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"Divinity is commonly defined, the doctrine of living to God; and by some [Petrus van Mastricht] who seem to be more accurate, the doctrine of living to God by Christ." Edwards

Degree Programs

Degree Programs Overview

I. UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

1.B.BS. in BIBLICAL STUDIES

2.B.CC. in CHRISTIAN COUNSELING

3.B.CE. in CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

II. GRADUATE STUDIES

1. M.Div.

2. M.CC.

3. M.CE.

4. M.CF.

5. TH.M.

5. D.CPH. or Ph.D.(in FL)

6. D.MIN.

7. TH.D.

8. D.MISS.

9. MBA & DBA (in FL)

Bachelors

Bachelor Degree Requirements 100 Hours

· Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

· A high-school diploma from an accredited school, or equivalent.

· A cumulative high-school Grade Point Average of at least 2.5 or greater.

· Successfully complete a minimum of 132 units of the following coursework with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

· Successfully complete 40 units of core-division courses.

· Successfully complete 40 units of major-division courses.

· Successfully complete 40 units of elective-division courses.

· Successfully complete the degree requirements within the time limit.

B.BS. BACHELOR OF BIBLICAL STUDIES

Purpose:

The primary purpose of the Bachelor of Theology in Biblical Studies is to equip persons for competent introductory leadership in some form of specialized ministry in congregations and other settings. It also provides the foundations for a basic understanding of theological disciplines in preparation for graduate study. It also aims to serve as a scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice and preparation for some forms of basic teaching in Biblical Studies.

DEGREE PROGRAM SUMMARY

Part I - Core Courses 40

Par II - Major Courses 30

Par III - Elective Courses 20

Part IV - Thesis 10 Total Credit Hours Required 100

Part I - Core Courses (45 hours)

  • Old Testament Survey (4)

  • New Testament Survey (4)

  • Intro to the Bible I (4)

  • Life of Christ I & II (3)

  • Introduction to Bible Study Methods (3)

  • Life of Paul I & II (3)

  • Introduction to Evangelism (3)

  • Exegesis Book of Acts I & II (3)

  • Introduction to Apologetics (3)

  • Christian History I (4)

  • Introduction to Missions (3)

  • Biblical Languages I: Greek (3)

  • Biblical Languages II: Hebrew (3)

  • Comparative Religion (3)

Part II - Major Courses (35 hours)

  • Systematic / Historical Theology I & II (3)

  • Apologetics I (3)

  • Introduction to Systematic Theology (4)

  • Hermeneutics I & II (3)

  • Exegesis Book of Romans (3)

  • Books of Moses I & II (3)

  • Introduction to Bibliology (4)

  • Evangelism I & II (3)

  • Bible Study Methods II (3)

  • Interdisciplinary Theology Method (3)

  • Homiletics I (3)

  • Church History II (4)

    Part III - Elective Courses (30 hours)

  • Advanced Biblical Exegesis (3)

  • Topics in Christian Ethics (3)

  • Introduction to Comparative Theology (3)

  • Special Studies in the Life of Christ (3)

  • Studies in the Pauline Epistles (3)

  • Advanced Apologetics (3)

  • Hermeneutics III: Advanced Interpretation (3)

  • Theological Perspectives on Contemporary Issues (3)

  • Advanced Homiletics (3)

  • Special Topics in Church History (4)

Degree Requirements: 100 Hours

B.CC. BACHELOR OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING

Purpose:

The primary purpose of the Bachelor of Theology in Christian Counseling is to equip persons for competent introductory leadership in some form of specialized ministry in congregations and other settings. It also provides the foundations for a basic understanding of theological disciplines in preparation for graduate study. It also aims to serve as a scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice and preparation for some forms of basic ministerial counseling.

Core Curriculum:

· Old Testament Survey (4)

· New Testament Survey (4)

· Intro to the Bible I (3)

· Life of Christ I & II (3)

· Introduction to Bible Study Methods (3)

· Life of Paul I & II (3)

· Introduction to Evangelism (3)

· Exegesis Book of Acts I & II (3)

· Introduction to Apologetics (3)

· Christian History I (4)

· Introduction to Missions (3)

Major Curriculum:

· Christian History I (3)

· Introduction to Missions (3)

· Introduction to Christian Counseling (3)

· Biblical Psychology I (4)
Introduction to Systematic Theology (3)

· Exegesis Book of Romans (3)

· Ecclesiology (4)

· Biblical Leadership (3)

· Christian Ethics I (3)

· Anthropology (4)

· Soteriology (4)

· Systematic / Historical Theology I (3)

· Balancing the Christian Life (3)

· Christian Philosophy I (4)

· Christian Counseling I & II (3)

Degree Requirements: 100 Hours

B.CE. BACHELOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Purpose:

The primary purpose of the Bachelor of Theology in Christian Education is to equip persons for competent introductory leadership in some form of specialized ministry in congregations and other settings. It also provides the foundations for a basic understanding of theological disciplines in preparation for graduate study. It also aims to serve as a scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice and preparation for some forms of basic teaching.

Core Curriculum

· Apologetics I (3)

· Exegesis Book of Matthew (3)

· Exegesis Book of Philippians (3)

· Old Testament Survey (3)

· New Testament Survey (3)

· Intro to the Bible I (3)

· Life of Christ I & II (3)
Introduction to Bible Study Methods (3)

· Life of Paul I & II (3)

· Introduction to Evangelism (3)

· Exegesis Book of Acts I & II (3)

· Introduction to Apologetics (3)

· Christian History I (3)

· Introduction to Missions (3)

Major Curriculum

· Introduction to Apologetics (3)

· Survey of the History of Christianity (3)

· Introduction to Systematic Theology (3)

· Bible Study Methods (3)

· Apologetics I (3)

· Exegesis Book of Matthew (3)

· Exegesis Book of Philippians (3)

· Exegesis Book of Romans (3)

· Jesus the Teacher I & II (3)

· Principles of Teaching I & II (3)

· Exegesis Book of Romans (3)

· Systematic / Historical Theology I (3)

· Research Skills (3)

· Christian Counseling I (3)

· Balancing the Christian Life (3)

· Evangelism I (3)

Divinity comprehends all that is taught in the Scriptures, and so all that we need to know, or is to be known, concerning God and Jesus Christ, concerning our duty to God, and our happiness in God." Edwards

Masters

Master Degree Requirements

· A bachelor’s degree from a state-approved or regionally or nationally accredited institution, or equivalent.

· Successfully complete a minimum of 90 units for M.Div. 90, 30 for Th.M. 60 for M.CC. & M.CE with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

· Maintain GPA at 2.0, with no grade less than a "C."

· Satisfactorily complete all coursework over five quarters’ time (approximately twenty months’ chronological time).

· Successfully complete the degree requirements within the time limit.

M.Div. Master of Divinity

Part I - Core Courses 35

Par II - Major Courses 45

Part III - Thesis 10

Total Credit Hours Required 90

Purpose:

The Master of Divinity provides the foundation for advanced study and a successful career in church leadership. The EU’s pastorally oriented curriculum emphasizes the significance of the gospel, the church and the kingdom of God. Prepare for your mission and capture the crucial components of a well-rounded theological education that inspire a life of faithful ministry.

In our Master of Divinity program, you are exposed to a profound depth of religious inquiry and biblical and theological study to increase your wisdom. From a scholarly perspective, you investigate the Christian faith and various religions and ideologies throughout the world. Through a progression of learning, you also gain insight in the areas of Christian ethics, preaching and apologetics.

The MDiv Online or Residency is strategically designed to further your learning in a conference-style environment at key points within the program of study. During MDiv, you are equipped to minister with wisdom and sensitivity in the local church and other Christian organizations.

· Introduction to Apologetics (4)

· Survey of the History of Christianity (4)

· Weeklong Seminar (3)

· Life of Jonathan Edwards (3)

· Discipleship Ministries (3)

· Contemporary Evangelism (3)

· Thought of Jonathan Edwards (4)

· Preparation of the Sermon (3)

· Foundations of Expository Teaching & Preaching (3)

· Biblical Foundations of Leadership (3)

· New Testament Orientation I (4)

· New Testament Orientation II (4)

· Hermeneutics (4)

· Greek Language Tools (5)

· Beginning Greek I(5)

· Old Testament Orientation I (4)

· Old Testament Orientation II (4)

· Hebrew Language Tools (5)

· Beginning Hebrew I (5)

· Introduction to Pastoral Counseling (4)

· Premarital & Marital Counseling (4)

· Research, Writing & Ministry Preparation (3)

· Systematic Theology I (5)

· Systematic Theology II (5)

· Public Theology (3)

· Historical Development of Christian Theology (4)

· Revival History (4)

· History of Baptists / Presbyterians / Methodists (4)

M.CE. Master of Christian Education

The Master of Christian Education program, consisting of 45 credit hours, is designed to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of Christian education principles and practices. Divided into Core Courses, Major Courses, and a Thesis component, this program offers a robust educational experience. Through a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application, students will be prepared to serve effectively in various educational ministry roles within the Christian community.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will possess the skills and knowledge to facilitate educational programs, develop curriculum, and engage in effective teaching methods within a Christian context. The Master of Christian Education program aims to empower students to become impactful leaders in Christian educational settings, fostering spiritual growth and discipleship among learners.

DEGREE PROGRAM SUMMARY

Part I - Core Courses 20

Par II - Major Courses 20

Part III - Thesis 5

Total Credit Hours Required 45

M.CC. Christian Counselling

The Master of Christian Counseling provides a Biblical and theological foundation for Christian counseling, emphasizing the church’s theological heritage as an important resource in each student’s personal spiritual development and ministry. The program can be taken online or in class or through guided independent studies by Edwards University. The curriculum provides counseling training from the perspective of the Christian worldview. Students will receive preparation to serve as Christian counselors or educational ministers in a church-based ministry. The program enables students to do the following: perform ministry roles with a solid understanding the psychological aspect of human growth; develop Christian counseling skills to address spiritual, relational, and emotional needs of individuals; and communicate theological and Biblical truths through counseling and other appropriate means. Master of Religious Counseling graduates will be equipped to apply empathic interpersonal skills in the context of the counseling environment to help people resolve relational, behavioral, and spiritual issues and problems.

M.CE Master of Christian Education

Part I - Core Courses 20

Par II - Major Courses 20

Part III - Thesis 5

Total Credit Hours Required 45

Common Curriculum Pool for Master of Education and Counselling

· History of Christianity (3)

· Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)

· Intro to Biblical Counseling (3)

· Pastoral Theology (3)

· Biblical Psychology (3)

· The Biblical Counselor (3)

· Theology 1 (3)

· Methods in Mentoring (3)

· Counseling & Psychology (3)

· Introduction to Philosophy (3)

· Theology 2 (3)

· Christian Ethics (3)

· Counseling Seminar (3)

· Homiletics Practicum (3)

· Bible Elective (3)

· Counseling Women / Men (3)

· Counseling Problems & Procedures (3)

· The Christian Home (3)

· Counseling Techniques (3)

· Teaching Process (3)

· Marriage & Family (3)

· History and Philosophy of Christian Education (3)

· Puritanism (3)

· Biblical Counseling (3)

· Pastoral Theology (3)

· Biblical Psychology (3)

· The Biblical Counselor (3)

· Systematic Theology I (3)

· Methods in Mentoring (3)

· Counseling & Psychology (3)

· Introduction to Philosophy (3)

· Systematic Theology II

· Christian Ethics (3)

· Calvin and Calvinism (3)

· Homiletics (3)

· Biblical Psychology (3)

· Christian Apologetics (3)

· History of Christian Philosophy (3)

· Biblical hermeneutics (3)

Master of Christian Family Studies

Purpose: The Master of Christian Family Studies program is designed to equip individuals with a deep understanding of Biblical principles and Edwardsean wisdom to strengthen and nurture Christian families. Through a comprehensive curriculum, students will explore various aspects of family life, including marriage enrichment, parenting studies, family dynamics, spiritual development, counseling, and societal trends, preparing them to serve as effective counselors, educators, and ministers within family-focused ministries.

Degree Program Summary:

  • Part I - Core Courses: 20 credit hours

  • Part II - Major Courses: 20 credit hours

  • Part III - Thesis: 5 credit hours

  • Total Credit Hours Required: 45

Master of Christian Family Studies Curriculum:

Part I - Core Courses:

  1. Foundations of Family Studies (3)

  2. Biblical Perspectives on Family Dynamics (3)

  3. Christian Principles of Marriage Enrichment (3)

  4. Parenting in the Christian Home (3)

  5. Spiritual Development within the Family (3)

  6. Counseling Skills for Family Ministry (3)

  7. Contemporary Social Issues Affecting Christian Families (3)

  8. Intergenerational Ministry in Family Contexts (3)

Part II - Major Courses:

  1. Advanced Marriage Enrichment (3)

  2. Advanced Parenting Studies (3)

  3. Advanced Family Counseling Techniques (3)

  4. Biblical Approaches to Conflict Resolution in Families (3)

  5. Research Methods in Family Studies (3)

Part III - Thesis:

  • Thesis Research and Writing (5)

Th.M. Master of Theology

DEGREE PROGRAM SUMMARY

Part I - Core Courses 15

Par II - Major Courses 15

Part III - Thesis 6

Total Credit Hours Required 36

The Th.M. (Master of Theology) program serves as a pivotal bridge, offering a transition for individuals seeking to enter a doctorate program or as a standalone terminal degree, contingent upon one's unique educational background and the institution of study.

This program is tailored for those who hold a baccalaureate degree and have completed the MDiv degree or equivalent first graduate theological degree. It is meticulously crafted to prepare students for advanced theological scholarship, research, and teaching within their chosen field of theological inquiry.

The primary objective of the Th.M. program is to provide students with a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of their major theological discipline. Through rigorous academic exploration and critical inquiry, students will develop advanced research skills and scholarly acumen. Moreover, the program fosters a commitment to excellence in teaching, equipping students to effectively communicate complex theological concepts and insights.

Upon completion of the Th.M. program, graduates will emerge as proficient scholars equipped to contribute meaningfully to theological discourse and engage in impactful teaching within academic and ecclesiastical settings. The Th.M. journey is an enriching experience that cultivates intellectual curiosity, theological depth, and a passion for lifelong learning.

· Puritanism (3)

· Biblical Counseling (3)

· Pastoral Theology (3)

· Biblical Psychology (3)

· The Biblical Counselor (3)

· Systematic Theology I (3)

· Methods in Mentoring (3)

· Counseling & Psychology (3)

· Introduction to Philosophy (3)

· Systematic Theology II

· Christian Ethics (3)

· Calvin and Calvinism (3)

· Homiletics (3)

· Biblical Psychology (3)

· Christian Apologetics (3)

· History of Christian Philosophy (3)

· Biblical hermeneutics (3)

· Thesis (6, Required)

Doctors

D.CPH. Doctor of Christian Philosophy (in VA campus) or Ph.D. (in FL )

DEGREE PROGRAM SUMMARY

Part I - Core Courses 15

Par II - Major Courses 14

Part III - Thesis 25

Total Credit Hours Required 54

· Apologetics

· Biblical Studies

· Christian Counseling

· Christian Education

· Historical Theology

· Systematic Theology

D.CPH. Requirements:

  1. Duration: Typically requires at least three academic years of full-time study, either online or in residency, with continuous registration in a "continuation" status from completion of coursework to completion of the dissertation.

  2. Coursework: Requires completion of twelve courses, with at least six courses related to a primary concentration and at least three courses related to a secondary concentration. The program may include a core seminar, typically taken in the Fall semester of the first year, which may count as one of the primary or secondary concentration courses.

  3. Grade Point Average (GPA): Students are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Falling below this level may result in dismissal from the program.

  4. Language Proficiency: Students must demonstrate competence in two modern languages other than English. Additional proficiencies may be required based on the student's research interests. For students focusing on Scripture, proficiency in Hebrew and Greek is also required.

  5. Written Preliminary Examinations: Typically includes exams in the primary and secondary areas of concentration, as well as a dissertation exam.

  6. Oral Preliminary Examination: Involves an oral examination where members of the student's examination committee ask the student to discuss the issues addressed in the written examinations.

  7. Dissertation: Requires completion and defense of an academic dissertation within four years of completing preliminary examinations.

These requirements are quite rigorous and are designed to ensure that doctoral candidates demonstrate a deep understanding of their field of study and the ability to conduct original research at a high level.

Doctoral Curriculum Pool

  • Puritanism II (4)

  • Biblical Counseling II (4)

  • Pastoral Theology II (4)

  • Biblical Psychology II (4)

  • The Biblical Counselor II (4)

  • Systematic Theology II (4)

  • Methods in Mentoring (4)

  • Counseling & Psychology II (4)

  • Introduction to Christian Philosophy (4)

  • Christian Ethics II (3)

  • Calvin and Calvinism (4)

  • Homiletics II (4)

  • Biblical Psychology II (4)

  • Christian Apologetics II (4)

  • History of Christian Philosophy II (4)

  • Apologetics II (4)

  • Survey of the History of Christianity (3)

  • Weeklong Seminar (4)

  • Life of Jonathan Edwards (4)

  • Discipleship Ministries (4)

  • Contemporary Evangelism (4)

  • Thought of Jonathan Edwards (4)

  • Ministry of Jonathan Edwards (4)

  • Foundations of Expository Teaching & Preaching (3)

  • Biblical Foundations of Leadership (3)

  • New Testament Orientation II (4)

  • Old Testament Orientation II (4)

  • Hermeneutics (3)

  • Greek Language Tools (3)

  • Missiology (4)

  • Hebrew Grammar II (4)

  • Beginning Hebrew I (3)

  • Pastoral Counseling (4)

  • Premarital & Marital Counseling (4)

  • Research & Writing (4)

  • Public Theology (4)

  • History of Christian Theology (4)

  • Revival History (3)

  • Early Church History (4)

  • Biblical Hermeneutics III (4)

  • History of Christianity (4)

  • Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (4)

  • Biblical Counseling III (4)

  • The Biblical Counselor (3)

  • Calvin and Calvinism (4)

  • Methods in Mentoring (3)

  • Counseling & Psychology (3)

  • Introduction to Philosophy (3)

  • Modern Theology (4)

  • Christian Ethics II (4)

  • Counseling Seminar (3)

  • Homiletics Practicum (3)

  • Bible Elective (3)

  • Counseling Women / Men (4)

  • Counseling Problems & Procedures (3)

  • The Christian Home (3)

  • Counseling Techniques (3)

  • Teaching Process (3)

  • Marriage & Family (3)

  • History and Philosophy of Christian Education (3)

D.CPH. Doctor of Christian Philosophy in Apologetics

Part I - Core Courses 15

Par II - Major Courses 14

Part III - Dissertation 25

Total Credit Hours Required 54

Purpose:

The Doctor of CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY in Apologetics is primarily to equip persons for vocations of teaching and research in Apologetics majors and for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice.

D.CPH. Doctor of Christian Philosophy in Biblical Apologetics

Purpose:

The Doctor of Christian Philosophy in Biblical Studies is primarily to equip persons for vocations of teaching and research in Biblical Studies and for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice.

D.CPH. in Christian Counseling

Purpose:

The Doctor of CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY in Christian Counseling is primarily to equip persons for vocations of ministering and research in the Christian counseling arena and for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial counseling practice.

D.CPH. in Christian Education

Purpose:

The purpose of the Doctor of CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY in Christian Education degree is to equip persons for denominational or interdenominational leadership positions in the field of religious education, and for teaching and research.

D.CPH. in Christian Theology

Purpose:

The Doctor of Philosophy in Theology is primarily to equip persons for vocations of teaching and research in theology majors and for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice.

D.CPH. Systematic Theology

Purpose:

The Doctor of CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY in Systematic Theology is primarily to equip persons for vocations of teaching and research in theology majors and for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice.

D.CPH. Historical Theology

Purpose:

The Doctor of CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY in Historical Theology is primarily to equip persons for vocations of teaching and research in theology majors and for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice.

D.CPH. Historical Theology

Doctor of Christian Family Studies

Purpose: The Doctor of Christian Family Studies program is designed for individuals seeking advanced knowledge and expertise in the field of Christian family studies. Building upon foundational principles established in the master's program, the doctoral program offers specialized training in research, leadership, and advanced counseling skills to prepare graduates for leadership roles in academia, ministry, and counseling practice.

Degree Program Summary:

  • Part I - Core Courses: 15 credit hours

  • Part II - Major Courses: 25 credit hours

  • Part III - Dissertation: 15 credit hours

  • Total Credit Hours Required: 55

Doctor of Christian Family Studies Curriculum:

Part I - Core Courses:

  1. Advanced Biblical Perspectives on Family Dynamics (4)

  2. Advanced Christian Principles of Marriage Enrichment (4)

  3. Advanced Parenting Studies in Christian Contexts (3)

  4. Advanced Counseling Skills for Family Ministry (3)

  5. Advanced Research Methods in Family Studies (4)

Part II - Major Courses:

  1. Advanced Family Counseling Theory and Practice (4)

  2. Theological Foundations for Family Studies (4)

  3. Leadership in Family Ministries (3)

  4. Seminar in Family Dynamics and Systemic Therapy (3)

  5. Ethical Issues in Christian Family Counseling (4)

  6. Advanced Seminar in Intergenerational Ministry (3)

  7. Seminar in Cultural and Societal Trends Impacting Christian Families (3)

  8. Seminar in Technology and Media in Family Life (3)

Part III - Dissertation:

  • Dissertation Research and Writing (15)

This comprehensive program equips graduates with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to effectively address the complex challenges facing Christian families in today's world and to contribute positively to the strengthening and restoration of family units within Christian communities.

D.MIN DOCTOR OF MINISTRY

Purpose:

The purpose of the Doctor of Ministry degree is to enhance the practice of ministry for persons who have engaged in ministerial leadership.

D.Min. Requirements:

· Ordinarily at least three academic years of full-time (three courses per semester) online/distance or residency; continuous registration in a “continuation” status from completion of coursework to completion of the dissertation.

· The D.Min. core seminar, taken in the Fall semester of the first year, which may count as one of the primary or one of the secondary concentration courses.

· Maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of 3.0; a student who falls below this level will likely be dismissed from the program.

· Demonstrated competence in two modern languages other than English; additional proficiencies may be required in light of the student's particular research interests. Students whose work focuses on Scripture will also be required to demonstrate proficiency in Hebrew and Greek.

· Written preliminary examinations, including at least one in the primary area, one in the secondary area, and a dissertation exam.

· An oral preliminary examination during which members of the student's examination committee ask the student to discuss the issues treated in the written examinations.

· Completion and defense of an academic dissertation within four years of completing preliminary examinations.

DEGREE PROGRAM SUMMARY

Part I - Core Courses 15

Par II - Major Courses 8

Part III - Dissertation Work 25

Total Credit Hours Required 48

TH.D. Doctor of Theology

DEGREE PROGRAM SUMMARY

Part I - Core Courses 13

Par II - Major Courses 12

Part III - Dissertation Work 25

Total Credit Hours Required 50

Th.D. Requirements:

· Ordinarily at least three academic years of full-time (three courses per semester) online/distance or residency; continuous registration in a “continuation” status from completion of coursework to completion of the dissertation.

· Twelve courses: ordinarily at least six courses related to a primary concentration and at least three courses related to a secondary concentration.

· The Th.D. core seminar, taken in the Fall semester of the first year, which may count as one of the primary or one of the secondary concentration courses.

· Maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of 3.0; a student who falls below this level will likely be dismissed from the program.

· Demonstrated competence in two modern languages other than English; additional proficiencies may be required in light of the student's particular research interests. Students whose work focuses on Scripture will also be required to demonstrate proficiency in Hebrew and Greek.

· Written preliminary examinations, including at least one in the primary area, one in the secondary area, and a dissertation exam.

· An oral preliminary examination during which members of the student's examination committee ask the student to discuss the issues treated in the written examinations.

· Completion and defense of an academic dissertation within four years of completing preliminary examinations

Th.D. in Christian Apologetics

Purpose: The purpose of the Doctor of Theology in Apologetics is to provide a more advanced understanding of apologetic disciplines for further graduate study or for general educational purposes. The program may serve a variety of aims: preparation for some forms of teaching, the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice, or disciplined reflection on a specialized function in theology.

Th.D. in Biblical Studies

Purpose:

The purpose of the Doctor of Theology in Biblical Studies is to provide a more advanced understanding of Biblical Studies for further graduate study or for general educational purposes. The program may serve a variety of aims: preparation for some forms of teaching, the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice, or disciplined reflection on a specialized function in Biblical Studies.

Th.D. in Christian Counseling

Purpose:

The Doctor of Theology is the advanced academic degree program that prepares students for service as professional counselors. The program is designed to educate the whole person, developing the skills, values, and knowledge necessary for effective professional service, within the framework of reasoned Christian worldview. The program is focused on seriously integrating Christian values and principles with effective counseling techniques in order to provide the community and church with the best services possible. Candidates will choose their area of specialization and will do their doctoral project within that area. In their doctoral project, candidates may focus on counseling areas such as the following: crisis counseling, healing counseling, Biblical counseling, marriage and family counseling, and other areas.

Th.D. in Christian Education

Purpose:

The purpose of the Doctor of Theology in Christian Education is to enhance the practice of and theological reflection on educational ministry for persons who have engaged in educational ministry leadership.

Th.D. in Systematic / Historical Theology

Purpose:

The purpose of the Doctor of Theology in Systematic / Historical Theology is to provide a more advanced understanding of theological disciplines for further graduate study or for general educational purposes. The program may serve a variety of aims: preparation for some forms of teaching, the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice, or disciplined reflection on a specialized function in systematic theology.

D.MISS DOCTOR OF MISSIOLOGY

Part I - Core Courses 13

Par II - Major Courses 12

Part III - Dissertation Work 23

Total Credit Hours Required 48

Purpose:

The purpose of the Doctor of Missiology is to advance theologically competent mission leadership for the global church. Although graduates may be asked to teach missions, this degree is not primarily a teaching degree but a professional one. The emphasis of the degree is on knowledge, skills, and mission research, which result in practical applications for effective mission. This degree is not earned by the mere accumulation of credits.

Requirements:

· Students desiring admission to the D.Miss. program must have earned a accredited Master of Divinity, a Master of Arts in Missiology, or its equivalent from a accredited seminary.

· Students having earned a Master’s degree but lacking required hours may complete the additional hours through online/distance or on-campus study at Edwards University.

· The student must have completed his or her Master’s degree with a minimum grade point average of B+ (3.3 on a 4.0 scale).

· In most cases, a minimum of two years of appropriate field experience in cross-cultural ministry.

DBA Doctor of Business Administration (in Florida)

Part I - Core Courses 13

Par II - Major Courses 12

Part III - Dissertation Work 23

Total Credit Hours Required 48

Purpose Statement:

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program at Edwards University is committed to fostering the development of mission-driven business leaders who integrate biblical principles into their professional practice. Grounded in the belief that business can be a platform for advancing God's kingdom, our program seeks to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical framework necessary to excel as transformative agents in their respective fields. By blending rigorous academic inquiry with practical application, we aim to cultivate a community of business leaders who are not only financially successful but also dedicated to making a positive impact on society through their entrepreneurial endeavors.

Core Courses:

  1. Biblical Foundations of Business Ethics (4)

  2. Leadership in the Marketplace

  3. Strategic Management and Planning (4)

  4. Entrepreneurial Finance (4)

  5. Business Law and Ethics (4)

  6. Marketing Strategy and Brand Management (4)

  7. Organizational Behavior and Culture

  8. Global Business and Cross-Cultural Management

  9. Innovation and Creativity in Business

  10. Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability

  11. Data Analytics for Business Decision Making (4)

  12. Financial Management and Stewardship (4)

  13. Strategic Human Resource Management

  14. Technology and Business Transformation

  15. Business Mission and Vision Development

Major Courses:

  1. Missional Leadership and Entrepreneurship

  2. Kingdom Economics and Financial Management

  3. Business as Mission (BAM) Strategies

  4. Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing

  5. Sustainable Business Practices

  6. Ethical Leadership in Business

  7. Advanced Marketing for Mission-Driven Businesses

  8. Corporate Governance and Christian Values

  9. Strategic Innovation and Change Management

  10. Theology of Work and Business

  11. Cross-Cultural Business Communication

  12. Spiritual Formation for Business Leaders

  13. Philanthropy and Community Engagement

  14. Crisis Management and Resilience in Business

  15. Business Ethics and Decision Making in a Global Context

Five Christian effects of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program:

  1. Integration of Biblical Principles: The DBA program emphasizes the integration of biblical principles into business practices, guiding students to approach decision-making, leadership, and ethical considerations from a Christian perspective. This integration fosters a deeper understanding of business as a platform for reflecting God's values of justice, integrity, and stewardship.

  2. Missional Leadership Development: Through courses such as Missional Leadership and Entrepreneurship, students are equipped to lead with a missional mindset, viewing their businesses as opportunities for kingdom advancement. They learn to integrate their faith into their leadership roles, prioritizing service, compassion, and holistic well-being of employees, customers, and communities.

  3. Ethical Business Practices: Ethical Leadership in Business and Business Ethics and Decision Making in a Global Context courses emphasize the importance of upholding ethical standards in all business operations. Students are challenged to apply biblical principles to navigate complex ethical dilemmas, promoting honesty, fairness, and accountability in their business practices.

  4. Social Responsibility and Impact Investing: The DBA program educates students on the significance of corporate social responsibility and impact investing from a Christian perspective. Courses like Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing encourage students to leverage their business skills and resources to address social and environmental challenges, demonstrating love and compassion in action.

  5. Community Engagement and Philanthropy: Philanthropy and Community Engagement courses inspire students to actively engage with and serve their communities in meaningful ways. By incorporating principles of generosity, service, and compassion, students learn to use their business acumen to uplift and empower marginalized populations, contributing to the flourishing of society and the advancement of God's kingdom.

  • Potential Careers:

    1. Author or Speaker

    2. Christian Educator at Christian Schools

    3. College and Seminary Professor

    4. Evangelist

    5. Missionary

    6. Christian Business Leader

    7. Pastor

    8. Pastoral Counselor

    9. Worship Leader

    10. Seminar Leader

    11. Life Coach and Mentor

    12. Counselor

    13. Youth or Children’s Pastor

    14. Devoted Parent

Our Services

We offer comprehensive degree programs in biblical studies, counseling and education, divinity, theology, missiology, MBA, and DBA.

Biblical Studies
Counseling and Education

Our biblical studies programs equip students to interpret and apply Scripture, while our counseling and education programs prepare students for careers in guidance and support based on Christian principles

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