DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PHD) DEGREE PROGRAMS
The required amount of credits for a Doctor of Philosophy degree is 115 credits.
All credits earned above the Masters Degree level must be in the degree major.
All credits are inclusive of credits from the Masters degree.
All Doctor of Philosophy degree candidates are required to do a Doctoral Dissertation.
All those majoring in Christian/Pastoral Counseling must do a 200 hour Counseling Practicum worth 20 credits of those required for this degree.
WHAT IS A PHD OR DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE?
PhD is short for Doctor of Philosophy (also abbreviated to DPhil or Dr.Philos). This is an academic or professional degree that, in most countries, qualifies the degree holder to teach their chosen subject at university level or to work in a specialized position in their chosen field.
The word ‘philosophy’ comes from the Ancient Greek φιλοσοφία (philosophia), literally translated as ‘love of wisdom’. It originally signified an individual who had achieved a comprehensive general education in the fundamental issues of the present world. Today, the Doctor of Philosophy still requires a love of wisdom, but applies to individuals who have pursued knowledge in a much more specialized field.