Doctorate Of Theology Degree(ThD)
The tuition for the Doctorate Degree program is $300
Welcome to ATS. We believe that as you work through your doctoral program your relationship with God will deepen more than you ever thought possible.
Amherst Theological Seminary offers a Doctorate of Theology degree. Successful completion of a Masters Degree is required to enroll in the Doctorate program. A student who has been awarded an appropriate Bible Masters degree may petition in writing to bypass the Masters Degree program. Course credits from other recognized Bible programs may be accepted upon examination of the student's transcript.
Acceptance into the program requires a personal interview as well an essay indicating their purpose, mission, and call in God's Kingdom. The essay will include a statement of the student's specific passion as well as their calling for ministry. Upon successful completion of all course requirements the student will be conferred a Doctorate degree.
"Amherst Theological Seminary is a religious institution exempt from
state regulation and oversight in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
DOCTORATE OF CHRISTIAN MINISTRY REQUIREMENTS: - TUITION: $300
- MUST PASS AN INITIAL INTERVIEW
W/ CHANCELLOR OR VICE CHANCELLOR OR PRESIDENT
- 3 LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION OR
RECOMMENDATION FROM AN STRATEGIC PARTNER AFFILIATED ORGANIZATION.
- MAN OR WOMAN SHOULD MEET THE BIBLICAL REQUIREMENTS OF AN ELDER
- WRITE A PAPER OF AROUND 10 PAGES ON WHAT YOU SEE AS CONTEMPORARY ISSUES FACING THE MODERN CHURCH.
Research and explain what you think are problems facing the Christian church today. In your writing, elaborate on the various problems you identify and discuss why they are problems and how they might be addressed.
You may use any and all christian resources at your disposal. Your mentor may help you. There are numerous resources on the internet that you can consult. You may consult anyone you think would be helpful. Whatever resources you use you should cite and identify where you got your information from. If you copy something be sure to cite where you got it from. The honor system is in place here.
- DISSERTATION PROJECT:
- The Dissertation project is to include the submission of around 50 page paper on a topic of the students choosing pending approval of the students mentor and the Vice-Chancellor.
The paper will explain what you are passionate about and why. You will need to identify what you believe your calling is and how it fits your passion. You will discuss your spiritual gifts mix and how your calling and passion fit in with the 5 fold ministry as identified in Ephesians 4:11. Further, discuss how your passion and calling and your gift mix and your 5 fold ministry calling will be used in your personal ministry to further God's kingdom
In particular, you will need to discuss how you will support yourself and how you will ensure that you will make your family a priority. Highly important is how you will ensure that you get personal rest as well. You should also discuss how you will further your education and you will fit in prayer and bible study.
Of particular import is as a man or woman of God, how will you be accountable? Is your spouse aware of your weaknesses? Do they know who and how you are accountable? Proverbs 16:17-18 warns us sternly:
"The highway of the upright avoids evil;
those who guard their ways preserve their lives.
Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall."
The man or woman who does not admit they are vulnerable to various temptations is playing with fire and asking for trouble. This is no minor consideration! Do not underestimate this portion of your dissertation! A momentary failure can destroy years of ministry!
In essence you will be developing a personal ministry plan that hopefully will guide you.
- DISSERTATION DRAFT: Draft submission of the sermon outlines
- DISSERTATION FINAL DRAFT: The final submission of the sermon outlines
- DISSERTATION REVIEW AND DEFENSE: An oral review and defense of the dissertation project.
The purpose of the review and defense is to make sure the student is prepared to defend His/her contention in the modern secular world.
- The Dissertation project is to include a minimum of 5 sermons
expounding upon the topic of the students paper.
- TAKE OPEN BOOK FINAL EXAMINATION
Your final task will consist of a open book final exam of about 100 questions. As before, you can use any and all resources available to you. Cite your sources. The purpose of the open book exam is to broaden your appreciation of scripture and widen your biblical horizons. It is NOT an exercise to try an "catch you" or try to "trick you". Instead, you will discover that your knowledge of scripture will increase significantly And benefit you greatly.
- CHRISTIAN TOPICS
(These must be completed if the student has not already completed them
in either the Bachelors or Masters program)
CT-100 THE SIN NATURE & THE HEART
Introduces the "Walk Applied" Christian Counseling Model
CT-110 GODLY HEALING
Studies the "Walk Applied" Christian healing methodologies
Research & discuss the various ways to spread the great news.
CT-130 HEALING & RESTORATION
Research & discuss various ways of biblical healing and restoration
CT-140 SANCTIFICATION & RENEWAL
Research and discuss sanctification
CT-150 CHRISTIAN MINDFULNESS
Research and discuss “Christian Mindfulness”
CT-160 UNDERSTANDING THE KINGDOM
Research and discuss “The Kingdom of Heaven here on earth”
CT-170 SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
The nuts and bolts of communing with Christ on a daily basis
CT-180 ISSUES IN MINISTRY
Research and discuss issues facing those who enter into ministry
CT-190 THE SPIRITUAL IDENTITY
Research and discuss the notion that our identity is found in Jesus
CT-200 "THORNY" ISSUES IN CHRISTIANITY
Research and discuss various issues that face Christianity today. What
are appropriate, thoughtful, and empathetic responses to the LGBTQ?
Same-sex marriage? Abortion? Women in leadership? Politics in the pulpit?
Racism? "White sovereignty"? Sexism and patriarchy? You will pick 5
"thorny" issues facing the church and address them following the
instructions given above.
CT-210 THE BIBLE
Research and discuss the concept of Biblical Inerrancy:
The history of the development of the Bible, How it is the standard of truth,
and how it is applicable to our lives today even though it was written long ago
as well as modes of Bible study, resources, and interpretation.
CT-220 MIRACLES & SPIRITUAL GIFTS
Research and discuss the notions of miracles and spiritual gifts. Present
arguments for both sides: Do miracles still happen? Are spiritual gifts valid?