The University of Fort Lauderdale offers the following doctoral degree programs:
• Doctoral Admissions
• Doctoral Academic Policies
• Doctorate of Ministry
The doctoral program was established to advance world-changing leaders, scholars and researchers in traditional and innovative areas of the ministry. The purpose is to expose qualified and dedicated students to an anthology of knowledge that is essential for the pursuit of highly professional and credible careers in the ministry. The program intends to develop the student in six areas: Bible education, Christian doctrine, leadership, ministerial practice, communication and research.
The philosophy is that a continuum and integration of knowledge, through a goal directed process, is essential in doctoral study. The breadth and complexity of study provides scholarship for purposeful and proficient ministry that embodies leadership, integrity and character. The continuum and integration of knowledge offers professional, academic, technological and theological pathways to effectively position the student for high achievement in the ministry and to influence the world with the Word of God. These pathways of knowledge formulate faith-based strategies to elicit positive change and restore world systems to the order of God. The philosophy purports a comprehensive and integrated curriculum to cultivate achievements that are unprecedented in the ministry.
The purpose of the doctoral program is to challenge and innovate for the interpretation, administration and application of biblical truths. The curriculum is grounded in biblical principles and provides the student an opportunity to develop as a visionary and map a learning plan that reflects his or her area of interest. The student is encouraged to build a platform of service, resources and skills in engaging his or her calling in the ministry.
The doctoral program was revised in August 2003 to fulfill the purposes set forth. The program requirements and policies are applicable to all current and incoming students unless officially matriculated prior to November 2011 under the 2000-2001 graduation policies. The goals are to:
• Advance scholarly research and analysis for the interpretation, translation and application of biblical facts, doctrine and dispensational plans of Scripture,
• Develop scholars to design methodologies for teaching, ministerial and administrative outcomes,
• Guide the development, communication and publication of professional perspectives and strategies that embody the breadth of Scriptures and the ministry,
• Promote highly established leaders to effectively launch, direct and evaluate world-changing ministries particularly in untapped terrains.
There are eight guiding principles in the Doctoral program.
The knowledge and understanding of the Word of God must be sound.
The vision and goals of the candidate must be clearly designed as well as the primary focus of the student's learning objectives.
Doctoral candidate are stakeholders, who must be responsible and accountable to complete the program.
The course objectives and academic standards must be clearly explained.
The program must foster discovery, critical thinking and innovation.
The program must encourage students to pursue a sincere personal relationship with God.
The program must encourage obedience and the will of God for the individual.
The student's accomplishments must correlate with the extent of time and effort invested in study, research, and coursework.