The nature of the Ph.D. as developed by the California Pacific School of Theology is as follows:
It is a theological degree. The student is expected to specialize in the mastery of theological knowledge and history.
It is a research degree. The student is expected to master content, to conceptualize at an original and scholarly level and to make a contribution to knowledge that will advance the theory and practice of the Christian faith.
It is a professional degree. The student is expected to advance in the skills and practices of the Christian Church, especially in his professional focus for the formulation of new procedures and methods.
It is a practical degree. The student is expected to be actively engaged in a Pastoral or Church related ministry. This degree is built upon the conviction that the growth in professional competence is the best acquired in the arena of engagement and practice.
Admission Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Program
An applicant for the program must comply with the following:
A. The applicant must be a member of a Christian Church and actively engaged in pastoral or related ministry.
B. The applicant must possess a Master’s Degree from an acceptable institution of higher learning with similar curriculum requirements. (Should it be the case that prior coursework and or degree(s) do not meet similar curriculum standards, acceptance into the program will be determined by a review to ascertain whether preparatory coursework is required). All applicants must be able to demonstrable reading and writing skills as are necessary for coursework submissions. Those enrolled in online coursework shall also possess computer skills commensurate with online instructional requirements.
C. The applicant must complete all application procedures including the provision of official transcripts from all colleges and seminaries previously attended, showing degrees awarded.
D. The applicant must complete the required curriculum of 72 quarter units of credit beyond a Master’s Degree. (Transfer credits are not allowed. In special circumstances applicant may petition the Dean or Registrar for a waiver of this provision. After review, up to 21 quarter units of Ph.D. level coursework as evidenced by official transcripts may be accepted.)
E. He must maintain a grade point average of not less than 3.0 for the entire period of his degree program.
F. He must give adequate exemplification of character, emotional stability, maturity,and leadership ability.
G. He must submit an acceptable dissertation of no less than 150 pages exhibiting an ability to do competent and original research work, to think critically, and to communicate effectively in his area of specialization.
CPSOT also offers a Doctoral Degree in Biblical Archaeology, by special arrangement with the approval of the Dean.
This program has the same number of unit requirements as the PH.D. in Christian Theology, although the department unit requirements may vary.
Also there is the availability for the applicant to provide evidence of participation in archaeological fieldwork for evaluation towards credit for unit requirements.
The opportunity for expeditions in the field may be available.