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

Now accepting applications for 2023 Cohort

Students will experience an oxford-style

faculty mentor relationship with Len Sweet.

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Leonard I. Sweet is an honors and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Richmond, having earned his Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School and PhD from the University of Rochester. The author of more than 200 articles, 1300+ published sermons, and more than sixty books, Leonard Sweet’s publications include the best sellers Soul Tsunami, Aqua Church, and Jesus Manifesto (with Frank Viola), as well as many other volumes that are revolutionizing the church’s mission.

In 2006 and 2007, Sweet was voted by his peers “One of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America” by Church Report Magazine, and in 2010, he was selected by the top non-English Christian website as one of the “Top 10 Influential Christians.” His popular podcast, “Napkin Scribbles,” is widely quoted, as is his homiletics resource, preachthestory.com.

Online | 36 Credits | Three Years

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

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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

  • Advance in the Spring

  • Project in the Fall

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 June & July

  • Writing Assignment August

  • Fall Advance: Dates TBD

 

2024 - Project Experience

  • Advance in the Spring

  • Project 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

Fees:

  • 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)

Design Your Own Concentration

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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.

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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