The Discipleship and Ministry leadership Division is proud to offer and support a wide variety of doctoral programs to meet the unique needs of students from various educational backgrounds preparing to answer God’s call. Whether you feel called to lead a local congregation, teach in a seminary, college or university, or serve in a community or parachurch ministry, even combining them, you’ll find a doctoral degree to help you fulfill your personal and God given goals.
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. Faculty and students are active members of various professional societies, engaging in research aimed at producing healthy churches.
Students in the Doctor of Philosophy, Christian Education major may pursue a concentration in academic areas of childhood, youth, adult, leadership and administration, educational foundations, family ministry, as well as discipleship and spiritual formation. PhD in Christian Education students are challenged to grow in five primary areas, Knowledge of the field, Critical Thinking, Research skills, Writing skills, and Presentation skills.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Leadership is co sponsored with the Pastoral Ministries division. Students in the Doctor of Philosophy, Christian Leadership may pursue a minor in another academic area including Christian Education.
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.
The Ed.D. 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 Discipleship and Ministry Leadership 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 professional ministry experience. Students can choose from a wide selection of Discipleship and Ministry Leadership specializations. (Click HERE for the List of Specializations.)