The Ph.D. in Transformational Development is one of the three doctoral programs of AGST being hosted by the Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary. The other programs are the Ph.D. in Holistic Child Development and the Ph.D. in Transformational Learning. These three programs share common core courses.
The program seeks to catalyze action among local churches, NGOs and systems in complex societies within Asia and beyond, working with all known resources (especially and including the identified poor) to improve the quality of life and to transform society’s structures and institutions in order to demonstrate God’s love to all.
- We intend to treat students as adult learners
- We intend to create classroom environments that empower learners, providing a safe open space for dialogue that is not dominated by teacher-talk
- We intend to tie theory to practice both within and outside the classroom walls.
- We intend to seek student participation and ownership of the program
- We will seek strategic and intentional partnerships with seminaries, NGOs and churches
- We desire to form long-term sustainability
- We will engage Christian Philippine nationals who are eminently qualified to participate
- We will engage team-leadership not individual focus.
- Training of a cadre of new leaders who see holistically both problems and solutions to the matters of dysfunctional and distressed neighborhoods.
- Changing the orientation of church leaders, church communities, and denominations from band-aid approaches of compassionate ministry initiatives, to community development and community organizing.
- Changing the orientation of service providers, and NGOs from seeing dysfunctional and distressed neighborhoods as social pariahs to vibrant, creative communities.
- Changing the mindset of dysfunctional and distressed communities from seeing themselves as takers, to recognizing and employing their own assets in their own programs of well-being.
- Developing communities of scholars and practitioners throughout Asia who mutually are accountable, are a brotherhood and sisterhood of mutual support and stimulation under the common themes of transformation development.
- Developing a body of research and literature that can inform other social movements around the world.
Core Course – 18 Units
Comparative Research Methods
Critical Analysis and Review of Precedent Literature
Dissertation Proposal Writing
Philosophy and Theology of Transformation
Transformational Learning in Practice
Culture, Context, and Worldview
TD Concentration Courses – 18 Units
The City in Theology and Perspective
Community Development Principles
Issues and Resolutions in Complex Cultures
Administration, Program Planning, and Managing Change
Psychology of Attitude Formation and Change
Spiritual and Transformational Learning
TD Elective Courses – 18 Units
Choose 6 units from the following TD courses, 6 units from HCD or TL programs, 6 units from any accredited PhD program.
Urban Anthropology for Transformational Development
Impacting Urban Systems
Confronting Poverty and the Culture of Poverty
Negotiating Partnerships for Transformation
Conflict Management and Restoration of Justice
Theology of Work
Theology of Compassion
Holistic Witness in the Wesleyan Mode
RE9XX Dissertation – 6 units
Dr. Fletcher Tink, Program Director
Prof. Larni Sam Tabuena, Asst. Program Director
Dr. Pete Malvicini
Prof. Jeri Gunderson
Dr. Theresa Lua, AGST Dean
E-mail or write for application packet: Ms. Judy Pabilando (firstname.lastname@example.org) Registrar, Asia Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary Ortigas Ave. Ext., Kaytikling, Taytay, 1920 Rizal Philippines, Tel. 63-2-284-3741.
Applications can be downloaded from www.apnts.edu.ph
Ask an administrator and a member of the faculty of an institution you have attended, as well as your current pastor to provide letters of reference in sealed envelopes and send these to the above address.
Ask all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended to send official transcripts of your academic record to the above address. Prepare a statement describing your vocational objectives and explaining how a Ph.D. degree is related to these.
Prepare a statement indicating how your studies will be financed, including specific commitments from any institutions or individuals that may be sponsoring you.
- Prepare a health certificate indicating your physical fitness to pursue graduate studies.
- Send your completed application for admission, prospective research topic (a 3 to 4-paged essay), the description of your vocational objectives, the financial statement, and the health certificate, along with the nonrefundable application fee of $50 (US) or the peso equivalent, to the above address.
- Wait until you have received your letter of acceptance before coming to Manila.
A. For Two-thirds world students:
|Application fee (non-refundable):||$50 (or peso equivalent)|
|Tuition fee:||$50/credit hour|
|Comprehensive exam fee:||$100|
|Dissertation Fee:(residency fee)||($50x9 units) plus $50/semester|
|Lodging and Food: (A limited number of accommodations are available on campus. Dormitory rooms are $65 per month. Cost for eating lunch at the dining hall is about $2.00/meal.|
Note: books and IT expenses are additional.
B. For Students from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, US, and countries outside the Asia-Pacific Region and South Asia Field:
|Application fee (non-refundable):||$85 (or peso equivalent)|
|Tuition fee:||$85/credit hour|
|Comprehensive exam fee:||$135|
|Dissertation Fee:||($85x9 units) plus $85/semester (residency fee)|
|Lodging and Food: (A limited number of accommodations are available on campus. Dormitory rooms are $100 per month. Cost for eating lunch at the dining hall is about $2.00 (combo meal).|
Note: books and IT expenses are additional.