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Ph.D./ICS FAQ's

Will I have to leave the field?

No. Convenient modules allow you to stay on the field full time!

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When can I start?

Start dates are scheduled for every July and December.

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How long will it take to complete?

Normally four to five years.

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How much will it cost?

A fee for the entire program is $42,000, to be paid in 15 equal installments over five years. AGWM and AGUSM appointed missionaries are eligible for a discounted fee of $29,400. The Ph.D./ICS Program qualifies for veteran's benefits, private student loans and loan deferment. (Applicable for the 2012-2013 academic year and subject to change thereafter for new participants.)

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Do I have to write a dissertation?

Yes

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Can I choose some classes from the AGTS Doctor of Ministry Program?

Yes, on a limited basis, by petition.

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Do I have to pass a qualifying and a comprehensive examination?

Yes, after completion of the core classes a qualifying examination must be successfully completed in order to continue in the program. The focus of the exam is basic knowledge and competencies in the field of missiology. At the completion of all required coursework a student will be deemed ready to sit for a comprehensive examination. This written examination is intended to determine competencies in the student’s area of research interest for the dissertation process.

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Is there a language requirement?

Yes. The program requires research proficiency in English as the primary research language of the disciplines of intercultural studies and a second modern language in the field of the research topic. Additional ancient and modern languages may be required as needed for the completion of dissertation research. In exceptional cases, this requirement may be substituted by petition. When a request for language waiver is submitted, the Intercultural Doctoral Studies Committee may require six credits of relevant studies in the applicant’s area of research. This will be implemented upon at the discretion of the committee in a case-by-case situation based on transcripts and experience.

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What’s the difference between the Ph.D./ICS and the D.Miss or D.Min.?

The Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies is a research degree designed to facilitate the development and academic certification of vocations in missiological and intercultural teaching and scholarship. The D.Miss. degree is designed specifically for professional missionaries, those involved in Intercultural Ministry, and/or Relief and Development, while the D.Min. offers concentrations in Leadership, Preaching, and Military Chaplaincy. Also, the D.Min. is a 30-hour program requiring an M.Div. (or its academic equivalent) for admission, while the D.Miss. is a 48-hour degree and the Ph.D. 60-hour degree requiring an M.Div. or MA in an appropriate field for admission with a minimum GPA of 3.0 D.Miss. and 3.5 Ph.D. on a 4.0 point scale.

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What will the delivery system look like?

A modular format requires five trips to AGTS over three years (all in July and December). Two classes are taken during each two- to three-week session. Participants earn 60 credits in

  • Five Core courses
  • Two Track courses (Missiological Studies or Relief and Development)
  • Three Elective courses
  • Three dissertation research courses
  • Dissertation

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How do the course modules work?

The majority of the course work (40 credits) would consist of one- to two- week resident modules held exclusively at the main campus of AGTS in Springfield. All courses consist of three components:

  1. An on-site residential seminar presented by the professor of record for the subject that allows the student to engage in academic dialogue with the professor during class hours and presents the student with the opportunity to utilize the library research facilities after class hours.
  2. Pre-residential seminar assignments that differ from course to course, but generally include pre-reading assignments, processing audio-visual or online resources, and/or engaging the student in online dialogues with his or her colleagues.
  3. Post-residential seminar assignments that differ from course to course but that generally include the submission of a major research project and could also include online dialogue with colleagues on the assignment.

In order to enhance research opportunities and community development, the modules will be scheduled back-to-back with an additional week of value added elements including student research presentations with peer critique, onsite interviews with mentor and guidance committee, peer and faculty interaction, and video conferencing with field experts.

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What are dissertation research courses?

In preparation for the dissertation the student will enroll in three four-credit dissertation research tutorial courses designed to facilitate the research required for the proposed dissertation. The dissertation proposal will identify where each dissertation research course corresponds within the research design of the proposal. The tutorials will focus either on a review of the literature to provide the theoretical or theological foundation for the proposed research or after a brief review of precedent literature, the substance of the tutorial will be the student’s own primary research and analysis. For each course the student will present a research proposal to the assigned mentor for approval which includes research objectives, a literature review and research methodology. Once the proposal is approved, the student will execute the research and report the findings in a format similar to a dissertation. The content of the dissertation research courses should reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of intercultural studies.

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Do I need to have the official approval of my administrative superiors (e.g., missions board or agency in applicable) to enroll in the Ph.D./ICS Program?

Yes, if applicable.

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Is it possible to transfer credit from other accredited doctoral programs?

Yes. An individual may transfer in a total of eight advanced standing doctoral credits. If the person holds an earned doctorate in a related field (e.g. Doctor of Ministry) a maximum of twelve credits may be transferred. To request advanced standing, official transcripts must be reviewed by the Registrar’s Office before consideration for doctoral credit will be given.

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