June 29, 2021

School of Ministry Launches Ph.D. in Practical Theology

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Graduate School of Ministry faculty Drs. Alisha Winn, Ryan Gladwin and Bryan Froehle walk through campus along Okeechobee Boulevard.

Palm Beach Atlantic University now offers a Ph.D. in Practical Theology, punctuating the School of Ministry’s extraordinary growth as a leader in graduate theological education.

This is the first Ph.D. to be offered by the University. “We’re delighted that our first Ph.D. program is in practical theology from an incredibly innovative school, the School of Ministry,” said President Dr. Debra A. Schwinn.

This doctoral degree uniquely integrates academic research with practical ministry. “It combines the highest level of research with biblical and theological reflection on the needs of God’s people,” said Dr. Justin K. Hardin, assistant dean for graduate programs and professor of biblical studies. During pre-candidacy coursework, students grow in theological depth and hone their skills in methodology and engagement with the lived experience of the church. During candidacy, students produce original research under the supervision of PBA’s globally-trained faculty. All professors in PBA’s School of Ministry teach from a confessional, Christ-centered perspective and affirm the World Evangelical Alliance Statement of Faith.

This Ph.D. program was conceived with a strategic, international scope: “The Ph.D. program is building on PBA’s global focus. We are eager to equip both local and international leaders for God’s Kingdom mission,” said Dr. Jonathan Grenz, dean of the School of Ministry. Graduates are well-prepared to serve as transformational leaders in a variety of ministry contexts.

“PBA will educate teachers for national and international seminaries, leaders of church and parachurch ministries, and practitioners who desire a deep and technical understanding of their area of ministry,” said Dr. Randy Richards, provost and chief academic officer.

PBA’s multidenominational School of Ministry now offers five graduate degrees, including its Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MACS), Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAIS), and Master of Arts in Philosophy of Religion (MAPR). The School also offers dual master’s degrees in partnership with other schools at PBA, including in business, leadership, clinical mental health counseling and international/community development.

Prospective Ph.D. students are asked to submit their applications no later than Jan. 31 for enrollment in the fall. Applicants should hold a master’s degree in theology, ministry or a related field. Anyone currently engaged in Christian ministry, including teaching ministries, is encouraged to apply. The Ph.D. is designed to be a four-year program with a residency requirement, although students may request permission to study on a distance basis. Click here to learn more from the program’s coordinator of enrollment, Dr. Bryan Froehle.

This 54 credit-hour doctoral program is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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