The curriculum is designed to be taught primarily in a virtual classroom using high definition videoconferencing technology. To begin the program, there will be a required five-day session in Waco, Texas, which will enable students and faculty to get to know each other and to begin the first two courses.
Just before graduation, a final on-campus event will also be required. This final session will be used for a public presentation of the students' research.
There will be three comprehensive exams. They will take place at the end of each of the three tracks, replacing the final exam. Below are the courses in each track. All three comprehensive exams and all coursework must be passed prior to enrolling in SWO 6V99 - Dissertation.Faith in Practice and Theory
Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree must present an acceptable dissertation on a problem in the field of their major subject. The dissertation must provide evidence that the candidate has pursued a program of research, the results of which reveal scholarly competence and a significant contribution to knowledge.
The PhD dissertation will focus on a single cohesive theme, consist of one document, and have a single defense. Each dissertation will contain three publishable articles. Each article must include a substantive review of the literature, and one of the articles may be a Systematic Research Synthesis of the literature. Two articles will incorporate data from the student’s research with one article using quantitative analysis and the other qualitative analysis. These articles will be embedded as the principle substance in a larger document that will include an explanation of the overall method of the study and a critique of the study for a total of five chapters.