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Doctoral Degrees

Most of the Doctoral degrees require the completion of 40 credits beyond the Master’s degree with the option of doing a doctoral dissertation for a portion of the credits. The following degrees require 60 credits beyond the Master’s degree, including a mandatory doctoral dissertation: Doctor of Christian Philosophy, Doctor of Divinity, and Doctor of Theology. These credits may come from a combination of: 1) courses taken; 2) an original dissertation or ministry project; and 3) a practicum or internship experience. The student is expected to work together with the Dean in designing a program that will meet his desire for growth in the area(s) in which God has placed a passion in his heart.

  1. Courses taken: The student may choose any of the courses offered by CLU. If he chooses an undergraduate course, additional work will be added to fulfill the graduate-level requirements.
  2. Original dissertation or ministry project: This can be an original written work, or the creation of a ministry work. Uniqueness and/or originality will be key evaluation points of this project. If a written project, it should keep a balance between original textual research (in Scripture and secondary literature) and a practical testing of the thesis in real life. Somehow the ministry work or the original written work should add a new perspective to the knowledge and practice of the topic addressed by the thesis.
  3. Practicum or internship: We also encourage a portion of the doctoral degree be from real life ministry experience.

Limits: A maximum of 20 credits may be awarded for the total of both transfer credits from other institutions and from credits earned for life experience. Of these 20, no more than 10 may come from credits earned for life experience.

I’m done with performance Christianity. I just want Jesus. I am grateful for all the CLU teachings that keep me studying and minister to me. I have received much grace from CLU in my studies as I am accepted at the pace my life allows me.
Linda Resto

Doctoral Student

The following degrees require 60 credits beyond the Master’s degree, including a doctoral dissertation:

D.Div. Doctor of Divinity (considered an honorary degree in some circles in the United States)

Th.D. Doctor of Theology

D.C.Phil. Doctor of Christian Philosophy (major in any of the above concentrations: Biblical StudiesChristian Arts, Christian Counseling, Christian Entrepreneurship, Christian LeadershipDivine Healing, Intercession, Ministry, Missions and Evangelism, Prophetic MinistryWorship Ministry, or Youth Ministry)