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Doctor of Philosophy



Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D. Research Degree Program Sixty Two (62) Hour Program

       Research doctorates are awarded in recognition of academic research in many countries, including the United States. Earning a research doctorate also requires successful completion of a regimen of coursework beyond the Masters level. The best-known degree of this type, in the Anglophone world, is that of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D., the doctorate (Latin: doctor, "teacher," from doctum, "[that which is] taught," past participle of docere, "to teach") appeared in medieval Europe as a license to teach (Latin: licentia docendi) at a medieval university. Its roots can be traced to the early church when the term "doctor" referred to the Apostles, church fathers and other Christian authorities who taught and interpreted the Bible.

      Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. degree is a Sixty Two (62) Credit Hour program that may be completed in no less than one year and no more than seven years. In keeping with the tradition of advanced degrees being earned on the basis of original research in a specialized field of study that is written and defended before a panel of scholarly experts, the BarnHam Graduate School and Seminary, provides a means whereby doctoral-level students obtain this specialized degree. All residencies are completed at BHGS&S in Theology and the dissertation is defended before the faculty. Upon successful defense of the dissertation, the degree is awarded.


Professional Degrees for Professionals

       Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D. Research Degree Program  programs are designed for professionals in the public, private, and third sectors. As with any other research degree, you will need to produce a piece of original research; with a professional doctorate though that research is informed by your own professional practice and will usually seek to develop understanding that contributes to professional practice more broadly. 

     Students will therefore need to have an interest in your professional context and be able to explore this through a structured research programs leading to you making an original contribution to understanding of that professional context.

A Different Kind of Research Degree

      A research degree the students will, with the advice and guidance of your personal supervisor, take responsibility for planning and managing your own research and for making an original contribution to knowledge within your professional context.

      The key difference is that students research will be informed by, and ultimately contribute to, their professional practice context rather than a specific academic context.  Ultimately the students work is book publication quality.  Recognized Internationally Professional doctorates 

Steps to the Dissertation Doctor of Philosophy Ph. D

  • Doctoral candidates actively participate in the nomination and approval of their doctoral Supervisor.

  • Submission and approval of dissertation proposal

  • Submission of one electronic copy of a doctoral dissertation

  • All dissertations must follow the rules of APA Style, detailed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, are utilized.

Required with Research Dissertation submission:

  • Dissertation Abstract

  • Chronological exhaustive personal biography

  • Dissertation cover sheet

  • Dissertation Supervisor Report Form

  • Submission of one CD-ROM copy of the dissertation for inclusion in the Online Dissertation Library (successfully defended or revised)

  • Successful defense of the Ph.D. dissertation

  • Students in the research Ph.D. are not required to attend graduation


Doctoral Oral Defense
       The doctoral defense will be scheduled no sooner than 100 days and no longer than 190 days from the time that all academic and financial obligations have been finalized. The doctoral candidate will be notified by the Office of the Registrar of your eligibility after the completion of all documentation.


Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D. Research Degree Program


Doctor of Philosophy  Required Core Classes

1.19701 Research Methodology and Dissertation: 4 Credit Hours

2.19822 Reformation Apologetics: 4 Credit Hours

3.18633 Ethics, Competence, and Professional Issues : 4 Credit Hours

4.19201 Logic and Systematic Thinking Theology Theory System: 4 Credit Hours

5.18013 Human Learning and Communications Theory: 4 Credit Hours

6.18711 Counseling Conflict Resolution Styles: 4 Credit Hours



Student must select  5 courses from the following elective coursework


1.18420 CN Measurements and Assessment and Human Mind: 4 Credit Hours

2.18770 CN Marriages and Family Theory 21 First Century: 4 Credit Hours

3.17500 CN Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories Pastoral Psychology 4 Credit Hours

4.16920 CN Multicultural Counseling in the 21 First Century: 4 Credit Hours

5.19490 Family Mediation and Conflict Resolution : 4 Credit Hours

6.19142 Religious Mediation and Therapeutic Mediation: 4 Credit Hours

7.19000 Ombudsperson Cooperative Resolution and Mediation: 4 Credit Hours

8.19142 Religious Mediation and Therapeutic Mediation: 4 Credit Hours

9.19222 Hospice and Hospital Chaplains : 4 Credit Hours

10.19225 Jail and Prison Chaplains : 4 Credit Hours

11.19382 Marriage and Family Counseling : 4 Credit Hours

12.19451 Long-Term Care Facility Chaplains : 4 Credit Hours



            Research Dissertation : 9 Credit Hours

            Doctoral Oral Defense : 9 Credit Hours


                                                                                Total 62 Hours Credit Hours





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