Admission Requirements

This is a selective program and there is no guaranteed admittance even though applicants meet all the admissions requirements. The requirements for admission to the program include the following:

  1. A master's degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body or by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, verified on official transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.
  2. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution at which a minimum of 30 credit hours was completed.
  3. A graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher from the master'sdegree-granting institution at which a minimum of 24 credit hours was completed.
  4. A minimum of five years of leadership experience in the workplace, in volunteer organizations, or in the classroom as a teacher or instructor.
  5. Submission of all documents required by the Admissions Selection Committee and approval by the committee for admission into the program.

NOTE: The Admissions Selection Committee retains the right to waive admission requirements for special circumstances.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to nine hours of post-master's credit from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body or by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, provided that a grade of "B" or higher was earned in each post-master's course meeting the following criteria of the transcript audit:

  1. The course is clearly comparable to one of the Ph.D. program course offerings.
  2. The course is at the 600 or higher level in the numbering system and was not part of the master's degree requirements.
  3. The course has been completed within the past five years.
  4. The course reflects current knowledge-based and best practices.
  5. The course reflects higher-order thinking, study, and assessment requirements of the scholarship of discovery.

Graduation Requirements

To fulfill graduation requirements, students must have completed all of the following:

  1. All credits required in the course of studies with a minimum GPA of 3.25. The Seminars and Praxis and Dissertation credits are recorded as Credit or No Credit.
  2. Grade of "B-" or higher in each course.
  3. Comprehensive written exam and oral defense following the third Summer Residency Institute and satisfactory completion of all coursework.
  4. Dissertation successfully completed and defended orally. Dissertation must be completed within four years from the point of completing DOL-915.
  5. Payment of all tuition and fees.

Residency Requirements

Residency for the doctoral program is satisfied by living on the campus in Marion, Indiana, during three Summer Residency Institutes. These institutes take place over eight days, during the second week of July, beginning on a Friday and concluding the following Friday.

NOTE: Intensive Sessions: Students are required to attend the three intensive sessions held in the January, April and September terms which run Friday and Saturday at various locations.

Attendance Policy

All doctoral courses are a blend of live and asynchronous online discussions. Students are expected to attend all live synchronous sessions. Online attendance is determined by participating in weekly discussions. Attendance is required every day of the Summer Institute for all students.

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