The DPT program is designed for ministry practitioners who desire to contribute to their field of ministry through practice-led research.

The DPT is offered in hybrid form, which includes a combination of online and in-class sessions. Students are only required to travel to campus five times during the program.

Program Duration

Designed to be completed in 3 years

Admission Requirements

Agreement with the McMaster Divinity College Statement of Faith

BA or equivalent in an appropriate field of study with a minimum B average

Master of Theological Studies or equivalent with a minimum B average (students may enter the DPT immediately following completion of their Master’s degree)

A major paper from your Master’s degree, ideally in the field that you want to research

Three to five years of ministry experience or equivalent is preferred. A minimum of three years of ministry, not necessarily pastoral, is required for entrance into the program. The ideal candidate will be encouraged by their local church, or church-based organization, for advanced professional work in a particular area of focus.

Application Deadline

Accepting DPT applications to begin in January 2021. Application deadline is November 1.
Accepting DPT applications to begin in September 2021. Application deadline is May 1.

Tuition

Approximate cost per 5-unit course is listed above. For full details, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Program Requirements

Number of courses
Core Courses (5 units each) 3
Research Methods for Practice-Led Doctoral Study
Advanced Research in Practical Theology
Professional and Theological Ethics
Advanced Electives (5 units each) 3
Total courses 6
Retreat (1 unit each) 3
Research Dissertation Project (15 units) 1

Note: Research Dissertation Seminar will be required if proposal has not been submitted to faculty and approved upon completion of 6 courses. May be repeated once for continuing status.

Schedule

FALL 2020 Research Methods for Practice-Led Doctoral Study
Advanced Elective
Retreat
Research Dissertation Seminar
WINTER 2021 Advanced Research in Practical Theology
Advanced Elective
Retreat
Research Dissertation Seminar
SPRING 2021 Professional and Theological Ethics
Advanced Elective
FALL 2021 Research Methods for Practice-Led Doctoral Study
Advanced Elective
Retreat
Research Dissertation Seminar
WINTER 2022 Advanced Research in Practical Theology
Advanced Elective
Retreat
Research Dissertation Seminar
SPRING 2022 Professional and Theological Ethics
Advanced Elective

In-Class Sessions

Course 1 Tuesday
Wednesday
8:30am – 5:00pm
8:30am – 1:00pm
Retreat Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Course 2 Friday
Saturday
8:30am – 5:00pm
8:30am – 1:00pm

Supervision
The doctoral committee includes a primary supervisor along with the program director of the Doctor of Practical Theology program. A second advisory member of the faculty will be added at the time of Research Proposal approval.

Program participants work with the Primary Supervisor to choose courses that fit with their overall focus, and that move them toward advanced research preparation.

 

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