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College of Christian Studies

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), Preaching

Program Overview

The Ph.D. in Preaching is crafted to elevate your homiletical potential to preach with greater impact as well as mentor others to teach more effectively. Clamp Divinity School is well-positioned to advance scholarship in the proclamation of God’s Word. It is the publisher of Preaching magazine and a sponsor of the annual National Conference on Preaching. This 48-credit hour online program incorporates seasoned full-time faculty members and academically qualified pastor-scholars to facilitate guided seminars. Your professors and mentors will partner with you during your second year of the program to guide you through the entire dissertation process.

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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: 3-4 years
Start Date: Fall: August
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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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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’s degree in Ministry or Divinity (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution or from an institution accredited by ATS, ABHE, or TRACS is required for enrollment in 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. An applicant must have at least one graduate level preaching course.

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Additional Admission Requirements

A minimum of three years of experience in a ministry vocation. Students applying for the Ph.D. should be serving in a ministry position that offers consistent preaching opportunities.

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Application Deadline

April 1

More Information

I-20 Approved: No
I-17 Approved: No
Non Degree Option Available (Minor): NA
Program Director:
Dr. Kris Barnett
Breakdown of Credit Hours:
3 Credit Hours – Initial Seminar | 6 Credit Hours – Colloquium | 9 Credit Hours – Directed Reading Seminars | 9 Credit Hours – Required Seminars | 9 Credit Hours – Seminar Choice | 3 Credit Hours – Required Capstone | 9 Credit Hours – Dissertation
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