Students in the Global Ph.D. program apply through the CST process, with the endorsement of their home institution, and must meet the academic standards for admission, including English Proficiency Requirements.
Instruction throughout the program is in English.
Three years of coursework are required at the rate of two courses per semester.
Students will participate in intensive two- and three-week seminars at Chang Jung Christian University in Tainan, Taiwan, and will complete course requirements online thereafter. Students will spend one semester in residence at CST in the United States.
All students in the program will complete six core seminars, each seminar taught by CST or CJCU faculty in an intensive format, followed by online discussion:
1. Introduction to Contextual Theologies
2. Postcolonial Theory/Theologies
3. Asian Biblical Hermeneutics
4. Christian History and Mission in Asian Cultures
5. Interreligious & Intercultural Studies
6. Pedagogy & Teaching in Global Contexts
Students will also take six additional courses from across the CST curriculum, three of which serve as an area of concentration.
During their semester in residence in the United States, students will have the opportunity to work with faculty from their area of concentration.
Areas of concentration include: Practical Theology, Biblical Studies, Comparative Theologies, Theology & Ethics, Process Studies, Interreligious Studies, Spiritual Formation and Religious Education, Worship and Preaching, Spiritual Care and Counseling.
Students will be required to show competence in two research languages beyond the student’s first language, dependent upon the approval of the advisor.
Students will be required to successfully complete qualifying exams in order to build and demonstrate broad knowledge in the areas of the examinations, the ability to think critically in these areas, and the ability to think deeply about particular issues and thinkers.