google-site-verification: google59c78f49bf30ff90.html
top of page

Doctor of Ecclesial Theology

CFM   |   ADiv   |   BDiv–ThM  |   MACM  |   MATS  |   MDiv  |   ThM  |   ThD

Credit Hours:

Emmaus Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ecclesial Theology (ThD) program provides pastors and church leaders with academically rigorous training informed by an understanding of theology in service of the church.

Situated between standard Doctor of Ministry (DMin) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs, the Emmaus ThD is a robust research degree. Rather than set around sub-disciplines like New Testament or Church History (though students will study and may write in those fields) the Emmaus ThD is a Doctor of Ecclesial Theology. This means that their primary course of study, writing, and practice is set in and for the church.

The curriculum for the ThD includes three academic years of research seminars, a comprehensive exam, and finally the completion and defense of a dissertation that represents significant and original scholarly research in service of the church.

The Emmaus ThD is offered in partnership with the Center for Pastor Theologians.

Entrance Requirements:

(in addition to standard Emmaus Application)

— Completion of at least 64 hours of theological graduate program(s)

— Demonstrated Competence in Biblical Hebrew and Greek (If lacking, applicants may level competency during their coursework stage)

— 3.0 or greater GPA in their previous graduate program

— Writing Sample

Program Requirements:

Ecclesial Theology Core Research Seminars:

—Biblical Theology for the Church (BT 701)

—Historical Theology for the Church (CH 701)

—Dogmatic Theology for the Church (TH 701)

—Practical Theology for the Church (PT 701)

Ecclesial Theology (TH 702)

Ecclesial Theology of the Word (TH 703)

Ecclesial Theology of Liturgy and Sacraments (TH 704)

Doctoral Foundations Core Practicums:

Foundations of Research (MP 701)

Writing for the Church (MP 702)

Teaching in the Church and Higher Education (MP 703)

Ecclesial Theology Elective Seminars:

—Ecclesial Theology Elective (3 Credit Hours)

—Ecclesial Theology Elective (3 Credit Hours)

—Ecclesial Theology Elective (3 Credit Hours)

—Ecclesial Theology Elective (3 Credit Hours)

End of Coursework:

Comprehensive Exam (2 Credit Hours)

Dissertation Prospectus (1 Credit Hour)

Dissertation and Defense* (9 Credit Hours) 150–250 pages

*Students who fail their dissertation defense three subsequent times will be awarded a compensatory ThM.

Academic Level:

48 Credit Hours


Not sure what degree is right for you?

Email us to find a time to talk one-on-one with a faculty member to work through your options and find the best program for you and your calling. 

bottom of page