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Center for Leadership and Organizations

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), Leadership: Christian Ministry

Program Overview

The Ph.D. in Leadership: Christian Ministry concentration prepares you for the highest level of scholarship and performance in leading churches, denominational agencies, educational institutions or ministry organizations. You can build or advance your career as a pastor, professor, researcher, organizational leader, strategist, or leadership consultant. The program equips its graduates with the knowledge and methodological tools to conduct research on the pressing ministry leadership issues of the day.

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Program at a
Glance

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

48

DETAILS

Total Credit Hours: 48
Program Type: Ph.D.
Location: Online
Time to Complete: 2-4 Years
Start Date: Fall: August | Spring: January | Summer: May
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Why AU?

Ready for the next chapter in your academic, professional, and spiritual life? Whether you are graduating high school or pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree, we invite you to be a part of one of the top regional universities in the South (U.S. News & World Report). Come discover why the Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. identified Anderson University as one of the top-ranked, most affordable colleges in the country. Take the next step in your journey of academic excellence today.
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The Knowledge You Will Gain

Students in this concentration can engage in scholarship and research and develop professional competencies related to, organizational structures, leadership strategies, analyzing organizational culture, team and workplace culture development and leading organizational change.

Career Outlook

• pastors • professors • researchers • organizational leaders • strategists • leadership consultants

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Knowledge You’ll Gain

Students in this concentration can engage in scholarship and research and develop professional competencies related to, organizational structures, leadership strategies, analyzing organizational culture, team and workplace culture development and leading organizational change.

Career Outlook

• pastors • professors • researchers • organizational leaders • strategists • leadership consultants

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Anderson University is a national leader in higher education in its use of technology to support and enhance all aspects of its core function—teaching and learning, which has led to the institution being recognized as an Apple Distinguished School since 2014. Through Anderson’s Digital Learning Initiative, Anderson has provided all of its residential undergraduate students and select graduate program students with an iPad Air and Apple Pencil. The mission of transforming learning experiences and preparing students to serve their communities and careers in the twenty-first century is enhanced through mobile devices developed by Apple.

Admission Requirements

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Previous Degree Required

A Master of Ministry or Master of Divinity (30+ credit hours) from a regionally accredited institution is required for acceptance into this program.

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Transcript Requirements

Official graduate transcripts will need to be submitted as part of the application process for this program.

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Additional Admission Requirements

Three letters of reference.

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Application Deadline

The application deadline is one (1) month before a term start date.

More Information

I-20 Approved: No
I-17 Approved: No
Non Degree Option Available (Minor): No
Program Director:
Dr. Kyle Small
Breakdown of Credit Hours:
21 Credit Hours – Leadership Core Requirements | 15 Credit Hours – Christian Ministry Concentration Requirements | 12 Credit Hours – Research & Dissertation
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