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

Charter Class Staring January 2022

Students will experience an oxford-style

faculty mentor relationship with Len Sweet.


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


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


  • 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)

2022 Advance Travel Information
Nov 28 - Dec 2, 2022

Travel, Housing, and Meals at each Advance are the student's responsibility.

Orcas Island, WA

Room & Board Package 


If you are flying, you will want to fly into SeaTac Airport in Seattle. 

Travel by Car, Shuttle, or Charter from Sea-Tac Airport to Orcas Island:

Rental Cars are available at the Airport with reservations.

Island Airporter Flights offers non-stop transportation between Seatac Airport and San Juan Island Monday through Friday (Closed Sat & Sun). Reservations are required. From SeaTac Airport, the shuttle leaves outside Door 00 or Door 2 at the South end of baggage claim.

Airporter Shuttle/Bellair Charters offers frequent round-trip service between SeaTac Airport, downtown Seattle, and the Anacortes ferry terminal, where you'll walk on your ferry to any of the four major islands. From SeaTac, the shuttle leaves from Door 00 next to baggage carousel #1. You'll need reservations. 

Ferry information:  Anacortes to Orcas Island:


Design Your Own 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.

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.

For additional information contact:

Kevin Young, DMin
Semiotics DTM Program Coordinator