New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary offers a Doctor of Philosophy research doctoral degree, accredited by ATS (Association of Theological Schools). The faculty is a close-knit community of scholars committed to guiding and shaping the next generation of religious teachers and leaders. Both faculty and students are active members of various professional societies, engaging in research aimed at producing healthy churches. Students in the Doctor of Philosophy degree program concentrate their studies in one of nine major areas of research of including Christian Education. Opportunities are also available within majors for interdisciplinary study, as well as pursuit of a minor concentration in academic areas of childhood, youth, adult, leadership and administration, educational foundations, family ministry, as well as discipleship and spiritual formation.
Application packets for the Ph.D. may be secured by contacting the Office of Research Doctoral Programs. Printable forms also are available on the Seminary website (www.nobts.edu/research). Potential applicants should review carefully all degree admission requirements before requesting an application.
Thank you for exploring the Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.). This degree is perfect for individuals who are teaching professionals in undergraduate Christian and community colleges, private school headmasters and teachers, or ministry practitioners with a desire to teach. The three Doctor of Education majors - teaching, educational leadership, and ministry leadership - will provide students with choices that match their vocational goals.
Purpose & Goals
The purpose of the Doctor of Education degree is to equip persons for denominational or interdenominational leadership positions in the field of religious education. The goals for this degree include mastery of educational disciplines, graduate-level understanding of theological disciplines, and capacity to engage in administration, teaching, and research.
Four required seminars, program elements and supervised reading colloquia frame a flexible program. Elective seminars will be offered different times depending on the major. A complete two-year schedule is available upon request and at www.nobts.edu/edd.
The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) s a professional degree providing qualified students the opportunity to achieve a high level of excellence in the practice of ministry. The degree is built on prerequisites including the Master of Divinity degree or equivalent theological preparation, high intellectual achievement and professional capability, and substantial professional experience in ministry between completion of the Master of Divinity degree program and application to the Doctor of Ministry degree program. Students can choose from a wide selection of Education Specializations.
The Doctor of Educational Ministry is a professional degree providing qualified students the opportunity to achieve a high level of excellence in the practice of educational ministry. The degree is built on prerequisites including the Master of Arts in Christian Education degree or equivalent theological preparation, high intellectual achievement and professional capability, and substantial professional experience in ministry between completion of the Master of Arts in Christian Education degree program and application to the Doctor of Educational Ministry degree program.
- M.A.C.E. or M.R.E. degree or its equivalent from an ATS-accredited school
- 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA (2.0 out of 3.0)
- Minimum 3 years of ministry experience
We currently offer fourteen specializations including Church Growth and Health, Family Ministry, Administration and Servant Leadership, and more (Click HERE for the List of Specializations.)
WORKSHOPS (6 HOURS)
Program Overview and Research Writing 2 hours
Mid-Career Assessment 2 hours
Project in Ministry Design 2 hours
SEMINARS (30 HOURS)
4 Divisional Seminars 12 hours
4 Specialization Seminars 12 hours
2 Christian Education Elective Seminars 6 hours
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (2 HOURS)
Reading List or Conference
PROJECT IN MINISTRY (6 HOURS)
Project Implementation, Project Report, and Exit Interview
TOTAL: 44 HOURS
COMPLETION TIME: 4-6 YEARS