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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


​​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

YEAR ONE - Seminar Experience

  • Orcas Advance
    Group Intensive on Orcas Island

  • Reading Course

  • Oxford Advance
    Group Intensive in Oxford England

YEAR TWO - Project Experience

  • Project Design Course

  • Project/Dissertation Writing

  • Project/Dissertation & Defense
    Orcas Advance 
    Group Intensive on Orcas Island

Tuition: $600 per credit hour


  • Application Fee  - Waived

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

  • Student Fee        - $200  (Monthly Fee)

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

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.

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