PhD in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric

PhD in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric

(Not currently accepting applications)
42 Credit Hours

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric prepares practitioner-scholars to serve the church and the academy. The program is not geared exclusively toward producing tenure-track, full-time professors. Instead, practitioner-scholars engage in scholarship from the perspective of their location in ministry, pursuing deeper study of relevant topics through PhD-level research and analysis. This is the first PhD program in African American Preaching in the country.

Program Highlights
  • The world’s first and only academic program of its kind where practitioner-scholars research, develop, and expose the untold treasures of the unique and indigenous American art form of African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric
  • Cohort-centered learning, with personal advisors assigned to each student
  • Academic rigor and innovative study at the highest level through courses that lift up the history of African American preaching and sacred rhetoric, theological exposition, practical skills for preaching, and the gifts these traditions offer the global church
  • Practical experience and community impact in the field through a Research Assistantship, Teaching Assistantship, and two Community Teaching Assistantships
  • Writing development for potential publication through course writings, collaborative projects, and dissertation work
  • Affordable program costs thanks to a 3 year scholarship awarded to every PhD student in a commitment to help students avoid life-altering debt
  • MDiv or educational equivalent from a theological school accredited by the Association of Theological Schools or its educational equivalent
  • Cumulative grade point average in all previous academic work of at least 3.5
  • GRE required

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MTS degree can be completed fully online

PhD in African American Preaching
and Sacred Rhetoric

is the

1st and only

PhD program of its kind in the world


persistence to graduation rate for DMin students
(more than twice the average for ATS-accredited programs)

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