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Ph.D. Degree Programs

Throughout your degree, you’ll be learning core skills that can be used in nearly any profession. You’ll take courses on communication, critical thinking, and cultural studies. These will give you foundational knowledge to help you succeed in your career or future studies.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Credit Hours: 36
Prerequisites: Master’s Degree
or Equivalent

A degree major may be selected in any of the following religious concentrations; (Clinical Christian Counseling, Clinical Pastoral Counseling, Christian Education, Christian Leadership and Theology.) Special consideration may be given to areas of concentration that are not listed here.

Our Doctor of Philosophy graduate program is based on the European university model of “research degrees” which are entirely research-based, rather than course-based. The Ph.D. degree is awarded on the basis of substantial original research; the Ph.D. has a prerequisite of an MA degree (or its equivalent) and requires the student to write a 250-page dissertation (36 credits) on a topic centered on the students selected concentration.

The dissertation only does not apply to the Ph.D. in Clinical Christian Counseling or the Ph.D. in Clinical Pastoral Counseling. The Ph.D. in Clinical Christian Counseling and the Clinical Pastoral Counseling Degree Program (Ph.D.) is designed to give the student an advanced background in Christian Counseling and incorporates the programs which will allow for National Christian Counseling Association (NCCA) certification or licensure. The program is 36 semester hours in length. The purchase of books are required for the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Christian Counseling and the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Pastoral Counseling.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) by Publication

Credit Hours: 36
Prerequisites: Master’s Degree or Equivalent

A Ph.D. by publication is a postgraduate research degree that’s based on research you’ve already undertaken and had published before enrolling with CBIS.

Peer-reviewed academic papers, complete books or chapters in anthologies, and any other materials accepted for publication, exhibited or performed are all eligible. You’ll have to submit these materials for examination after enrolling with CBIS.

These materials will be accompanied by a commentary of 5,000-10,000 words, which outlines your work’s coherence, significance and contribution to knowledge, and you’ll be examined through an oral defense of your research. Applicants must hold a Masters or Doctorate degree from a bible college or seminary in order to qualify for this program.