Post Graduate Studies
The Master of Arts
degree program in Biblical Studies without the need to return
to the environment of the traditional college classroom, Christian
Communication, Psychology and Christian Counseling, and Christian
Education is primarily designed for the mature professional
who seeks to further his or her education without the need to
return to the traditional college classroom environment. The
program allows you to continue working toward a degree while
maintaining your professional career.
The program has the flexibility of combining professional development
courses, workshops and seminars such as those offered by an
employer with other academic course requirements. This allows
you to optimize the use of your time for both your education
and your profession.
LBU offers the degrees of Master of Theological Studies and
Master of Divinity through the Seminary Division.
The admission requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate
programs are based upon the criteria of the institution. Admission
is further based on individual approval of the Admissions Office.
of Philosophy Degree
The Louisiana Baptist University doctoral programs lead to the
degrees of Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies, Psychology
and Christian Counseling, and Christian Education. Your individual
program of study will be developed from a core of required courses
based on your own personal and professional goals.
The external studies program requires that your plan of study
be developed specifically for you within the overall academic
requirements of the institution. A Doctor of Philosophy degree
will normally require 45-60 credit hours of work beyond the
Masters degree or 90 credit hours beyond the Bachelors degree.
Your faculty advisor is closely involved in the formulation,
planning and development of your program of study and research.
The faculty is committed to your achievement of excellence in
course work and in your professional development.
The Doctor of Philosophy programs utilize prepared courses in
the field of study in combination with extensive research projects
and cooperative education learning experiences. In this manner,
your program provides you with an opportunity to strengthen
your skills and knowledge in your chosen field and at the same
time to make a contribution to the advancement of knowledge.
It does this by allowing you to bring your unique expertise
to bear on a contemporary problem of interest to you and other
professionals in your field of study, within the context of
graduate study. The faculty of LBU believes that this program
offers a valuable opportunity for intellectual growth and development
to the mature professional.
A graduate student is required to maintain a 3.00 grade-point
average (based on a 4.00 scale) while completing his/her graduate
studies. A student may not consider themselves a candidate for
a doctoral degree until he/she has demonstrated this academic
ability through completed course work and received the doctoral
committees approval of the students prospectus.
Every candidate for a doctoral degree is required to prepare
and present a dissertation that shows competent independent
investigation of a subject area and is acceptable in form and
content to the students doctoral committee. It is necessary
that the work be of publishable quality.
The dissertation must exhibit originality and thoroughness of
research and must be an exhaustive treatment of the subject
chosen. The form of the dissertation must be approved by the
faculty advisor. In addition, the graduate student must present
his research in an acceptable and correct grammatical style.
Mere technical form is not enough; the material should reflect
the high quality of research and knowledge expected of a Doctor
of Philosophy degree candidate.
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