AGST Philippines
"Preparing Scholars and Leaders for the Church in Asia, the Pacific, and beyond"

Theological Studies & Church History

MASTER OF THEOLOGY (Th.M.)
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (Ph.D.)

in

Theological Studies
Church History

 

PROGRAM EMPHASES

This program aims to strengthen students’

  • teaching skills, increasing their effectiveness in the educational ministries to which God has called them.
  • research skills, enhancing their ability to expound Scripture, to apply theological insights gained to Asian problems, and to tell the largely untold story of Asia’s Christian community.
  • leadership skills, augmenting their capacity to guide their schools, churches, denominations, and the larger Christian community, locally, nationally, and globally.

Program Overview

Full-time students entering this program with neither a Th.M. nor advanced standing will complete all work for the Th.M. within three years. Part-time students entering this program with neither a Th.M. nor advanced standing will complete all work for the Th.M. within five years. This includes, but is not limited to, passing courses worth a total of 24 credit hours, passing a comprehensive examination, and completing a substantial (80-100 pages) thesis worth six credit hours. Full-time students will take courses totaling 12 to 24 credit hours during their first full year of study. During their second year of study they will complete their coursework, if necessary, then they will pass a comprehensive examination, after which they will prepare and successfully defend their thesis. Part-time students will take courses totaling at least six credit hours per year until they have completed their coursework, then they will pass a comprehensive examination, after which they will prepare and successfully defend their thesis.

Students who enter this program without a Th.M. but are nevertheless well-prepared and show themselves to be capable of advanced work may petition their program committee for advanced standing. At the committee’s discretion, this may include the waiving of some or all Th.M. coursework and/or permission to proceed directly to the Ph.D. A Th.M. student who wishes to proceed directly to the Ph.D. dissertation must submit a formal application to the Ph.D. program and must also submit to his or her program director in lieu of the Th.M. thesis two research papers that are judged to be of publishable quality. Response to requests for advanced standing is at the program committee’s discretion.

Students who have completed the Th.M., whether as part of this or another program, may apply to proceed to doctoral study. Full-time doctoral students will complete all work for the Ph.D. within five years. Part-time doctoral students will complete all work for the Ph.D. within seven years. This includes, but is not limited to, passing courses worth a total of 24 credit hours, passing a comprehensive examination, and completing a substantial (200-250 pages) dissertation worth 15 credit hours. Full-time students will take courses totaling 12 to 24 credit hours during their first full year of study. During their second and third years of study they will complete their coursework, if necessary, then they will pass a comprehensive examination, after which they will prepare and successfully defend their dissertation. Part-time students will take courses totaling at least six credit hours per year until they have completed their coursework, then they will pass a comprehensive examination, after which they will prepare and successfully defend their dissertation.

This program’s courses are modular in format; most are worth three credit hours. Courses are one, two, or three weeks in duration. For three-week courses, the first week includes 15 hours of classroom time, the second week is spent in reading and library work, and the third week includes a further 15 hours of classroom time and a final examination, if any. For two- and one-week courses, classroom hours per week and credit hours will be adjusted as may be necessary. Some courses will be required of all students without a Th.M., some courses will be electives open to Th.M. students, some courses will be electives open to Ph.D. students, and some courses will be electives open to both Th.M. and Ph.D. students. For courses in which both Th.M. and Ph.D. students are enrolled, assignments for Ph.D. students will be heavier and standards for them will be higher. For courses in which advanced Th.M. and Ph.D. students are enrolled, stress will be placed on guided discussion rather than lecture.

Admission Requirements

  • An M.Div. or the equivalent with a GPA of 1.5 (B+) from a seminary accredited by the ATA, the Association for Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA), or the equivalent.
  • Submission of a research paper written in English and reflecting in-depth study of a topic broadly related to the applicant’s area of interest.
  • A TOEFL score of at least 550 or the equivalent for all applicants whose first language is not English.

     Theological Studies:

  • Completion of twelve (12) credit hours in graduate-level biblical studies.
  • Completion of twelve (12) credit hours in graduate-level theological studies.
  • Completion of six (6) credit hours in Hebrew.
  • Completion of six (6) credit hours in Greek.

     Church History:

  • Completion of 24 credit hours in graduate-level biblical studies, theological studies, and church history, including at least nine (9) credit hours in graduate-level church history and/or historical theology.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

  • Download an application packet (download here) or contact the AGST office and ask for an application packet to be sent by return mail or email.
  • Ask all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended to send official transcripts of your academic record to the address below.
  • Submit completed copies of all the forms in the application packet—your application for admission, the description of your personal commitment to Christ and call to Christian service, the financial statement, and the medical form—along with letters for recommendation in sealed envelopes from your pastor and an administrator and a member of the faculty of a school you have attended, a copy of an original research paper in English, and the nonrefundable application fee of PhP1400 or US$35 to the address below.

 

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Tuition (per credit hour): PhP3,225 or US$75
Application fee (nonrefundable) PhP1,500 or US$35
Registration fee (per semester) PhP2,150 or US$50
Administration fee (per semester) PhP2,600 or US$60
Library fee (per semester) PhP1.300 or US$30
Residential fee (per semester) PhP2,150 or US$50
Th.M. comprehensive examination fee PhP2,150 or US$50
Ph.D. comprehensive examination fee PhP2,150 or US$50
Thesis/Dissertation fee PhP34,500 or US$800
Graduation fee PhP1,500 or US$35

 

Hosted by:

Biblical Seminary of the Philippines
77-B Karuhatan Road
1441 Valenzuela City
Philippines

Phone: 63-2-292-6795, 292-6798

Fax: 63-2-292-6675
Email: gharper@alum.mit.edu

 

Program Committee

George W. Harper, Ph.D. (AGST)—Program Director

Floyd T. Cunningham, Ph.D. (APNTS)

Dick Eugenio, Ph.D. (APNTS)

Adonis A. O. Gorospe, Ph.D. (ATS)

Anne C. Harper, D.Miss. (AGST)

Theresa Lua, Ed.D. (AGST Dean)

Stephen T. Pardue, Ph.D. (AGST)

Jean Uayan, Ph.D. (BSOP)

 

Faculty

Azriel R. Azarcon, Ph.D. (PTS)

Lorenzo C. Bautista, D.Theol. cand. (ATS)

Floyd T. Cunningham, Ph.D. (APNTS)

Dick Eugenio, Ph.D. (APNTS)

Timoteo D. Gener, Ph.D. (ATS)

Adonis A. O. Gorospe, Ph.D. (ATS)

Anne C. Harper, D.Miss. (AGST)

George W. Harper, Ph.D. (AGST)

Stephen T. Pardue, Ph.D. (AGST)

Edwin G. Perona, Ph.D. (AGST)

Charles R. Ringma, Ph.D. (at large)

Jean Uayan, Ph.D. (BSOP)

Federico G. Villanueva, Jr., Ph.D. (ATA)

Christopher White, Ph.D. (Xiamen University)

Download:

Application Packet (download here)

Program Handbook (download here)

 

The AGST’s Th.M. and Ph.D. programs are accredited by the Asia Theological Association and recognized by the Philippine government’s Commission on Higher Education.