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Semiotics, Communication, & Spirit Hermeneutics
Doctor of Theology & Ministry Degree


Online | 36 Credits | Three Years

Students will experience an Oxford-style

faculty mentor relationship with Len Sweet.


Leonard Sweet is a Phi Beta Kappa who earned his Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester/Crozer Divinity School and PhD from the University of Rochester. The author of more than 200 articles, 1300+ published sermons, and more than seventy books, Sweet’s publications include best sellers Soul Tsunami, Aqua Church, and Jesus Manifesto (with Frank Viola), as well as many other volumes like Rings of Fire that are revolutionizing the church’s mission in the 21st century. Sweet has spent his academic life as Provost, Dean, Vice-President of Graduate Studies, President, and Chancellor of seminaries and universities. He now just works with doctoral students in the US and around the world.


One of the most sought-after speakers in North America, Sweet has been voted more than once by his peers as “One of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America” and was once selected by the top non-English Christian website as a “Top 10 Influential Global Christian.” His podcast “Napkin Scribbles” is widely quoted, as is his homiletics resource, For the past three years, he has posted a weekly lectionary-based LenTalk on semiotics and Scripture to his YouTube Channel. 

Customize Your Degree Concentration


During the Project Experience students identify a specific area of ministry for in-depth research in consultation with Len.

During the Project Advance students present their research to their fellow students and visiting faculty.

Participate in Travel Advances

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2023 Advance with Len Sweet on Orcas Island

Publish Your Doctoral Project

​​​During the Project Experience, students will complete a Manuscript as their Doctoral Treatise Paper.

During the Defense Advance, students defend their Manuscript to their fellow students and visiting faculty.

Following a successful Defense, students will have the opportunity to publish their peer-reviewed Manuscripts.


​​Seminar Experience - 12 credit hours
NS-SCSH-541    Foundations of Semiotics, Communications, & Spirit Hermeneutics


Project Experience - 12 credit hours
NS-SCSH-542    Deeper Discoveries within Semiotics, Communications, & Spirit Hermeneutics

Defense Experience - 12 credit hours
NS-SCSH-543    Expanding our Understanding of Semiotics, Communications,
                           & Spirit Hermeneutics

2022 Cohort

2022 -Seminar Experience

  • Reading Segment 

  • Fall Advance: Nov 28 - Dec 1, 2022


2023 - Project Experience

    Starts on the evening of 25 June and ends after
    check-out on 29 June 2023.


    March 1, 2023. Use the PayPal Button to pay the estimated room rate of $1440.00 ($299 x 4 nights). 

    NTS has a bloc of rooms at the Marriott Courtyard at Oxford City Center, which is in the heart of Oxford and is placed where the group can walk everywhere and will not have to rely on cabs. Spouses are welcome and are exempt from Tuition and the Advance Fee.

    Room and Board costs are the responsibility of the student in addition to Tuition and the Advance Fee, The final room costs for the Courtyard will depend on the exchange rates. The current room rate is $ 360.00 USD a night (including all taxes, VAT, and breakfast), payable no later than 


    Group meetings will be in a seminar room at the nearby Oxford Town Hall Center.


    Dates will follow the Oxford Pilgrimage with the schedule to be determined.


    Tuition for the Oxford Advance is payable no later than 
    March 15, 2023.


2024 - Defense Experience

  • Advance Early Spring

  • Complete a Final Degree Paper or
    Approved Artifact in the Fall

2023 Cohort 

Rolling Admissions from Jan - Mar 2023

2023 - Seminar Experience

  • Reading Segment - Upon Admission

  • Weekly Zoom Calls in June & July

  • Writing Assignment August

  • Fall Advance: Dates TBD

  • Weekly Zoom Calls in January & February


2024 - Project Experience

  • Advance in the Spring or Summer

  • Project Course in the Fall

2025 - Defense Experience

  • Advance Early Spring

  • Complete a Final Degree Paper or Approved Artifact in the Fall

Tuition: $600 per credit hour


  • Application Fee  - Waived

  • Acceptance Fee -  $300 (One-Time Fee)

  • Student Fee        - $300  (Annual Fee)

  • Library Fee          - $300 (Annual Fee)

  • Graduation Fee   - $300 (One-Time Fee)

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