This is a non-residential modular program, offering week-long intensive courses, once or twice a year, which enables the participant to advance at the rate of three to four courses a year. Participants take courses as a cohort for the first three years of the program, living and studying together for a month at IGSL in Manila, Philippines, or at another location that might be more suitable for the course being offered. After a multiple course intensive study block, another week is added that involves debriefing, personal mentoring, and library research. The PhD program requires more courses after the first three years, some of which may be conducted online. This format allows busy ministry leaders to continue in their work while decreasing travel costs.
Pre-course and post-course work are required, including reading, writing, and application to ministry. Mentored ministry experience is spread through the program.
Elective courses are offered either as residential intensives, tutored on-line courses, or mentored tutorials in the participant’s home country. After all courses are finished for the degree, the PhD candidate must sustain a comprehensive exam and submit a proposal for their dissertation. The final one or two years are dedicated to researching and writing the final paper, thesis, or dissertation, depending upon the degree to be attained.
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