Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) in Biblical Theology
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General Program Completion Plan (50 units total)

The Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) in Biblical Theology is a unique degree program specifically designed for the more mature individual  who is interested in deepening his or her knowledge and mastery of the study of Biblical Theology through an advanced research degree program.

No other religious degree is as widely respected as the Doctor of Theology (Th.D.).  In the past, the Th.D. was generally held to be the degree of choice for those whose ultimate goal was to teach at the senior level.  While this is still true in some academic circles, in recent years the largely research oriented Th.D. has been associated with an increasing emphasis on the transfer of theoretical Theology to the practical realm where Theology and people merge.  This is the goal of the Doctor of Theology degree program.

Master's Theological Research Institute has developed a research oriented Th.D. program that focuses on understanding the true origins of the major tenets (and subsequent doctrines) of historic and contemporary Theology.  The unique manner in which the  Doctor of Theology degree is earned, sets it apart from doctorates earned by completing courses or studying and researching what other scholars have written.  The MTRI Th.D. program directs the student through a series of biblical research components designed to develop, deepen, confirm and expand the advanced student's understanding of the true origin and foundation of historic and contemporary Theology, culminating in the student selecting a single area of intense interest around which the dissertation will be constructed.

Entrance and Prerequisite Degree Requirements:

The applicant to the Th.D. in Biblical Theology program will have earned one of the following degrees from an approved institution:

  • A biblically oriented master's degree of not less than forty (40) semester credits.

  • Or a Biblically oriented doctorate degree.

The applicant must have adequate computer skills, have a personal email account, and be comfortable with the use of the Internet, including the use of a computer headset and microphone.  The applicant will have a personal telephone or cell phone number.  The applicant will have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and will be committed to the inerrancy and authority of the Bible.

Personalized Program Tutoring adds to the value of this unique program.  The relationship between student and tutor is an important benefit of this program.  The student will enjoy regular interaction with the senior tutor and other academic experts.  In addition, Th.D. students are grouped into a cohort of other students who will enjoy the benefits of regular group interaction through the use of email, online meetings, chat room, and blog options.  This close cohort interaction will build mutually helpful personal relationships, and help to ensure good progress through the program.  The following information will provide more details regarding the unique nature of this program.

Program Completion Requirements

The Doctor of Theology program is divided into four distinct "Research Components."  In order to complete each of these four Components, the student will be given full access to Master's Online Digital Library, will be required to make use of the Internet for additional research, and will be required to use approved software necessary for the completion of the Dissertation Component.  The Th.D. program is self-paced.  Therefore, the doctoral student may proceed at a pace that compliments his or her lifestyle.  However, steady progress will be encouraged throughout the program.  Most students are able to complete the program in about three years, though the initial registration period extends up to five years.

Program Components
Program Components are completed in order (Orientation then Components 1-4).

REQUIRED ORIENTATION:  An Online  Orientation is required prior to beginning the first Component.  Orientation is for the purpose of assuring that the Th.D. student is totally familiar with the program requirements, all policies and procedures, and is acquainted with the Program Dean and tutors.  In addition, Orientation provides an opportunity for students to meet personally the other Th.D. students with whom they will be assigned as a cohort group.  The Orientation course is finalized in a one-hour online live meeting scheduled within about two to four weeks following initial enrollment.

COMPONENT #1 - 10 Units

COMPONENT #2 - 10 Units

COMPONENT #3 - 10 Units

COMPONENT #4 - 20 Units

CONTENT & THEOLOGY
OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
THD-901

Component Purpose: To provide the Doctor of Theology student with an opportunity to present the Old Testament as a series of pictures which represent a continuous scene from the initial creation of the current heavens and earth to the return of the exiles to the Land of Israel, and in so doing, capture, comprehend, and apply the foundational components from which contemporary theology has derived.

Component Objectives: To provide the student with an opportunity to demonstrate a knowledge of the entire Old Testament in such a way as to document the studentís knowledge of the Old Testament as more than a series of books, but in fact, a connected and generic whole with each individual Book dependent on the other Books of the Old Testament, and how these connections create the continuity of theological themes from Genesis through Malachi.  Consequently, to enable the student to document an advanced understanding of the origins of contemporary theology as they are derived from the Old Testament.

Completion Process:  This component is completed through guided reading, research and writing rather than traditional coursework.

CONTENT & THEOLOGY
OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
THD-902

Component Purpose: To provide the Doctor of Theology student with an opportunity to present the New Testament as a series of pictures which represent a continuous scene from the Incarnation to return of Christ to earth and the subsequent new order of the universe, and in so doing, capture, comprehend, and apply the foundational components from which contemporary theology has derived.

Component Objectives: To provide the student with an opportunity to demonstrate a knowledge of the entire New Testament in such a way as to document the studentís knowledge of the New Testament as more than a series of books, but in fact, a connected and generic whole with each individual Book dependent on the other Books of the New Testament, and how these connections create the continuity of theological themes from Matthew through Revelation.  Consequently, to enable the student to document an advanced understanding of the origins of contemporary theology as they are derived from the New Testament.

Completion Process:  This component is completed through guided reading, research and writing rather than traditional coursework.

THE ORIGIN OF CODIFIED
THEOLOGY AND ITS
RELATIONSHIP TO
CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIANITY
THD-903

Component Purpose: This Doctor of Theology Component presents the student with an opportunity to demonstrate comprehension and general mastery of the foundational components of Systematic Theology, and how these relate to the Bible as a first-source. Furthermore, this Component will allow the student to document a balanced understanding of the study of Christian doctrine within a coherent framework; will enable the student to identify and describe key doctrinal issues that unite or divide the Church; and also document such knowledge in the context of the student's current theological persuasion.

Component Objectives: To enable the student to explain, defend and teach the truths of Systematic Theology as they relate to the Bible, and to apply these within the framework of contemporary Christianity. This Component will provide the student the opportunity to develop a comprehensive knowledge of the interdependent relationship between the Old and New Testament, the origin and roots of Systematic Theology, and how these coalesce into what may be understood as the foundational requisites of contemporary theology.

Completion Process:  This component is completed through guided reading, research and writing rather than traditional coursework.

DISSERTATION
THD-904

The completion of the dissertation will require the use of MTRI approved software designed to allow the student to complete this Component in a form and style generally acceptable within the context of higher education.

The dissertation process will be supervised by a three-member Th.D. committee (each member holding an acceptable earned Th.D.), and chaired by a senior faculty member.  The process will require the following steps:

  1. Submission of the topic (question), scope of the project, and research method.

  2. Submission of the outline, first chapter, and bibliography.

  3. Submission of the first rough draft.

  4. Submission of the final rough draft.

  5. Oral defense.

  6. Submission of the final draft.

  7. Binding and Publication.

Upon the successful completion of all of of the Components, the student will be graduated and awarded the Doctor of Theology degree.

Completion Process:  The dissertation is completed through guided reading, research and writing as is typical for all quality doctoral dissertations.

Tuition and Fee Payment Schedule

Total tuition is $6,000 ($120 per unit).   Required  fees are the graduation fee of $200 which is not paid until near the completion of the program, and the thesis/dissertation binding fee ($35 - $50 per copy) which is not due until the submission of the approved final draft.

Tuition payments schedule:

  • $500 to be paid within 30 days of notification of acceptance.

  • The remaining tuition balance of $5,500 is to be paid in 36 monthly installments of $153 due not later than the 21st of each month beginning the month following the payment of the initial $500 tuition installment.

Tuition payments cannot be paid in advance of the above schedule.  There are no tuition scholarships, discount grants or other payment options for this program.

  •     If after enrollment, the student due to unforeseen circumstances is unable to continue making tuition payments, he or she may seek relief in the form of adjusted monthly payments.  However, if the student should find he or she is unable to continue making tuition payments, the student may request withdrawal, and will not be obligated to continue making tuition payments. 

  •     All tuition paid is vested for a period of ten (10) years from the date of the initial program registration, (with the exception of that which is consumed by the completion of coursework), and remains as a tuition reserve on the studentís record during that period of time.  Unconsumed tuition balances are considered to be in the studentís TUITION RESERVE ACCOUNT, and remain vested for ten (10) years from the date of the studentís initial program registration.  After ten years, the balance in the studentís Tuition Reserve Account is forfeited, although at the discretion of the Institution may be reinstated in the case of special circumstance.    Due to the unique pricing structure of this degree program, there are no tuition refund provisions.

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