Program Directors: Prema Gaikwad and Arceli Rosario
The PhD is an academic, research degree designed especially for Christian educational administrators, teacher educators, and professors serving at the tertiary level.
The program emphasizes the knowledge and skills needed by educational leaders. It incorporates a research orientation and is intended to prepare students for effective decision making, enabling them to become positive change agents in their institutions. A solid foundation in Adventist educational philosophy prepares students for leadership positions through which they can exert an influence on the future of Christian educational systems.
The PhD program is offered with emphases in the areas of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Administration. Cognates for the PhD degree are available in the areas of Business Management, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, Fundamentals of Education, Public Health, Instructional Technology, Library Administration, Religious Education, Research and Statistics, and TESOL.
Estimated completion time for the PhD program is approximately 39 months (approximately 24 months for coursework beyond the MA in Education, 3 months to prepare for the comprehensive examination, and approximately 12 months for the PhD dissertation). Prerequisites may increase this estimate
- An MA in Education degree or its equivalent (a minimum of 36 semester hours required), with a minimum GPA of 3.50 (on a four-point scale). A prospective student who does not meet the entry-level GPA requirement may be admitted on scholastic probation and given opportunity to meet this requirement by earning a 3.50 GPA at AIIAS during the first 12 semester hours. Alternatively, students with a master’s degree in another discipline can meet entry requirements through an EdS program at AIIAS, with a GPA greater than 3.50. Credit transfer from an AIIAS EdS to an AIIAS PhD is automatic, regardless of whether the EdS was completed or abandoned. For an AIIAS PhD, an EdS from outside AIIAS would be subject to the 25% transfer rule, just as for any other program.
- Demonstrated English proficiency.
- Provide a statement (500-750 words), (a) describing why they desire to pursue a PhD in Education at AIIAS, and (b) the topic or topics they would like to pursue for their dissertation research.
- A minimum of 18 semester hours of graduate Education courses (minimum grade of B, counted as part of the MA credits), to include the following courses, regardless of the area of emphasis:
- Foundations of Christian Education
- Faith and Learning in Christian Education
- Research Methods
Those who hold a master’s degree in an area outside of education may select the Fundamentals of Education cognate and apply the credits earned toward the fulfillment of this requirement.
Additional graduate courses required for the emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction:
- Advanced Instructional Strategies
- Foundations of Curriculum or Process of Curriculum
- Additional graduate courses required for the emphasis in Educational Administration:
- Administrative Finance
- School Organization and Law
2. A master’s thesis or a report of other significant research. In the absence of such prior research, the student is required to complete RESM 685 Research Experience (3 semester hours.) as a prerequisite.
3. Teaching experience, normally a minimum of three years. A letter of verification is required.
4. At least one religion course (undergraduate or graduate), with a minimum grade of C, from each of the following areas:
- Adventist Beliefs
- Adventist History or Spirit of Prophecy
- Biblical Studies
The following courses are offered as graduate level self-study modules to meet these prerequisites:
- CHIS 501 Spirit of Prophecy (2)
- NTST 502 Life and Teaching of Jesus (2)
- THST 501 Adventist Doctrines (2)
Other Seminary courses may also apply (ask your program director)
To be awarded the PhD degree, a candidate must satisfactorily fulfill the following requirements:
- Complete a minimum of 48 semester hours of coursework beyond the MA in Education (600-level or above) with a minimum GPA of 3.50.
- Successfully complete a minimum of 3 semester hours of fieldwork.
- Pass the written comprehensive examination.
- Complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of dissertation credit.
- Pass an oral defense of the candidate’s dissertation before the Dissertation Defense Committee.
PhD students are generally limited to 12 credits per semester. A doctoral student may be granted an overload of 15 hours (9 hours during the Intersemester) only once during their degree program, provided that at least two of the courses involved are master’s level subjects.
A total of 66-68 semester hours is required for the PhD degree, distributed in the following manner: