12 units: Field research and dissertation for the the D.Miss. Acandidate with extended field experience may sub­ stitute 6 units of library research for the field research requirement Students enrolled part time Oess than nine units per semester) must plan to spend at least one semester in full-time residency (nine or more units) during the period of their enrollment. (2) TIME LIMIT FOR DEGREE COMPLETION All course and academic requirements for the D.Miss. degree must be completed within 10 years, beginning on the date of the student's first registration. Petitions for extension beyond 10 years will be consid­ ered on a case by case basis for students who may need extensive field experience or field research requirements.

(6) FIELD MINISTRY AND LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT All students must complete a minimum of three continuous years of practical mis­ sionary experience in a crosscultural (or cross-subcultural) setting. It is assumed that the student will acquire fluency in a second language learned during this mis­ sionary service and that this language will be the language of field research. (7) ADMISSION TO CANDIDACY Official candidacy for the doctorate signifies an advanced stage in the student's progress and is characterized by self-directed research and preparation of a dissertation under the di­ rection of a faculty advisor. In order to be ad­ mitted to candidacy the student must have: 1) Successfully completed the Preliminary Oral Interview 2) Passed the comprehensive examination 3) Completed the field ministry requirement 4) Received approval of the dissertation proposal by the Doctoral Committee Upon reaching candidacy a student must register for a total of 12 dissertation units prior to graduation. These units are divided equally between SOS 880 D.Miss. Disser­ tation Field Research and SOS 881 D.Miss. Dissertation. Units are ordinarily taken at the rate of three or six per term during the dissertation stage. Under special circum­ stances, and with the consent of the doctor­ al advisor, less than three units may be elected per term. If the doctoral candidate has not defend­ ed the dissertation by the time the 12 dis­ sertation units are completed he or she must be enrolled continuously each semester until graduation. This may be done at the rate of one unit a semester under SEM 882 D.Miss. Continuation Research. This enrollment carries no credit but keeps the student's registration current. (8) D ISSERTATION The doctoral dissertation will be based upon research conducted in the field of min­ istry, usually over a period of six months to one year. The dissertation must demon­ strate high attainment in scholarship relat­ ed to professional missiology. The disserta­ tion topic and proposal must be approved by the candidate's advisory committee prior to beginning of the student's field research. Three weeks prior to expected graduation the candidate must submit to the School of Intercultural Studies dean the original and four copies of his dissertation signed by the dissertation committee.

(9) FINAL ORAL EXAMINATION The final examination is an oral defense of the dissertation before the doctoral com­ mittee and other invited professionals. (10) GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS All students must present an acceptable dissertation, have satisfactorily passed their comprehensive examinations and have completed all required course work with a minimum 3.30 grade point average (GPA), to qualify for graduation. Doctor ofEducation (1) REs!DENCE AND COURSE WORI< The university program requires a total of 90 semester units for the Ed.D degree. A minimum of 48 semester hours of residence beyond the masters degree is required. In addition, the student must complete 12 semester units of dissertation research. A faculty advisor will guide each student in planning a program of courses to serve his or her ministry needs. Each student will se­ lect a mentor from the graduate faculty to guide his or her dissertation research. The program contains an 18 unit core requirement, plus 30 units of courses de­ signed for the student's individual ministry needs from across the graduate curriculum of the University and 12 units of disserta­ tion research. The core requirements are as follows: 1. DE 801 Historical and Philosophical Thought in Education 2. DE 803 Perspectives in Human Development 3. DE 804 Organizational Administration in Educational Leadership 4. DE 808 Educational Theory and the Practice of Teaching 5. DE 888 Educational Research Design 6. ssr 721 Crosscultural Education In addition to the core requirements, stu­ dents are expected to take SCL 500 Introduc­ tion to library Research, SCL 803 Qualitative Research, and SCL 879 Research Design. (2) TIME LIMIT FOR DEGREE COMPLETION All course and academic requirements for the Ed.D. degree must be completed within 10 years, beginning on the date of the student's first registration. Petitions for extension beyond 10 years will be consid­ ered on a case by case basis for students who may encounter extensive field experi­ ence or field research requirements.


A student who fails to register for one or more semesters is automatically withdrawn from the D.Miss. program. For reinstate­ ment, and before any course or dissertation work can be resumed, the student must make formal application for readmission to both the School of.Intercultural Studies Admissions Committee and the Biola University Office of Admissions.


All students will have an oral interview with a faculty committee to evaluate their progress and potential for successful com­ pletion of the doctoral program. The inter­ view is scheduled after one semester in resi­ dence and the completion of at least one significant piece of written work demon­ strating the student's skill in research writ­ ing. The results of this interview are re­ ported to the faculty which votes either to admit, admit with conditions, or not to admit the student to doctoral study. (5) COMPREHENSIVE ExAMINATIONS All students must pass comprehensive exams covering the following areas: 1) Intercultural Studies 2) History and Theology of Mission 3) Society, Technology and Missions 4) The student's specialization These exams are given once a year in April and serve as a major means of evaluat­ ing a student's suitability to continue studies toward the doctorate.

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