The Ph.D. in Theological Studies allows you to obtain your degree while remaining within your life or career context. This terminal degree provides Christian education for teachers and researchers in theological colleges and universities, and scholarly enhancement for those serving the Renewal movement worldwide. Students explore both the academic and spiritual aspects of biblical studies, history and theology to enhance their studies and research acumen. Graduates are prepared to contribute to the wider conversation of the theological academy from a Renewal perspective.
Length: 48 credit hours (This does not include comprehensive exams and dissertation.) Students typically complete this degree in five to seven years. Students have a maximum of seven years from the date of entry to fulfill all degree requirements, and they must maintain an active registration status throughout this period. Students may begin the program in the fall semester.
Format: The Ph.D. program is offered through a combination of intensive on-campus residencies and online coursework. Students complete pre- and post-residency assignments at home while interacting with faculty and peers online throughout the semester. While the program does not require students to relocate to Virginia Beach, students will attend a two-week residency each semester. Ph.D. students are required to attend a total of 24 weeks of residency over the course of the program.
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Features: The Ph.D. is available in three concentrations.
Graduates of this program will:
Engage with Renewal methodology and application in biblical studies, history or theology.
Publish original research in biblical studies, Christian history or Renewal theology.
Apply advanced academic research methods and approaches, with special reference to Theological Studies.
Develop familiarity with instructional planning, learner needs, teaching strategies, technological media and assessment techniques.
RTCH 700 Theological Studies and the Academy
RTCH 703 Advanced Research Methodologies
RTCH 774 Research Based Pedagogy
Concentration Core Courses
RTCH 701 Renewal Theological Method
RTCH 713 The Theory and Art of Historiography
RTCH 751 Interpreting Scripture
RTCH 781 Guided Research in Biblical Studies, History, or Theology
RTCH 782 Guided Readings in Biblical Studies, History, or Theology
The Ph.D. in Theological Studies is an elective-driven program. The Ph.D. program coordinator and advisors assist students in selecting courses. Electives offered in the past few years include:
RTCH 711 Christian History in Pneumatological Perspective 1
RTCH 712 Christian History in Pneumatological Perspective 2
RTCH 715 Systematic Theology
RTCH 720 Contemporary Theologies
RTCH 739 Theology in World Context
RTCH 746 Pneumatology: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
RTCH 764 The Miraculous in the Biblical Tradition
RTCH 768 Eastern Christianity
RTCH 770 Theological German
RTCH 785 Nature and Grace in the 12th Century
RTCH 785 Renewal and Politics
RTCH 785a Post-Exilic Prophets
RTCH 785a Renewal Biblical Hermeneutics
RTCH 785b Early Christian Spirituality
RTCH 785b Special Studies: Book of Acts
RTCH 785b African American Renewal History
RTCH 785c Charismatic Movement Today
RTCH 785c Hermeneutical Philosophy
Upon completion of all coursework and requirements, students will complete written and oral exams. Students must have a 3.25 GPA to qualify. Exams are administered on-site at Regent University.
Candidates for the Ph.D. degree must present an acceptable dissertation that demonstrates competence in their field and original research. After passing the qualifying exams, students enroll in dissertation research (1 credit hour per semester) until completion of the program. Once complete, students will present an oral defense of the dissertation to their dissertation committee, invited guests and the public.