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Program Title: Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies
Institution: Amridge University (Alabama)
Program Transitional Page
Program Description: The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Biblical Studies with degree concentrations in the Old Testament or the New Testament is to equip students for academic teaching, research, and for producing scholarly, creative writing in the fields of Old Testament and New Testament. Students select one of these two fields as a concentration, while conducting significant study in the other testament is obviously the minor. They will take a comprehensive examination and write a dissertation, both of which will reflect the area of concentration. The program is specifically oriented toward preparing students to teach Bible and biblical languages in universities, seminaries, theological schools, and colleges; to teach in related academic fields at the college level; to become a specialist in scholarly biblical teaching in one’s ministerial practice; and to produce scholarly writing. This Biblical Studies program should equip students with the aptitude necessary to bring critical skills to the biblical text; to analyze, interpret, and explain the text; and to express insights and conclusions in scholarly writing. There are 10 core courses of the 20 required courses in the PhD in Biblical Studies which address areas such as biblical archaeology, the world of the Bible, theology, doctrine, critical interpretation of the Bible, ethics, linguistics, etymology, the authority of the Bible, exegesis, and the origin and history of the Scriptures. These core courses provide students with essential research tools and assess the methods of critical scholarship. The six Old and New Testament textual courses in this program will use the latest Hebrew or Greek editions of the Old and New Testaments. The other four courses deal directly with the writing of the dissertation. Other requirements within these concentrations are as follows: 1. Old Testament Concentration -- A student may elect the concentration in Old Testament studies. The primary goal of this concentration is the development of a comprehensive knowledge of the Old Testament and related subjects. This Old Testament emphasis encompasses a study of ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, History and Religion (with an emphasis on Israel and its neighbors), Old Testament Theology, and textual courses with Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia as the primary source. A total of 33 required semester hours would be in the field of Old Testament study (this includes 9 semester hours in the core courses, 12 hours in textual courses and 12 hours in the dissertation); additionally there will be 15 hours in New Testament study; and 12 more hours in studies related to both Testaments. 2. New Testament Concentration -- A student may elect the concentration in New Testament studies. The primary goal of this concentration is a development of a comprehensive knowledge of the New Testament and related studies. The New Testament concentration encompasses a study of Archaeology, History and Religion of the Hellenistic Age (with an emphasis on Palestine), New Testament Theology, and textual courses which make use of the best editions of the Greek New Testament. A total of 33 required semester hours would be in the field of New Testament study (this includes 9 hours in the core courses, 12 hours in textual courses and 12 hours in the dissertation); additionally there will be 15 semester hours in Old Testament study; and 12 semester hours in studies related to both Testaments.
States Authorized: NC SARA approved institution and a member of SREB’s SECRRA reciprocity agreement with the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia.
Program Information: This program's delivery mode is: Internet
   Course is 100% online.
This program is a Servicemember Opportunity College (SOC) Consortium member program.
Transitional Page Website: http://www.amridgeuniversity.edu/studentservices/resources/

Institution Information

Institution Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Program Accreditation: Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Program Details

Program Level: Graduate
Degree Type: Doctor of Philosophy
For Credit: This program is offered for academic credit.
Program Enrollment Capacity: 100
Application Deadline: Open Application Deadline
Subject: Bible/Biblical Studies
 

Methods of Instruction

  This program is delivered primarily through Internet
  Students and Instructors use the following to communicate: Discussion Board, E-Conferencing, Online Assignment, Email, Voice, Video

Program Requirements

On-Campus Requirements: Attendance is monitored by the online courseware tracking system. Students are required to participate in weekly quizzes and assignments. Changes to attendance requirements may be made as a result of changing federal financial and accreditation requirements.
Technical Requirements: As a minimum, the following computer requirements are recommended for working through the Amridge University distance learning programs and courses: 1 Operating Systems 1.1 Windows Operating Systems 1.1.1 Windows XP (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java) 1.1.2 Windows Vista (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java) 1.1.3 Windows Vista (64 Bit with 64 Bit JVM, Java) 1.1.4 Windows 7 (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java) 1.1.5 Windows 7 (64 Bit with 64 Bit JVM, Java) 1.2 Hardware for Windows Operating Systems 1.2.1 Pentium III 1 GHz processor or higher 1.2.2 256 MB available RAM 1.2.3 20 MB of available disk space 1.2.4 Broadband Internet connection 1.2.5 Headset with microphone 1.2.6. Web camera 1.3 Macintosh Operating Systems and Software 1.3.1 OS X 10.5 (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java) 1.3.2 OS X 10.6 (64 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java) 1.3.3 OS X 10.6 (64 Bit with 64 Bit JVM, Java) 1.3.4 PC Emulator for Summit Point 2 (for access to archived classes recorded in the Summit Point 2 format) 2 Hardware for the Macintosh Operating Systems 2.1 G4, G5 or Intel processor 2.2 256 MB available RAM 2.3 20 MB of available disk space 2.4 Broadband Internet connection 2.5 Headset with microphone 2.6 Web camera 3 Computer operating systems no longer supported 3.1 Windows 95 3.2 Windows 98 3.3 Windows ME 3.4 Windows NT 3.5 Windows 2000 3.6 Solaris 10 x86 4 Internet Browsers 4.1 Internet Browsers for the Windows Operating Systems 4.1.1 Internet Explorer 7 or higher 4.1.2 Firefox 3.5 or higher 4.2 Internet Browsers for the Macintosh Operating Systems 4.2.1 Safari 4.0 or higher 4.2.1 Firefox 3.5 or higher.
Library Website: http://www.amridgeuniversity.edu/
Bookstore Website: http://www.amridgeuniversity.edu/
Student Support and Resources: Amridge University's library/research support is based upon some 15 to 20 million monographs, and some 150,000 journals in several of the nation's richest research library collections which offer bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in compatible/similar disciplines that Amridge University is offering. These resources give students and faculty access to 43 electronic databases that include hundreds of professional and scholarly journals, serials, and magazines containing thousands of full-text articles available in an Adobe Acrobat or other mainstream file formats that can be downloaded and printed on demand. Additionally, students and faculty can conduct online searches for traditional books or in the University’s new eBooks collection. In turn, the traditional books may be checked out online with the respective books being shipped to the student or faculty member. The library and bookstore telephone is 800.351.4040, extension 7541.
Financial Aid Resources: Federal funding available for undergraduates includes Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), and direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Federal funding available for graduate students includes direct unsubsidized and Grad Plus loans. In order to receive federal funds the student must complete the Amridge University Financial Aid Application along with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to include the University’s school code. Once the FAFSA is processed the financial aid office will receive information needed to access and assign student aid. Aid from institutionally generated funds is provided on the basis of academic merit, financial need, and other criteria. Limited scholarships are available. Priority is given to early applicants. For more information call 1.800.351.4040 ext, 7525, 7523, or 7527.
Prerequisites and Special Program Requirements: None.
Advising Information and Resources: Academic advisement begins when students are sent a Student Academic Evaluation (SAE) plan by the Admissions Office. The SAE report is sent to the students and advisor regularly and include several key elements. These elements include: (1) Specification of all academic work that has been accepted toward a degree at Amridge University; (2) Specification of the required and elective courses that the respective student must take in order to fulfill his or her academic requirements at Amridge University; and (3) Specification on a semester-by-semester basis the progress the respective student is making toward the completion of his or her degree.
Program Transfer Policies: In keeping with the mission, purpose and goals of Amridge University, the following guidelines have been established to evaluate for transfer, prior college level work successfully completed at other institutions, credit by examination, and life learning credit. Amridge University may allow students to transfer credit from other accredited colleges and universities. Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended must be received by Amridge University directly from these institutions. Documentation of high school graduation or accepted equivalent must also be on file. Transfer of credit for work earned at other regionally accredited institutions of higher learning is not automatic, but an applicant may, when making application, request the acceptance of previously earned college credit. Additionally, Amridge University reserves the right to reject transfer credit from any institution including a regionally accredited institution. A decision by Amridge University not to accept transfer work under this provision could include, but not limited to, the respective institution’s accreditation is suspended, or put on probation; the institution has experienced severe financial distress and could affect the quality of courses and program offered; the institution has lost its license to operate in any state, or legal action is initiated against the institution by the U.S. Department of Education or other federal agency. Additionally, the University may decide not to accept credit from any institution of higher education if it believes that course work and learning outcomes are not comparable to Amridge University’s own degree programs. Amridge University accepts credit for previous education and academic training done at regionally accredited institutions based on the individual’s transcript and the compatibility of courses offered at Amridge University. Course comparability decisions rest with the Vice President of Academic Affairs who may choose to review a course description/syllabus prior to determining acceptance of credit. Transfer credit may be accepted by examination and from credit earned through life experience (i.e., American Council on Education (ACE) recommended military credit, College Level Education Program (CLEP), Department of Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), Excelsior tests, and selected Bible colleges), upon review. Students must submit official copies of test score reports, Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART), Army/ACE Registry Transcript System (AARTS), and transcripts from all institutions previously attended before any credit is applied. No institutional academic credit transfer will be accepted after the first semester. Transfer credit may also be accepted from specialized/nationally accredited institutions recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). This requires the same institutional and programmatic review process detailed in the section title Prior Credit for Academic Work Completed at Schools of Preaching, Bible Colleges, Theology Schools and other unaccredited institutions at the end of this policy. This is a comprehensive review process conducted by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and requiring the full cooperation of the institution from which students wish to request credit transfer. The amount of credit to be accepted will initially be determined using an unofficial preliminary evaluation. The amount may vary depending on the courses submitted for transfer and the level of the program the applicant is entering at Amridge University. For applicants transferring from other regionally accredited institutions, the amount of transfer credit and advanced standing allowed will be determined by officials in the Registrar’s Office. Courses with grades of “D” are only acceptable for transfer in those degree programs in which grades of “D” are acceptable for courses taken at Amridge University. All credits transferred in and posted on an academic record will be applied before a student finishes his first semester of work. Students are responsible for requesting consideration of transfer credit at the point of initial application. In keeping with the mission, purpose and goals of Amridge University, the following guidelines have been established to evaluate for transfer, prior college level work successfully completed at other institutions, credit by examination, and life learning credit. Amridge University may allow students to transfer credit from other accredited colleges and universities. Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended must be received by Amridge University directly from these institutions. Documentation of high school graduation or accepted equivalent must also be on file. Transfer of credit for work earned at other regionally accredited institutions of higher learning is not automatic, but an applicant may, when making application, request the acceptance of previously earned college credit. Additionally, Amridge University reserves the right to reject transfer credit from any institution including a regionally accredited institution. A decision by Amridge University not to accept transfer work under this provision could include, but not limited to, the respective institution’s accreditation is suspended, or put on probation; the institution has experienced severe financial distress and could affect the quality of courses and program offered; the institution has lost its license to operate in any state, or legal action is initiated against the institution by the U.S. Department of Education or other federal agency. Additionally, the University may decide not to accept credit from any institution of higher education if it believes that course work and learning outcomes are not comparable to Amridge University’s own degree programs. Amridge University accepts credit for previous education and academic training done at regionally accredited institutions based on the individual’s transcript and the compatibility of courses offered at Amridge University. Course comparability decisions rest with the Vice President of Academic Affairs who may choose to review a course description/syllabus prior to determining acceptance of credit. Amridge University is a member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC).
Maximum Number of Credits Transferable: Amridge University recognizes that students transferring from other institutions may have earned academic credit that is applicable to their Academic Plan at the University. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 15 semester hours of coursework into the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies.
Other Program Specific Information: Before being graduated with the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies, a student must satisfy the following requirements: 1. Satisfactorily complete 120 approved graduate hours, of which a minimum 60 semester hours must be taken in the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Biblical Studies program at Amridge University; the remaining 60 semester hours consist of the student's Master of Divinity or Master of Theology or two-year Master of Arts in Bible or Doctor of Ministry from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 point scale; 2. Demonstrate competency in and pass proficiency exams in Greek, Hebrew, and a secondary language; 3. Complete all leveling and required coursework for the degree with a 3.0 grade or better in each course; 4. Complete all program face-to-face residency requirements; 5. Pass the Comprehensive Examination and gain Candidacy Status; 6. Submit and gain faculty approval of dissertation proposal appropriate to the student's area of specialization and research competency; 7. Pass all four dissertation modules. 8. Final defense: 8.a. As part of the dissertation defense, the student must present, defend and pass a Biblical Doctrines Position Paper. This paper is to be a revision and expansion of the original paper presented in the course FD 9300 Research in Biblical Doctrine. This paper must show evidence of research and study to substantiate, validate, or abjure the student’s belief in and understanding of three or more of the following biblical doctrines: God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the inspiration and authority of the Bible, humanity and sin, redemption and salvation, the church, and the last things. Special emphasis should be given to the various sub-doctrines of the selected doctrines in the paper thereby giving a full treatment of the chosen topics. 8.b. Doctoral dissertation defense approval: the student must defend, and receive a passing grade for their doctoral dissertation before their dissertation committee, the dean of the Turner School of Theology, and other faculty. This defense will take place in Montgomery, Alabama at a time set by the dissertation committee. 8.c. The student must comply with all requirements for submission of the completed dissertation to the Amridge University Head Librarian. 9. Achieve a grade of 3.0 or higher for each PhD courses in the student’s PhD program; 10. Complete and submit the Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from the University’s web site. 10.a. The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate. 10.b. This submission schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student's records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been attained.

Adult Learners

Adult Learner Resources: Amridge University's library/research support is based upon some 15 to 20 million monographs, and some 150,000 journals in several of the nation's richest research library collections which offer bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in compatible/similar disciplines that Amridge University is offering. These resources give students and faculty access to 43 electronic databases that include hundreds of professional and scholarly journals, serials, and magazines containing thousands of full-text articles available in an Adobe Acrobat or other mainstream file formats that can be downloaded and printed on demand. Additionally, students and faculty can conduct online searches for traditional books or in the University’s new eBooks collection. In turn, the traditional books may be checked out online with the respective books being shipped to the student or faculty member. The library and bookstore telephone is 800.351.4040, extension 7541.
Adult Learner Website: http://www.amridgeuniversity.edu/studentservices/resources/

Admissions and Enrollment

Admissions Requirements: Applications for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies program will not be considered complete until all of the following eight items are properly completed and submitted: 1. Complete an Amridge University Application for Admission; 2. Have official transcripts sent to the Amridge University Admissions Office from every institution of higher education that the applicant attended; 3. Have completed a master’s degree from an accredited institution; 4. Develop and submit a monograph on the applicant's career goals and how Amridge University’s PhD in Biblical Studies would enhance the applicant’s current of prospective vocation and choice of a career. The monograph must be written solely by the applicant and may be 5 to 10 pages in length. Appendices, attachments, or other items sent with the monograph will not be accepted; 6. Submit a term paper or thesis from the master's degree level or doctoral dissertation that is written in accordance with a style manual generally accepted by colleges and universities. The writing sample must have been written solely by the applicant and should reflect the applicant's research and academic writing skills. Ideally, the term paper shall contain grade marks by the course instructor to whom it was originally submitted.
Admissions Office Website: http://www.amridgeuniversity.edu/
Application Requirements: Applicants must submit an Application for Admission and a $50 nonrefundable application fee. The applicant must ensure that the admissions application is properly completed with the correct information and that all supporting documents, such as: official transcripts from each academic institution attended are submitted as required. In order for a transcript to be official, the transcript must be sent directly from the institution to Amridge University. No student will be permitted to enroll a second term if there are any outstanding admission records. The provisional enrollment option is not available to Doctor of Philosophy students. The application is available on the University's web site. See program admissions requirements.
Enrollment Procedures:
  • Students need to be admitted to the institution before program registration.
  • Students can apply for admission via the Internet.
  • Students can register for this program via the Internet.

Credits and Schedule Details

Project Schedule: A copy of the latest edition of the course schedule is available on the Amridge University web site. Not applicable.
Additional Admission and Schedule Information: Amridge University defines satisfactory academic progress by two factors: an acceptable cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and completion of degree requirements within a specified time limit. If a student is not receiving government funded financial aid, the time limits for completion of the Doctor of Philosophy program is seven years.
Total Number of Credit Hours to Earn a Degree: Satisfactorily complete 120 approved graduate hours, of which a minimum 60 semester hours must be taken in the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Biblical Studies program at Amridge University; the remaining 60 semester hours consist of the student's Master of Divinity or Master of Theology or two-year Master of Arts in Bible or Doctor of Ministry from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 point scale.
Special Credit Arrangements for the Program: Additional admissions, transfer, and degree requirements are available on the Amridge University web site.

Cost Details

Average Course Costs: In-state:

Out-of-state:

Electronic rate: $2,625.00
The in-state and out-of-state rates are the same

Out-of-district:
Tuition rates for certain schools in Texas.
Materials Required and Other Tuition and Fee Considerations: Additional course fees will apply. Contact Amridge University for more information on tuition and fees. Also, contact Amridge University for information on locking in your tuition rate. The contact telephone number is 1.888.790.8080.

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