211 The Law
On completion of your training you will have a good all-round understanding of ministry.
Students who successfully complete either the bachelor’s in ministry or bachelor’s in theology may elect to study towards an Honours degree. Both bachelors degrees include The Certificate in Ministry, Philosophy, Leadership Principles and Homiletics, which means students can study the subjects included in the degree they did not study for and would take an extra eighteen months to 2 years of study to earn an honours degree in ministry.
Bachelor’s degree in related studies I.E. theology, ministry or other Christian biblical studies. If the candidate has a degree in an unrelated field extra studies will be required.
Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, the graduate should be able to:
Interpret and analyse the history, content and background of the Bible
Evaluate Christian doctrine and theology and articulate their ethical and theological system(s)
Design and defend scholarly research papers
Apply Biblical hermeneutics to an advanced exegetical research project; and
Demonstrate the importance of the Biblical worldview in Biblical Studies.
This program is designed to provide the student with an in-depth study of the Scriptures on a graduate level. Hermeneutical principles and theological studies will be taught and then applied to study of the Scriptures. This program consists of thirty-six credit hours of classroom, specific and/or independent studies. Students are expected to be involved in a ministry of a local church on a regular basis.
Pre-requisite: One year of Biblical language will be added to the program.
Breakdown of Core Curriculum
1. New Testament Survey - 3 Credits
2. Old Testament Survey - 3 Credits
3. Systematic Theology I - 3 Credits
4. Systematic Theology ll - 3 Credits
5. New Testament Theology - 3 Credits
6. Biblical Hermeneutics - 3 Credits
7. Christian Apologetics - 3 Credits
8. Church History I - 3Credits
9. Writing Research Papers Across the Curriculum - 3 Credits
10. Seminar - 3 Credits
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biblical Studies is a terminal research doctorate designed to prepare and equip biblical scholars who show exceptional academic promise and teaching potential.
The degree program requires 60 credit hours of study, including the doctoral dissertation. The program is delivered in a blended format, leveraging online technology with face-to-face seminar experiences, resulting in a model of delivery that fits the lives of adult learners.
Candidates will join a cohort of peers who, together, will progress though a prescribed sequence of seminars, develop sustainable habits of scholarly inquiry, and enjoy the benefits of functioning in a cooperative learning environment.
Through the PhD in Biblical Studies, Candidates will achieve a greater mastery of biblical languages, historical backgrounds, and theological frameworks. The program also contains a significant component of seminar work dedicated to the development of mediated and classroom teaching skills for the instruction of adult learners, including learning theory, instructional design, and educational technology. In addition to the more common humanities-based research model for biblical research, students will have the option of focusing their dissertation research in the area of biblical instruction by using empirical methodologies as well as humanities-based research designs.
The integration of these studies and disciplines will enable the candidates to conduct doctoral level research and will equip them to serve in the educational and ministerial fields which require the highest level of academic degree achievement.
The purpose of the PhD in Biblical Studies program is to prepare twenty-first century professors, teachers, pastors, missionaries, and other types of ministry educators to teach biblical and theological studies in Bible colleges, Christian liberal arts colleges, seminaries, and other teaching contexts and equip them to integrate a significant knowledge of educational technology, adult learning theory, and mediated learning methodology in their teaching role.
As a result of completing the PhD in Biblical Studies, the candidate will attain an excellent command of the historical, cultural, and linguistic foundations of Scripture. The student will also attain an expert’s ability to apply advanced hermeneutical principles to develop a theology of Scripture and to critically evaluate theological systems. The graduate of the program will then be empowered to serve as a teacher of teachers, employing the most effective and innovative techniques, including computer technology and mediated instruction. The program will also prepare world-class scholars proficient in advanced research methods leveraging cutting-edge computer research techniques.
EXPERT BIBLICAL EXEGETE
Deepen and sharpen the student’s ability to exegete Scripture through advanced training in the original languages of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. The students explore the cognate languages and study textual criticism to expand their knowledge and understanding of the wider foundations of Scripture.
Enable the student to comprehend and analyze Scripture against the backdrop of the languages, civilizations, and literatures of the ancient world in which the revelation of God was first given to humanity.
Equip the student with exegetical skills needed to effectively discern the teaching of Scripture for the sake of communicating biblical truth to others.
INNOVATOR OF EDUCATION
Equip students to think and execute skillfully as classroom and online teachers. Courses focus on the acquisition of the knowledge and skills necessary for comprehending human development processes, learning theory, and the teaching-learning process as they apply to both the classroom and online teaching contexts.
Candidates will gain an understanding of adult learning theory and its effective application to the teaching of adults in the changing higher education environment. Candidates learn how to engage adult learners in face-to-face, online, and blended teaching contexts. Candidates explore appropriate teaching models for adult learners in mediated learning environments. As Candidates employ technological tools and blended learning techniques, they further hone the ability to train others to effectively use the same tools and techniques.
As a result of completing the PhD in Biblical Studies program, the candidate will gain the ability to think and execute skillfully as a researcher-scholar and author using computer technology. This core competency focuses on the development of research skills necessary in the completion of a research doctoral degree. This is accomplished through three primary means: the foundational research course, mentored research, and the dissertation sequence.
Candidates may elect one of two approaches to research – the humanities approach most commonly employed in biblical scholarship or an empirical approach often employed in the field of education. Students will take a Biblical Research and Writing Course which includes an introduction to empirical research methods at the beginning of the program.
Biblical Research & Writing Course: This course is taken in the first semester to orient the student to the research and writing methods which will continue to be developed throughout the duration of the program. The student is also introduced to the cohort learning model and participates in collaborative learning processes. The principles established in this foundational course also feed directly into the educational competency as they model the teaching methods from the pedagogical courses.
Mentored Research: All students are assigned a scholar-mentor who will assist them in honing the skill of research. Mentors supervise the student’s research and serve as the chair of the student’s dissertation committee.
Biblical Research Dissertation Sequence: The dissertation sequence consists of four stages: Reading & Prospectus, Chapters 1-2, Dissertation Completion, and Dissertation Defense. Building on the foundation laid in the Biblical Research & Writing Course, this core competency furthers the development of the essential knowledge and thinking skills needed to carry out the entire research process, including identification of the research problem, conducting a literature review, designing of research approach, and writing of the dissertation. It also develops the analytical and critical thinking skills needed to evaluate and interpret research findings. This competency culminates with the writing and defense of a research dissertation.
Biblical Instruction Dissertation Option: Using an empirical approach to research design, students may elect to study aspects of biblical instruction in the mediated learning environment. Each candidate for the PhD in Biblical Studies Instruction Option must complete a dissertation based on the candidate’s own systematic inquiry into an area of advanced research in academic instruction. The dissertation is intended to demonstrate competency in research design, methodology, and the ability to think critically and make a contribution to the literature in the field of study. Special permission is required from the Dean of the Seminary to pursue this dissertation approach. Students who complete this option will substitute Statistics and Empirical Research Methods in place of the research language requirements BIB 907 and BIB 908.
CURRICULAR DESIGN AND DISTINCT CHARACTERISTICS
This program requires a minimum of three and a half years of study. Students who enroll in the PhD in Biblical Studies degree program will complete 60 hours of academic study consisting of 40 credit hours of core competency seminars and 20 credit hours of focused, research related study, including comprehensive exams, prospectus preparation, and completion of the dissertation.
DESIGNED FOR “LIFE-ENGAGED” LEARNERS
“Life-engaged” learners are students who are actively engaged in family, church, and professional life while participating in the doctoral program. While the program is intensive in nature, the time required on campus will not necessitate relocation or require students to leave their current leadership context. This is accomplished through an internet enhanced delivery model. Candidates can earn a PhD in Biblical Studies in as little as three and a half years without leaving their work or ministry, moving their family, or uprooting their life.
A COHORT COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS
The PhD in Biblical Studies is a cohort-based program. Candidates will enter the program with a group of other Candidates. This cohort follows a prescribed sequence of courses together. Because cohort learning involves a group of students who start and finish their degree together, students experience a number of educational advantages. Cohort learning, delivered in a blended manner with both face-to-face and Internet enhanced learning, offers one of the most effective learning opportunities available to the doctoral student. Genuine, rich, and deep relationships will be developed through the course of the program as students support and serve each other in the quest for knowledge. As part of a cohort group, doctoral students will be expected to ground their research in significant and pertinent literature and to share resources with their colleagues in preparation for on-site seminars.
INTERNET ENHANCED LEARNING
This program combines faculty-mediated online interaction with faceto-face seminar participation. This model enables students to benefit from both types of interaction while maintaining the highest standards of academic quality. Candidates participate in online discussions and other learning activities led by both the professor and fellow students. On campus interactions involve open dialogue in face-to-face seminar sessions led by nationally renowned and published faculty members.
Using the mediated learning model described above, each course has three learning components.
1.Pre-Seminar Component: During the course weeks prior to each seminar, Candidates complete readings and other pre-seminar assignments. During this component of the course, Candidates are required to participate at least three hours each week in online discussions led by the professor.
2.Post-Seminar Component: During the course weeks following the face-to-face component of the seminar, Candidates complete post-seminar readings and research. Students will also participate three hours each week in online discussions led by the professor or Candidates in the cohort.
PROGRAM TUITION AND FEES
Non-refundable program deposit (due at acceptance)
All-inclusive program fee (includes tuition and all fees)
TOTAL 2017-18 PROGRAM*
Continuation fees are not included in the cost.
The program tuition and fees include academic fees and tuition charges. Tuition will not rise during the duration of your program. Additional expenses not included are books, software purchased by the student, housing, meals, travel, transcript fees, dissertation binding expense, and continuation fees. Students may elect a payment plan.
Content Seminars (40 credits)
Content seminars engage the student in the study and analysis of the pivotal topics in biblical backgrounds, exegesis, hermeneutics and theology, exposition, and pedagogical and andragogical communication skills. Candidates learn both the skill of biblical research and the skill of teaching adults in the blended and online environments.
Comprehensive Exams (0 credits)
Four written comprehensive examinations will be given, one in each of the following areas: biblical backgrounds, exegesis, hermeneutics, and theology. Doctoral students must complete the comprehensive examinations successfully before the dissertation prospectus can be approved.
Dissertation Series (20 credits)
The Candidates follows the dissertation courses 915-918 leading to dissertation completion.
BIB 901 Advanced Biblical Research & Writing
This course focuses on original research skills necessary for the development of a PhD dissertation. These skills include collecting empirical data, researching topics in foreign languages, sufficiently detailed documentation, and research methods. Students will complete research assignments in the area of dissertation interest.
BIB 902 Learning & Teaching: Theory & Practice
This course is an examination of major theories of learning and their application to teaching methodology and curriculum design. The course provides an understanding of the role of teaching and learning for the purpose of educating a diverse group of students in biblical studies. Additionally, this course prepares students for teaching in a Christian higher education context.
BIB 903 OT Backgrounds
This course will explore languages, literatures, and cultures of the Ancient Near Eastern civilizations related to the Hebrew Bible. Students will be exposed to Aramaic, Akkadian, and Ugaritic. Ancient inscriptions, contracts, and a variety of religious texts will be read to enhance a student’s understanding of the OT. The impact of archaeological discoveries on current understanding of the OT will be studied.
BIB 904 NT Backgrounds
This course will explore languages, literatures, and cultures of the Intertestamental and New Testament periods. Intertestamental literature, including the Septuagint, will be read to enhance a student’s understanding of the New Testament. A variety of background areas will be studied including, but not limited to: religion, philosophy, language, economics, and politics. The impact of archaeological discoveries on current understanding of the NT will be studied.
BIB 905 OT Exegesis
Students in this course will develop advanced skills in exegeting the Hebrew Bible. Various passages of the OT will be translated, analyzed, and outlined, both exegetically and homiletically. A research paper related to the student’s dissertation interest will be developed and critiqued by the cohort.
BIB 906 NT Exegesis
Students in this course will develop advanced skills in exegeting the Greek Bible. Various passages of the NT will be translated, analyzed, and outlined, both exegetically and homiletically. A research paper related to the student’s dissertation interest will be developed and critiqued by the cohort.
BIB 907 OT Hermeneutics & Theology
Candidates in this course will study advanced topics related to the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible. Topics include, but are not limited to: Hebrew poetry, wisdom literature, discourse analysis, prophetic literature, and apocalyptic literature. Various aspects of theology will be studied across the genre pastiche. The writing project of this course will integrate the core competencies developed in the program and will be in the area of dissertation interest.
BIB 908 NT Hermeneutics & Theology
Students in this course will study advanced topics related to the interpretation of the Greek Bible. Topics include, but are not limited to: rhetorical criticism, epistolary literature, parables, Gospels, and apocalyptic. Various aspects of theology will be studied across the genre palette. The writing project of this course will integrate the core competencies developed in the program and will be in the area of dissertation interest.
BIB 909 Cohort Elective 1
With the guidance of the director of the PhD in Biblical Studies program, each cohort will select a subject for in-depth study which matches the needs and interests of the cohort. Possible topics include but are not limited to, church history, specific theological studies, Hebrew poetry, and textual criticism.
BIB 910 Cohort Elective 2
With the guidance of the director of the PhD in Biblical Studies program, the cohort will select a second subject for in-depth study. The course will match the needs and interests of the cohort.
BIB 911 Contemporary Instructional Methods & Design
This course focuses on the methodology of constructing courses for adult learners in online and blended formats. Students will explore the relationship between technology, research, learning, and teaching and will learn how to teach effectively in online and mediated environments. This course prepares students to apply these methods in a Christian higher education context.
BIB 912 Comprehensive Exam Preparation
Completion of this course is required prior to taking the comprehensive exams. Written comprehensive examinations will cover the areas of Bible backgrounds, exegesis, hermeneutics, and theology. Doctoral students must complete the comprehensive examinations successfully before the dissertation topic can be approved and research can begin. Course content from the PhD in Biblical Studies is studied in a collaborative manner with the goal being comprehensive review.
BIB 913 Dissertation IA: Reading & Prospectus
Under the guidance of the faculty mentor, students will choose a dissertation topic and develop a prospectus which presents the student’s research questions and strategy. After developing the prospectus, students will defend it in an open hearing. If the prospectus is approved, the student may proceed to Dissertation IB.
BIB 914 Dissertation IB: Chapters 1-2
After securing topic approval in Dissertation IA, students in Dissertation IB will focus on developing the first two chapters of the dissertation with oversight from the faculty mentor. Once the first two chapters have been approved by the Dissertation Committee, the student may proceed to Dissertation II: Completion.
BIB 915 Dissertation II: Completion
In Dissertation II: Completion, the student continues to write the final dissertation chapters with oversight and feedback from the Dissertation Committee. Dissertation II may be taken more than once. Students must be continually enrolled in Dissertation II until their dissertation is complete.
BIB 916 Dissertation Defense
After completion, the PhD student defends the final dissertation in an open hearing. Once the Dissertation Committee has approved the dissertation, the student is recommended for graduation.
BIB 917 Empirical Research & Statistics
Critical thinking and reflection processes are explored and are applied to research evaluation and interpretation using basic statistical concepts. Students develop the knowledge, skills, and disposition for critical inquiry and research development, preparation, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICATION PROCESS
Applicants must hold an earned and accredited master’s degree in an appropriate and related field, with coursework equivalent to either a Master of Divinity or a master’s degree with a thesis. Candidates who have other master’s degrees may appeal this requirement to the Program Director.
Applicant’s transcripts must reflect a background in biblical studies, theology, biblical language, and ministry studies. Those applicants who have not completed sufficient coursework in biblical, biblical language, theological, and ministry studies will be required to complete “leveling” work to prepare the applicant for the biblical and theological component of the program.
Applicants must submit a writing sample of 15 pages or longer. The sample must be written at the master’s level on a biblical or theological topic.
Applicants with a Th.M degree may apply for Advanced Standing. Students who are admitted and approved for Advanced Standing may be exempted from up to three courses. The exact number and type of courses for exemption are selected by the committee based on the specific details of the student’s educational background. For some students, it may be possible to complete the program with 48 hours of coursework instead of the standard 60 hours.
Applicants must hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in previous master’s level work. Students may appeal this requirement to the Program Director.
The student must obtain employer permission to enter the program. An Employer Permission form must be on file as part of the application process.
Applicants with deficiencies in required areas may appeal to the Program Director. The Program Director and the Admissions Committee will review the application and may admit the student on a provisional basis. Students admitted on a provisional basis must meet the requirements set forth by the Program Director and the Admissions Committee in the time allotted in order to remain in the program.
In order to complete an application to the PhD in Biblical Studies program, the applicant will need to complete the following.
Complete the PhD Program Application.
Pay the $70 non-refundable application fee.
Submit additional documents:
Official transcripts from all degree granting post-secondary schools attended
In order to graduate with the PhD in Biblical Studies degree, the candidate must have fulfilled all of the following:
Complete all course work with 70 % or above in all seminars.
Successfully complete all the dissertation requirements
Fulfill all financial obligations to RWBC Complete the program within the statute of limitations period as identified in the PhD in Biblical Studies Handbook.
We offer you a choice of three payment plans.
1. Once off Payment in advance for the entire course.
2. Pay per study year in advance.
3. Pay per course in advance.
Discounts are offered for advance payments made when applying option 1 and 2.
A non-refundable deposit of U.S.$ 30 is required with your application. This is a once off payment to cover administration costs and is only payable with your original application. You may also submit your first payment of fees with your deposit.
First year including Certificate in Ministry is U.S.$ 140 P.A., which is U.S. $ 20 per course, or U.S.$126 if paid in full in advance.
Second year including Associate Degrees BMin. and BTh. are U.S.$150 or 6 payments of U.S.$ 25 or U.S.$135 if paid in full in advance.
Two-year programs including Associate Degrees U.S.$ 290 or U.S.$ 261 if paid in full in advance.
Third Year U.S. $ 210 which is U.S.$ 30 per course or U.S.$ 189 if paid in full in advance.
Three-year including bachelor’s degrees is U.S.$ 500 if paid per course or U.S.$ 450 if paid in full in advance.
The cost of certificates is U.S. $ 30 each, which includes postage and packaging.
Fees are subject to annual reviews and may increase. Students who elect to pay in advance will not be subject to prices increases for the period paid for.
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Juanita Mc Carthy
Assessment, Progression and Qualification
We require an 80 % pass rate per subject.
We are required to maintain accreditation standards, to utilize credit hours as a measurement. Credit hours are calculated as 1 credit hour equals 10 hours of actual working time. Credit hours encompass all time (formal classes, self-study, reading, researching, writing assignments etc.) spent by students in completing their studies.
The actual time which students need to successfully complete their studies varies considerably. Therefore, credit hours are not a precise measurement but provide students with an indication of the amount of study time required for the successful completion of studies. and the degree of commitment expected.
Credit hours are based on how long it would take an average full-time student entering a university and studying that subject, at that level, for the first time, to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding for successful completion of studies. It is therefore assumed that an average student will require 120 credit hours or 1200 hours actual time to successfully complete a bachelor’s degree. This is based on an international standard.
Certificate in Ministry
Equates to 7 1/2 actual hours study per week in the first year, which is 300 actual hours (30 credit hours) a year.
Equates to 9 hours a week which is 360 actual hours (36 credit hours) a year.
Third year equates to 13,5 hours per week which is 540 actual hours (54 credit hours) per year. The total is 1200 actual hours (120 credit hours).
What’s the Difference Between Credits and Credit Hours?
Credits are calculated slightly differently but ultimately are very much the same as credit hours. A module consisting of 12 credits equates to 120 notional hours. It therefore requires at least 8 hours of study per week in a 15-week semester. Qualifications require a certain number of credits, broken down into smaller units. Credits are the number of notional study
hours required for achieving the learning outcomes. Notional hours include study time, assignments and examinations. The credit rating system rates 10 notional hours as equivalent to one credit.
Credit Accumulation And Qualification
Each undergraduate course is worth 12 credits, which will accrue towards your qualification. When you complete your studies, whether or not you have earned a qualification, you will be issued with a transcript detailing all your courses and
the credits you have earned.
You need to accumulate 120 credits to be awarded a qualification at Higher Certificate level and 360 credits for a Bachelor of Theology. The Bachelor of Theology Honours requires 120 credits above a Bachelor’s degree. An additional 180
credits are needed to obtain the Masters degree (i.e., 660 credits in total), and a further 360 credits for the Doctor of
Once you have met all the requirements for your chosen qualification, you will be awarded the qualification.
NQF LEVELS, NOTIONAL HOURS AND CREDITS: THE DEFINITIONS NQF LEVEL DESCRIPTORS Level descriptors, as the nomenclature suggests, provide a description of each of the ten levels on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The purpose of such description is to assist a writer of standards or qualifications in designing a qualification by allocating a level to a unit standard or a qualification, and to formulate outcomes and criteria for assessment that could clearly indicate the level of knowledge of a learner required to successfully achieve the unit standard or qualification.
NQF LEVEL BAND QUALIFICATION TYPE 10 HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING • Post-doctoral research degrees • Doctorates 9 • Masters degrees 8 • Professional 4-year Bachelor’s degrees • Bachelor Honours degrees 7 • Bachelor’s degrees • Advanced diplomas • (3rd year level) 6 • Diplomas • Advanced Certificates • (1st and 2nd year level) 5 FURTHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING • Higher certificates • Foundation modules 1-4 GENERAL EDUCATION & TRAINING • National certificates In line with the level descriptors, qualifications and unit standards are registered at the
specified level of the NQF with a number of credits allocated to it. This means that a learner could accumulate credits for successful completed unit standards towards a qualification making learning more flexible to meet learner needs. If additional information is required about the new NQF levels, please visit Level descriptors (July 2004) included in the official documentation on the following website:
NOTIONAL LEARNING HOURS ‘Notional learning hours’ are the estimated learning time taken by the ‘average’ student to achieve the specified learning outcomes of the course-unit or programme.
They are therefore not a precise measure but provide students with an indication of the amount of study and degree of commitment expected. Notional learning time includes teaching contact time (lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory practical’s, workshops, fieldwork etc.), time spent on preparing and carrying out formative and summative assessments (written coursework, oral presentations, exams etc.) and time spent on private study, whether in term-time or the vacations.
Notional Learning Time The number of hours, which it is expected a learner (at a particular level) will spend, on average, to achieve the specified learning outcomes at that level. It includes all learning relevant to achievement of the learning outcomes e.g. directed study, essential practical work, project work, private study and assessment. Credit provides a means of quantifying learning outcomes achievable in notional learning hours at a given level. • One credit is awarded for 10 notional hours of successful learning activity. • Notwithstanding the link between credit and notional learning time, the emphasis of assessment should be upon learning achieved and not time served. • Credit is awarded for the achievement of specified learning outcomes. No additional credit can be awarded for achievement above the threshold level (although such achievement can be recognised through the award of marks or grades). Notional learning time Taught or contact time will vary according to the mode of delivery, but notional learning time will not. All learning relevant to the learning outcomes should be considered when notional learning time is being estimated.
Consideration should also be given to the level at which the learning is being offered. Notional learning time is not equivalent to the actual time that any particular learner needs to spend in order to achieve the learning outcomes. The real time will vary according to the individual's capability, degree of prior experiential or other learning and the mode of learning, for example, in the case of work based learning the actual time spent in the workplace may greatly exceed the notional time required to achieve the specified learning outcomes. Any prior skill or knowledge required of the learner should not be included in an estimate of notional learning time. Higher Education uses the 10-hour credit which means that each credit awarded equates with 10 notional hours of successful learning. The notional learning time encompasses all time (formal classes, self-study, reading, searching the internet for information, writing assignments) spent by the learner in pursuit of achieving the designated learning outcomes. The emphasis is on the term 'notional' because it is well known that the actual time which learners need to achieve designated learning outcomes varies
considerably. It is based on how long it would take an average full-time student entering a university and studying that subject, at that level, for the first time would take to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding to achieve the learning outcomes. So it is presumed that an 'average' student will take 200 hours to successfully achieve a 20 credit module.