Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy [Intercultural Studies] (Ph.D. [Intercultural Studies])

Asbury Theological Seminary’s 48-hour Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies advances your knowledge in the theological, contextual, spiritual and strategic literatures in the field of missiology. In addition to mastering content, methods and theology, you’ll also specialize in a particular area of study. Through your research, you’ll explore core literatures of history and mission, but practically connect it to current social and cultural evangelization movements.

Complete your degree on the Kentucky campus as a full-time residential student in as few as five years.

What to Expect from the Degree

As you complete your degree, you will

  • Acquire advanced knowledge of the discipline, research methods and theories in your field of study.
  • Integrate a comprehensive knowledge of appropriate literatures to your area of study, including applicable skills.
  • Engage in important research around an appropriate question, problem, or opportunity.
  • Critically reflect on the learning, teaching and researching dimensions of theological scholarship in the church and academic communities.

*Refer to the Academic Catalog for the exact wording of Program Learning Outcomes.

Admissions Requirements

Application deadline: January 15

  • Application Form.
  • Personal History Essay, with resume or CV attached.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions where you received postsecondary academic credit.
  • An accredited bachelor’s degree.
  • An accredited Master of Divinity degree or an accredited or professional (two year or 60 credit hours) Master of Arts degree in an appropriate theological discipline.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0.
  • 4 references from professors or other scholars, completed on the Admissions Office formThree years of ministry experience, normally in a culture or subculture different from the applicant’s home culture.4 references from professors or other scholars, completed on the Admissions Office form.
  • GRE Verbal Score of 160 or above (600 on the old scale) and 5.0 Analytical
  • Writing Sample of academic work, approximately 25 pages, completed within past 3 years and reflecting both the ability to complete independent research and a research interest appropriate to the degree program.
    • Submit writing samples in .pdf format.
    • Use your 6-digit prospective student ID number in place of your name throughout the paper.
    • Use the prospective ID number as the filename of the document.
    • If papers are not submitted within these guidelines, they will be returned to the applicant for proper formatting.
  • Demonstrated capability for languages (biblical research or field languages), other than English. This capability can be demonstrated by 12 credit hours (college or graduate) of language study, normally in a single language) with a grade of ‘B’ or better, or by documented proficiency in any language(s) or other research tools necessary for the dissertation research.Facility at an introductory level with German and French (or a second research language cognate to student’s area of study.)
  • For students whose native language is other than English, a TOEFL score of 100 (Internet) or 600 (paper) or an IETLS score of 7.5.
  • $50 Nonrefundable Application Fee
  • Background Check (run by the Admissions Office)

Personal History Essay:

  • Share your life story and at what point you began your relationship with Jesus Christ.  Talk about your growth since that time and what brings you to apply to Asbury Seminary’s Advanced Research Program.  Include your thoughts on how you would like to see your faith grow during your time in this program. (350 minimum to 500 words maximum)
  • Please describe your ministry and vocational experience, including positions held and dates of service.  (350 minimum to 500 words maximum)
  • Statement of Purpose – Describe briefly the reasons you are prompted to pursue study in the particular program area you have chosen and what you hope to gain through the program.  Give specific goals, and personal or professional needs.  (350 to 500 words maximum)
  • Research Interests –
  • State your preferred concentration in the program you have chosen (Contextualization Studies, Development Studies, Evangelization Studies, or Historical-Theological Studies).
    Give a short summary (15-20 words) of your research interest.
  • Provide a brief reflection indicating possible research interests. This reflection should start with a summary of your interests in less than 20 words. (350 minimum to 500 words maximum)
  • List the language(s) (including English) used in your research and/or ministry and indicate your relative proficiency.
  • (Optional)  If you feel your cumulative grade point average or academic test scores do not adequately reflect your abilities to flourish at Asbury Seminary, please explain.
  • (Optional) If you are married, describe your spouse’s attitudes toward your plans for seminary education and future ministry.

*This program is available for full-time, residential students on the Wilmore, Kentucky campus ONLY.

The Ph.D. [Intercultural Studies] program is offered at the following locations:

Kentucky (Wilmore)
Orlando
Memphis
Online

We offer four Intercultural Studies concentrations that include:

  • Contextual Studies—Integrate theology, social sciences and mission as you examine issues such as socio-cultural change, urban ministry, ethnicity, gender and immigration.
  • Historical-Theological Studies—Focus on relevant historical research, biblical and contemporary theologies of mission, contextual theology and missional engagements with world religions and theology.
  • Development Studies—Explore the issues of justice, reconciliation, leadership and poverty through study and application to meet holistic human needs in the name of Jesus.
  • Evangelization Studies—Serve and equip the global church as a scholar, educator, researcher, and organization leader in many intercultural contexts worldwide.
Hrs Course ID Course Name
Intercultural Studies Required Courses (12 credit hours)
3 MH902 Biblical Theology of Mission
3 MH900 History of Christian Missions
3 MC971 Applied Anthropology and Missiology
3 MD980 Research Methods in Missiology
0 MS745 Seminar in Missiology (credit only)

Register and attend weekly for two years (four semesters, fall and spring)

 

Courses in Ph.D. Concentration (18 credit hours)

Students choose one concentration:

Hrs Course ID Course Name
Contextual Studies Concentration
3 MC910 Contextual Theology
3 MC911 Christianity and Culture Change
6 MC905 and MC975 Contextual Seminars
6 (MC__) Concentration Elective
 
Development Studies Concentration
3 MD905 Foundations of Development
3 MD927 Public Theology and Global Development
6 MD912 and MD930 Development Seminars
6 (MD__) Concentration Elective
 
Evangelization Studies Concentration
3 ME914 Theology of Evangelism
3 ME915 Church Growth Theory and Practice
6 ME981 and ME983 Evangelization Seminars
6 (ME__) Concentration Elective
 
Historical-Theological Studies Concentration
3 MH910 Contextual Theology
3 MH968 Trends and Issues in World Christianity
6 MH955 and MH977 Historical-Theological Seminars
6 (MH__) Concentration Elective

Intercultural Studies Elective Courses (18 credit hours)

Students choose six additional three credit hour courses in World Mission and Evangelism and Biblical Studies (700 and 900 level) and CD920 strongly recommended. At least one elective should be a doctoral seminar outside the student’s area of concentration. Courses below the 900 level and in Biblical Studies by permission of Dean of Advanced Research Programs through academic petition; May include a field based practicum.

Additional Requirements

  • Approved Review for Research Readiness by the end of May of the student’s first year.
  • Attend required, non-credit Advanced Research Programs Interdisciplinary Colloquium as scheduled until coursework is completed.
  • Cumulative GRP of at least 3.30/4.00.
  • Pass the comprehensive examination base on faculty approved literature in (1) the general field of missiology, (2) the student’s concentration (Contextual, Development, Evangelization or Historical Theological Studies), and (3) the theoretical and methodological aspects of the student’s chosen research.
  • Successful completion of a dissertation proposal.
  • Completion and successful defense of the dissertation.
  • Fulfillment of all degree requirements in not more than eight calendar years from the first term of enrollment.
  • Submission of all revised dissertation copies and finalization materials.

Asbury Seminary is committed to providing you with a quality theological education and practical skills for a lifetime. We offer more than 400 scholarships annually and our Ministry Partners Program helps you graduate with minimal debt.

Cost of Attendance: 2016-2017

Degree

Total Credits

Cost

Ph.D.

48 credits

$750/credit hour

Total

 

$36,000

 PHD900 (Continuation Fee Registration) $750/credit hour each Fall and Spring after post-coursework through degree completion 

Academic Year 2016-2017

All Campuses Fall/Spring

All Campuses Summer

Technology Fee

$100 per semester

$50 per semester

Graduation Fee

$100 one-time fee

$100 one-time fee

Student Services Fee

$100 per semester

$50 per semester

Scholarships

Postgraduate Support Scholarships are available to Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Theology students based on criteria of merit and need. We offer 25, 50, 75, or 100 percent scholarships.

To apply

  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Complete the Asbury Financial Aid Application
  • Complete a Postgraduate Support Scholarship Application, including a 1000-word essay describing your passion for research and how it will equip you for the future.
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