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Degree Programs



Degree Programs

  • Certificate of Theological Studies (1 Year)
  • Associate of Theological Studies (2 Years)
  • Ministerial Diploma (3 Years)
  • Bachelor of Theological Studies (4 Years)
  • Master of Theological Studies
  • Doctor of Ministry in Theological Studies (D.Min.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies (Ph.D.)

Certificate of Theological Studies (1 Year)

Dardah University brings a  commitment to theological  training within the Christian and Jewish context. While Dardah curriculum is deep-rooted in a  interdenominational heritage, it remains open-ended and adaptable to any immediate cultural context. Dardah encourages students studying in Resource Centers to apply their educational experience to their community  environment, denomination, and faith.

Requirements At-a-glance

  • To Enroll in Theological Studies
  • Complete 10 courses

Associate of Theological Studies (2 Years)

Dardah University brings a  commitment to theological  training within the Christian and Jewish context. While Dardah curriculum is deep-rooted in a  interdenominational heritage, it remains open-ended and adaptable to any immediate cultural context. Dardah encourages students studying in Resource Centers to apply their educational experience to their community  environment, denomination, and faith.

Requirements At-a-glance

  • Hold an Certificate in Theological Studies (1 Year)
  • Complete 10 courses

Ministerial Diploma (3 Years)

Dardah University brings a  commitment to theological  training within the Christian and Jewish context. While Dardah curriculum is deep-rooted in a  interdenominational heritage, it remains open-ended and adaptable to any immediate cultural context. Dardah encourages students studying in Resource Centers to apply their educational experience to their community  environment, denomination, and faith.

Requirements At-a-glance

  • Hold an Associate in Theological Studies (2 Years)
  • Complete 10 course

Bachelor of Theological Studies (4 Years)

The Bachelor of Theological Studies degree focuses on historical, systematic, and biblical theology. Professional ministry issues are not a focus of this program. Nevertheless, the program is designed to provide a theological foundation for ministerial service. Most students transfer in from the three-year Ministerial Diploma program, but if you’ve earned 90 credits in ministry, theology, Bible, or the humanities from another recognized college or University, you should be able to transfer into the Bachelor’s degree completion program. This program is offered in Portuguese and Spanish.

Requirements At-a-glance

  • Hold a Ministerial Diploma (3 Years)
  • Complete 10 courses
  • Thesis or research project of 50 pages

Goals for the Bachelor of Theological Studies Degree

  • To give students a biblical and theological foundation for effective ministry
  • To build the student’s understanding and application of the theological aspects of ministry
  • To broaden the student’s ministry perspective to include urban and global realities with a Christian worldview
  • To provide students with knowledge of a range of basic theological disciplines
  • To prepare students to bring theological disciplines into creative and critical interaction with other disciplines
  • To provide students with a critical and contextual appropriation and appreciation of Christian tradition
  • To provide an opportunity to develop his/her ability to think and to analyze theologically
  • To prepare students further graduate study, including the Master of Divinity and/or Doctor of Ministry.

After completing the Bachelor of Theological Studies Degree, you will be able to:

  • Grasp the basic content and structure of the Old and New Testaments of Scripture as well as to understand the broad storyline of the Bible.
  • Develop sensitivity to issues and procedures in interpretation of the text so that with a facility in the original languages the student will be able to communicate the message of that Scripture in a way that stays faithful to the intention of the text and is relevant for people today.
  • Gain an awareness of the unique beliefs of the Christian faith and an understanding of the evidence on which that faith is based as well as a sense of how to apply basic biblical principles to life’s ethical issues.
  • Formulate and articulate a distinctively Christian worldview.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning.
  • Deepen Christian character and personal spiritual life, acquire the ability to think as a Christian about life and culture, and use resources to derive answers for developing issues in a pluralistic world.
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the Bible and theology and the ability to integrate this knowledge with daily life and work.
  • Communicate the Christian faith and its theological identity in private and in public.
  • Minister to people personally and facilitate the ministry of persons for whom they have leadership responsibilities.
  • Function as a lifelong learner and apply understanding of the developmental process and learning to facilitate learning among other people.
  • Demonstrate competent skills in the study and interpretation of the scriptures and their personal and community applications.
  • Articulate a theological and historical understanding of the Christian faith and its ethical implications for the individual, community, and Christian ministry.
  • Continue to grow in one’s relationship with Christ through the practices of spiritual formation.
  • Apply cognitive disciplines that foster continued growth and effectiveness in Christian living and ministry.

Master of Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies degree focuses on historical, systematic, and biblical theology. Professional ministry issues are not a focus of this program. The program is designed to provide a theological foundation for ministerial service.

Requirements At-a-glance

  • A Bachelor of Theological Studies
  • Complete 10 courses
  • Thesis of 75 pages

Degree Emphasis Options

  • Theology
  • Christian Counseling

Goals for the Bachelor of Theological Studies Degree

  • To give students a biblical and theological foundation for effective ministry
  • To build the student’s understanding and application of the theological aspects of ministry
  • To broaden the student’s ministry perspective to include urban and global realities with a Christian worldview
  • To provide students with knowledge of a range of basic theological disciplines
  • To prepare students to bring theological disciplines into creative and critical interaction with other disciplines
  • To provide students with a critical and contextual appropriation and appreciation of Christian tradition
  • To provide an opportunity to develop his/her ability to think and to analyze theologically
  • To prepare students further graduate study, including the Master of Divinity and/or Doctor of Ministry.

After completing the Bachelor of Theological Studies Degree, you will be able to:

  • Grasp the basic content and structure of the Old and New Testaments of Scripture as well as to understand the broad storyline of the Bible.
  • Develop sensitivity to issues and procedures in interpretation of the text so that with a facility in the original languages the student will be able to communicate the message of that Scripture in a way that stays faithful to the intention of the text and is relevant for people today.
  • Gain an awareness of the unique beliefs of the Christian faith and an understanding of the evidence on which that faith is based as well as a sense of how to apply basic biblical principles to life’s ethical issues.
  • Formulate and articulate a distinctively Christian worldview.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning.
  • Deepen Christian character and personal spiritual life, acquire the ability to think as a Christian about life and culture, and use resources to derive answers for developing issues in a pluralistic world.
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the Bible and theology and the ability to integrate this knowledge with daily life and work.
  • Communicate the Christian faith and its theological identity in private and in public.
  • Minister to people personally and facilitate the ministry of persons for whom they have leadership responsibilities.
  • Function as a lifelong learner and apply understanding of the developmental process and learning to facilitate learning among other people.
  • Demonstrate competent skills in the study and interpretation of the scriptures and their personal and community applications.
  • Articulate a theological and historical understanding of the Christian faith and its ethical implications for the individual, community, and Christian ministry.
  • Continue to grow in one’s relationship with Christ through the practices of spiritual formation.
  • Apply cognitive disciplines that foster continued growth and effectiveness in Christian living and ministry.

Doctor of Ministry in Theological Studies (D. Min.)

The Doctor of Ministry in Theological Studies degree program is designed to serve the need of ministers for an experience of continuing education, which renews the personal life of faith, further develops professional competence, and stimulates continued growth in biblical and theological foundations for ministry. The purpose of this degree program is to equip the student for a higher level of competence in the practice of ministry.

Requirements At-a-glance

  • Hold a Master of Theological Studies
  • Complete 10 courses
  • Thesis of 125 pages

Degree Emphasis Options

  • Theology
  • Christian Counseling

Nature of the Program

Admission to the Doctor of Ministry Program is on the basis of high competence in theology and ministry, as well as motivation to do research in a recognized area of ministry. Competence in theology may be demonstrated by having completed a minimum of a Master of Arts in Theology degree or equivalent with a balanced curriculum, including disciplines in biblical studies, ethics, and studies in ministry. Competence in ministry may be demonstrated by a documented minimum of three years of full-time ministerial service or five years part-time service. A complete transcript of previous academic work is to be submitted before an application for admission can be acted on.

Guided Readings

Guided readings are to reflect an area of research that is directed toward the writing of the doctoral project. The student is to choose guided readings as approved by the Doctoral Committee, to read and reflect on; intellectually, spiritually, and vocationally. These readings must then be documented in the form of an annotated bibliography with synoptic abstracts of the works that have been read. This exercise is an opportunity for the student to begin his or her doctoral research. There is no minimum or maximum amount of words to be written, but the writings must be comprehensive enough to cover the topic. This primarily constitutes Chapter 2 of the doctoral project (Literature Review). The completed Guided Readings are a part of the doctoral project.

Doctoral Proposal

The student is to then write a proposal for the Doctorate, describing the project according to the prescribed format. The completed proposal is to be approved by the Doctoral Committee of the University. The process and format for a Doctoral Proposal is described in Research Writing Made Easy and the resource titled Steps to Completing Your Doctoral Project/Dissertation. These resources will be provided by the Student Services Department.

Doctoral Project

The student is then (upon approval of the proposal) to begin writing his or her Doctoral Project, according to the specific format. The Doctoral Project is the finishing work for the doctoral degree, and is what provides the right to be called “Doctor.” It is worth 15 credits towards the degree program. The guidelines for the writing of the Project are again found in the book Research Writing Made Easy, and with the help of your doctoral project coordinator, you will be able to complete your goal.

Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies degree program is designed to serve the need of ministers for an experience of continuing education, which renews the personal life of faith, further develops professional competence, and stimulates continued growth in biblical and theological foundations for ministry. The purpose of this degree program is to equip the student for a higher level of competence in the practice of ministry.

Requirements At-a-glance

  • Hold a Doctor of Ministry in Theological Studies
  • Complete 10 courses
  • Thesis or research project of 175 pages

Degree Emphasis Options

  • Theology
  • Christian Counseling

Nature of the Program

Admission to the Doctor of Ministry Program is on the basis of high competence in theology and ministry, as well as motivation to do research in a recognized area of ministry. Competence in theology may be demonstrated by having completed a minimum of a Master of Arts in Theology degree or equivalent with a balanced curriculum, including disciplines in biblical studies, ethics, and studies in ministry. Competence in ministry may be demonstrated by a documented minimum of three years of full-time ministerial service or five years part-time service. A complete transcript of previous academic work is to be submitted before an application for admission can be acted on.

Guided Readings

Guided readings are to reflect an area of research that is directed toward the writing of the doctoral project. The student is to choose guided readings as approved by the Doctoral Committee, to read and reflect on; intellectually, spiritually, and vocationally. These readings must then be documented in the form of an annotated bibliography with synoptic abstracts of the works that have been read. This exercise is an opportunity for the student to begin his or her doctoral research. There is no minimum or maximum amount of words to be written, but the writings must be comprehensive enough to cover the topic. This primarily constitutes Chapter 2 of the doctoral project (Literature Review). The completed Guided Readings are a part of the doctoral project.

Doctoral Proposal

The student is to then write a proposal for the Doctorate, describing the project according to the prescribed format. The completed proposal is to be approved by the Doctoral Committee of the University. The process and format for a Doctoral Proposal is described in Research Writing Made Easy and the resource titled Steps to Completing Your Doctoral Project/Dissertation. These resources will be provided by the Student Services Department.

Doctoral Project

The student is then (upon approval of the proposal) to begin writing his or her Doctoral Project, according to the specific format. The Doctoral Project is the finishing work for the doctoral degree, and is what provides the right to be called “Doctor.” It is worth 15 credits towards the degree program. The guidelines for the writing of the Project are again found in the book Research Writing Made Easy, and with the help of your doctoral project coordinator, you will be able to complete your goal