Doctor of Theology

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Starts: 29 August, 2016
Duration : 3-4 Years
Instructors: Doctor of Theology
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General Description and Program Goals

Doctor of Theology is a highest academic degree awarded by The Reformed University. The objective of the Doctor of Theology is to equip scholars for teaching and research in colleges, theological seminaries, and universities and church leadership. The program is designed for people who are capable of doing research at the highest level with a view to become scholars and educational leaders in various fields of Christian ministry. The students will define their own theological positions in communication with other perspective and have the academic freedom to explore the validity of other approaches in order to advance their training in independent investigation, academic research, critical and scholarly writings.

The Doctor of Theology is in continuity with the goal of the Master of Theology and Master of Divinity program, and is aimed particularly at training persons who, as professional theologians, would provide expertise in theological matters and leadership in theological issues in their own contexts.

The Doctor of Theology is awarded upon successful 63 units of course work consisting of elective course (27 semester units), concentration area : Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology and Practical Theology (24 semester units) and required course (12 semester units). The Course of study would tend towards the more strictly theological.


The objectives of the Doctoral Programs are:

  • To equip students with advanced theological perspectives and help them to further their exegetical and theological skills beyond their master studies;
  • To prepare students who received a calling in ministry which requires the highest level of exegetical and theological training;
  • To help the students to reflect on the day-to-day practice of ministry and complete a significant, scholarly dissertation that has practical value for the Christian community.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the Doctor of Theology, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced comprehension of the biblical and theological foundations that inform Christian ministry;
  • Competently present their pastoral analysis and analytical thinking about ministry situations;
  • Demonstrate personal and spiritual maturity expressing devotion to God

Concentration Area Requirement

The Doctor of Theology requires a minimum of 24 course credit units (six courses) earned in concentration area. As part of the degree program, students will select one concentration area from;

Old Testament

New Testament

Systematic Theology

Practical Theology

Graduation Requirements

The Doctoral Degree is awarded upon successful completion 63 units of course work (with a 3.0 GPA or above) consisting of elective course(27 units), concentration course(24 units), required course(12 units), qualifying examinations, a dissertation project, and oral defense sessions based on the research in the area of the student’s concentration. The candidates for the Doctoral degree are required to write a dissertation and participate in oral defense sessions. The students may attempt to take qualifying exams no more than two times. The candidates for the Doctor’s degree are required to produce a practical dissertation with a theoretical (theological) framework. Details on the procedures and deadlines for the dissertation subject proposal, syllabus, first and final drafts, and oral defense can be consulted with the assigned professor or the school’s doctoral committee.

1. Written and Oral Qualifying Examination: Pass or Fail

2. Elective Courses : 27 Semester Units

All of the followings courses are required:

Code Title Unit
TD701 Cultural Theories, Identities, and Theologies 3 Units
TD702 Studying and Teaching the Bible II 3 Units
TD703 History of Christian Social Ethics 3 Units
TD704 Intermediate Hebrew 3 Units
TD705 Intermediate Greek 3 Units
TD706 Women and the Hebrew Bible 3 Units
TD707 Early Christianity 3 Units
TD708 Singing the Faith 3 Units
TD709 Chapel III 3 Units

3. Concentration Area (1) :  Old Testament : 24 Semester Units

Students will select six courses from the following : 

Code Title Unit
OT701 Advanced Theology Seminar I 4 Units
OT702 Advanced Theology Seminar II 4 Units
    OT703     Bible Exegesis II 4 Units
OT704 Advanced Hebrew 4 Units
OT705 Systematic Theology II 4 Units
OT706 Old Testament Survey II 4 Units
OT707 The Use of Old Testament in New Testament II 4 Units

4. Concentration Area (2) :  New Testament : 24 Semester Units

Students will select six courses from the following :

Code Title Unit
NT701 Advanced Theology Seminar I 4 Units
NT702 Advanced Theology Seminar II 4 Units
    NT703      Advanced Greek 4 Units
NT704 Bible Exegesis II 4 Units       
NT705 Systematic Theology II 4 Units
NT706 New Testament Survey II 4 Units
  NT707    The Use of Old Testament in New Testament II 4 Units

5. Concentration Area (3) :  Systematic Theology : 24 Semester Units

Students will select six courses from the following :

Code Title Unit
ST701 Advanced Theology Seminar I 4 Units
ST702 Advanced Theology Seminar II 4 Units
ST703 Theological Method and Bibliology 4 Units
ST704 Bible Exegesis II 4 Units
 ST705   Scripture Seminar 4 Units
ST706 Hebrew Scripture Seminar 4 Units 
ST707 Christology and Atonement 4 Units

6. Concentration Area (4) :  Practical Theology : 24 Semester Units

Students will select six courses from the following :

Code Title Unit
PT701 Advanced Theology Seminar I 4 Units
PT702 Advanced Theology Seminar II 4 Units
PT703 Advance Homiletic Theory and Practice 4 Units
PT704 Theology and Mission of Preaching 4 Units
  PT705    Biblical Preaching II 4 Units
PT706 A Searching for the Spiritual II 4 Units
PT707 Scriptural Life Implication 4 Units

7. Required Seminars: 12 Semester Units

All of the followings courses are required:

Code Title Unit
 OT800 Dissertation and Oral Defense   6 Units   
  TD801   Research Seminar III 3 Units
TD802 Research Seminar IV 3 Units

 Course Descriptions

TD701  Cultural Theories , Identities, and Theologies

This course explores theories of what constitutes culture, how those understandings of culture are affected by experiences of living in a variety of contexts, and what this understanding means for doing theology. It stands within the widespread international discourse which is exploring what is recognized as “the cultural turn” in theology. Through its attention to theories of culture and cultural encounter, this subject is foundational to cross-cultural awareness and provides a foundation for the expression of theology within that awareness.

TD702 Studying and Teaching the Bible II

This course is based upon the premise that teaching/learning in the church occurs at different levels and through a variety of techniques. This course will explore learning theories, teaching preparation, characteristics of the learner/environment, and will also analyze teaching techniques that will merge learner needs, expectations, and abilities with church curriculum needs.

T703  History of Christian Social Ethics

A study of the ethical thought of key figures and movements throughout Christian history to enable our own understandings of and commitment to Christian ethics. Through lectures and discussion of primary sources and secondary interpretations, the course will attempt to discern how varied segments of the Christian church have endeavored to formulate ethical norms and apply them to the moral issues of their day. Among those to be studied are: Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria, Augustine, Monasticism, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, the Anabaptists, Edwards, Wesley, the Social Gospel, Barth, Brunner, R. Niebuhr, and Stanley Hauerwas.

TD704  Intermediate Hebrew

The aim of this course is to continue the process of learning the Biblical Hebrew language. As such, the student will progress in his understanding of Hebrew grammar. Our intention is also to help the student acquire a significant Hebrew vocabulary, and to equip the student with some exegetical skills. In addition, the student will begin to read the book of Jonah in Hebrew.

TD705  Intermediate Greek

The foundation from Basic Greek consists of essential grammar, accidence, morphology, and vocabulary of New Testament Greek. This course will build upon that foundation by increasing the student’s knowledge and recognition of functional relationships among words, phrases, and clauses (syntax), by strengthening the student’s grasp of previous vocabulary, and by adding new vocabulary. Assignments will include reading, memorization, grammatical diagrams, grammatical analysis, and translation of various NT texts, use of Bible software and web resources for grammatical research and analysis, and preparation for class discussions.

TD706  Women and the Hebrew Bible

The Hebrew Bible commands laws and tells stories about women as war leaders, lovers,prophetesses and prostitutes, as well as ordinary daughters, mothers, and goddesses (possibly including God’s wife!). Formed in an ancient Near Eastern society, these laws and stories are still drawn on today to make religious rules, social roles and art. We will read these texts as works of art and factors in history: Who wrote them? What did these stories and laws say and do? What roles do their images carve out and what realities do they reflect and create? We will read Biblical texts in translation and draw on cultural anthropology, feminist theory,linguistics and archaeology to provide critical perspectives on ancient patriarchy and the state as well as modern secular-liberal notions of freedom and self.

TD707  Early Christianity

Students will examine the theological, social, historical, intellectual, cultural, political, and popular influences upon the development of early Christianity through the establishment of the imperial Christian church in the late 4th century.

TD708  Singing the Faith

The students will grow in their understanding of faith and their personal faith formation through: the reading of Scriptures, learning the significance of the Sacraments, and developing a community of faith through participation in group discussions, prayer, planning Liturgies and service outreach.

TD709  Chapel III

Chapel presentations address the imperatives of the Christian message related to worship, evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, and ministry. Through the course, students will gain an appreciation for the integration of faith, learning and vocation. Also, students will develop a personal spiritual journey through understand of the Bible and the practice of spiritual disciplines.

OT/NT/ST/PT701-702  Advanced Theology Seminar I & II

Explores the place of work within God’s kingdom program for history. The contours and major movements in God’s program to rule the creation provide the context for identifying the biblical understanding of the purpose and nature of work in the present age. These major movements include the pattern of work in the initial created order, patterns of work within the theocratic society of Israel, and finally work redeemed in the truth of Jesus Christ for the present age. Special attention is given to the place of the work in the believer’s spiritual formation and function in the church of Jesus Christ.

OT/703 NT/ST704 Bible Exegesis II

Pivotal methods and interpretative principles involved in discerning the meaning of the biblical text. Topics covered include essential steps in interpreting the Bible, the variety of methods and approaches available to the contemporary student of Scripture, historical and theological issues arising out of the interpretative task, the relationship between the testaments, word studies and literary genre. Students learn to use standard tools of biblical research.

OT704  Advanced Hebrew

A critical reading and translation of biblical, non-biblical, and post biblical Hebrew prose and poetic texts. We will concentrate during this semester on prose narrative tales culled from the Deuteronomistic History (Joshua-Kings), with occasional attention given (where relevant) to alternative intrabiblical or even extrabiblical renditions of the assigned readings (e.g., from the Liber antiquitatum biblicarum of Pseudo-Philo), pertinent material in the early versions (primarily Targum, but also Septuagint and Peshitta), Qumran and medieval manuscripts, rabbinic midrash, and the medieval commentaries (Rashi, Ibn Ezra, et al.).

OT/NT705 Systematic Theology II

This course is a study of Christology, giving particular emphasis to both the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. This course is designed to give students a concise introduction to the nature, history and methodology of systematic theology. It should also provide a helpful stimulus in understanding the relationship between the practice of one’s faith and the belief context into which that practice fits. The course will attempt to survey the material from an exegetical, biblical-theological, historical, and creedal basis, giving particular attention to points of interest and debate in our own time. And, the course will focus the nature of a theological vision, the inspiration and authority of Scripture, the interpretation of those Scriptures and the nature of the God whom we worship.

OT706  Old Testament Survey II

This course is provided an appreciation for and cohesive understanding of the major figures, events, and themes of the Old Testament and its foundational relationship to the New Testament. The objective follows directly from the first priority in the GCTS Mission Statement: “to become knowledgeable of God’s inerrant Word.”

OT/NT707 The Use of Old Testament in New Testament II

A study of how historical, exegetical, and theological themes of the Old Testament are developed in the New Testament. Special attention will also be given to how the hermeneutics of the New Testament writers should impact Christian interpretation of Scripture.

NT703  Advanced Greek

This course deals with selected New Testament writings with special study in Greek grammar. Class will consist of lectures, various activities, and class discussion. Since a large amount and a wide range of material will be covered during each class meeting, regular attendance is necessary to do well in the class. Roll will be taken, and a student who is consistently absent or ill-prepared should expect a lower grade.

NT706  New Testament Survey II

The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to the background and literature of the New Testament. After a background study of the historical and cultural factors of the inter biblical period and of pertinent political and geographical factors, the remainder of the course is devoted to a book-by-book study, including introductory matters for each book and a content summary. This course is a prerequisite to all New Testament Interpretation courses.

ST703  Theological Method and Bibliology

A study of prolegomena as the nature, method, and sources of theology; revelation, especially the inspiration, authority, sufficiency, inerrancy and canonicity of the Bible; and theological hermeneutics, including an introduction to dispensationalism. This course is prerequisite to all other Systematic Theology courses.

ST705  Scripture Seminar

This seminar focuses on the primary themes and fundamental issues shared by both Testaments. Students present papers for formal critique and discussion on relevant topics within the discipline of Biblical Theology.

ST706  Hebrew Scripture Seminar

This course aims to enrich students’ understanding of and appreciation for the contribution of the Hebrew Bible to systematic theology. Questions central to theological discussion are used to structure an investigation of the diverse responses to them found in the Hebrew Bible. Historically, biblical theology has been a part of the tradition of Christian interpretation, so its discussions and interests predominate in this course

ST707  Christology and Atonement

Scripture’s teaching on Christ’s atoning sacrifice will be examined in light of various theories of the atonement, both ancient and contemporary. Special concern will be shown to understand current models of the atonement, along with historical, philosophical, theological, and biblical interaction regarding their viability. Four hours.

PT703 Advance Homiletic Theory and Practice

This course is designed to enable advanced preaching students to build upon the foundation of constructing and practicing expository sermons learned in the foundation courses of homiletics and biblical studies. Students will be actively involved in the exegesis, the homiletical considerations, and the preaching of sermons.

PT704  Theology and Mission of Preaching

The work of the Christian ministry has many emotional hazards. This seminar will examine these hazards as they pertain to the mental and spiritual health of the ministry leader, attempting to assist the leader in identifying the areas of potential personal weakness and provide resources for dealing with the problems that arise in ministry. Attention will be given to aspects of the minister’s personal and family life, problems of anger, depression, assertiveness, relationships, etc. There will be two components to the seminar: a didactic session on the mental health of the minister which will cover three-quarters of the course material, and a component focusing on group support and discussion that will cover the other one-quarter.

PT705  Biblical Preaching II

This course is an introduction to the principles of preparing relevant biblical sermons. Lectures and exercises cover a stage-by-stage explanation of how preachers think as they prepare to preach. The aim of the course is to help students understand what is required to preach effectively and to practice what they understand. Recitation sessions provide opportunity for students to preach and have their efforts recorded on video for playback and critique by the professor.

PT706  Search for the Spiritual II

This course is designed to introduce to a history of Christian Spirituality from the beginning of Christianity to reformation. It is intended to explore spiritual trends and various mystics in Christian history. Also this course provides students with an opportunity to examine spiritual movements of each ages in the perspective of reformation

PT707  Spiritual Life Implication

This course will examine how one lives as a Christian in today’s world from a Christian perspective based upon Scripture, Tradition and Magisterial teaching. This course seeks to enable students to become a more effective pastoral staff through exposing them to Biblical norms and other proven models of ministry; by encouraging students to reflect on their previous experiences of caring for others; and by developing personal criteria and goals which will inform and promote their pastoral ministry in the future. Students will have opportunities to grow in self-knowledge through introspection, reflection, writing and inquiry and in self-awareness as to why people make the moral choices they make. Topics include theories of moral and social development, natural law, sin, virtues, vices, the Beatitudes and Commandments.

OT800 Dissertation and Oral Defense

This is a required seminar designed to assist the participant through the project design phase of their Doctor’s Program. Completing an approved proposal is one of the final steps that moves a participant to Candidacy status and allows the participant to proceed with the implementation and completion of their project. A review of the various research paradigms will assist the participant to design their doctoral project whether they use qualitative research (ethnographic), action-reflection or quantitative research. It is anticipated that participants will complete a penultimate draft of the project proposal during the seminar.

TD801-802  Research Seminar III-IV

Designed to give students a working knowledge of the materials and methods used in theological research. Emphasizes philosophical analysis, theological bibliography, critical methods of reading and studying, research methodology, and thesis writing.


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