Doctor of Ministry or PhD in Peace Studies (IGSL/AGST)

Peace Studies Program

“Restoring community and building a lasting peace through the Church”

A program of the Asia Graduate School of Theology-Philippines and the International Graduate School of Leadership (IGSL)

(AGST-Philippines is a consortium of seminaries that have been working together since 1984, equipping leaders for the church in Asia and the Pacific region
at the post-M.Div. degree level.)

The program jointly offers two possible degree completions: the DMin (Doctor of Ministry), or the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy).

A new cohort of eight participants representing six countries on three continents began in April 2016 with courses being offered in October. A new cohort is slated to begin in 2020 with applications being received in 2019.

Mission: The Peace Studies program is designed to develop servant-steward leaders who will model and teach their churches and other ministries how to respond to conflict with biblically based, Christ-centered reconciliation (2 Cor 5:17-20; Mt 5:23-24). As a result, their ministries can more effectively fulfill the Great Commandment and Great Commission in a broken world.

(NOTE: For more detailed information, please refer to the links on the right side-bar.)

Further Program Information

For more information, help in applying, other questions, please contact:

Dr. Steve Hobson, Joint Program Committee Coordinator

Postal Mail: IGSL DMin Peace Studies
Office of Admissions
QCCPO Box 1495-1154
Quezon City, MM 1102 Philippines


Ambassadors for the Prince of Peace: Resolving Conflicts


The third cohort of the IGSL/AGST Peace Studies Program met in October 2016 at the IGSL campus. Eight upper-level leaders from six countries on three continents gathered for intensive courses. They represent the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Nigeria, Uganda, and the USA. Four of the program participants are faculty members of seminaries in the Campus Crusade consortium of graduate schools (IGSL, East Asia School of Theology, and African Centre for Theological Studies).

During the first three weeks, participants took courses in the core curriculum:

  • Personal Life/Ministry Assessment with Dr. Steve Hobson (October 3-7),
  • Theology and Practice of Personal Peacemaking with Dr. Karl Dortzbach (October 10-14), and
  • Models of Qualitative Research with Dr. Hobson and Dr. Dortzbach (October 17-21).

Their last week on campus focused on personal mentoring appointments and planning for the year ahead.

It has often been joked that PhD programs yield “Permanent head Damage.” These IGSL/AGST participants see their program differently. Along with challenging academic growth, they anticipate “Persistent heart Development.”

In-depth Scripture study, a battery of self-assessments, and open-hearted processing bring a mirror to the soul. Understanding how conflict springs from desires (James 4:1-3) and the biblical call to forgiveness and reconciliation (Mt 6:12,14; 2 Cor 5:19-20) further challenge the heart to deepen. Theology, in-depth research/analysis, and practical ministry skills all combine in this unique inter-disciplinary program.


The month began with a tour of Manila. The cohort celebrated the completion of 120 hours of classroom work with dinner at Dr. Hobson’s home. On October 27, the month ended with a celebratory banquet where supporters, leaders, and friends of the program participants came together.