Doctor of Theology Program Key
The ThD program is a 48 credit hour dissertation-only degree program following the Oxford method of education. There are four components to this program: Completion of a Preliminary Research Topic Form, Dissertation Proposal , construction of the dissertation, and dissertation review/defense.
Doctor of Ministry Prerequisites
Applicants to the Doctor of Theology (ThD) program should possess a Master of Divinity (MDiv) or its equivalent (e.g., a graduate degree of 60credit ours in a related discipline). Students who do not possess an MDiv or equivalent may still apply but will likely need to complete graduate coursework to achieve the prerequisite. Students who possess a graduate degree in either biblical or theological studies or religion will be required to complete graduate coursework to achieve the prerequisite. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree of 120 credit hours of coursework (30 credit hours in Bible, theology, ministry, etc.) in a related discipline and who possess a graduate degree of less than 60 credit hours in a related discipline may gain entrance into the ThD program by exception.
Four Quick FAQs about the ThD Program
This is a dissertation only program.
Turabian citation/pagination style must be used.
ThD dissertations must consist of 200 pages of primary research.
ThD students must contact their supervisor and provide an update of their progress once a month.
I. Preliminary Research Topic Form
Applicants to the ThD program should first complete and submit a Preliminary Research Topic Form. While not a research proposal, this form will provide the broad strokes of your dissertation giving your supervisor a means to evaluate your writing abilities, familiarity with the desired topic, and your grasp of relevant skills.
Download the form here: Preliminary Research Topic Form
II. Dissertation Proposal
A dissertation proposal is the articulation of your research plan and a description of your objectives, methodology, and sources. Carefully complete the proposal template.
Download the template here: Research Proposal Template for Theses and Dissertations
III. Construct and Submit a Dissertation
The construction of a dissertation affords you the opportunity to conduct scholarly research into the area of your choice, albeit limited to a relevant discipline. Your dissertation must be no less than 200 pages (double-spaced) and be in accordance with Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, esp. 371-408. A dissertation must interact significantly with primary sources, resulting in credible and helpful research, critique, and evaluation. Your supervisor will offer constructive critique of your work throughout the program, helping to prepare your work for committee review. Upon completion and approval from your supervisor, submit your dissertation in either .doc or .docx format.
IV. Dissertation Review/Defense
The Dissertation Review Committee will thoroughly review your dissertation. The committee will either issue a submission approval and accept your thesis as fulfillment of the requirements of the degree program, or the thesis will be returned for further clarification or correction. An oral or written defense of certain aspects of your dissertation may be required. Once approved, FTS will issue your degree and make your dissertation available in our open source format.