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 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 will 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 EdD is perfect for teaching professionals in undergraduate Christian and community colleges, private school headmasters and teachers, or ministry practitioners with a desire to teach. An applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an agency related to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Students must also possess an ATS approved MA/MRE degree or comparable degree from an institution of higher education accredited by a US agency recognized by CHEA or another approved North American MA/MRE degree. The three Doctor of Education majors - teaching, educational leadership, and ministry leadership - will provide students with choices that match their vocational goals. EdD Inquiry
The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is 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. Students can choose from a wide selection of Discipleship and Ministry Leadership specializations.
The Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin) 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.