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Academic year: 2023



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The comprehensive mission of the Church towards the whole person in society in modern times. What does the experience of being a minority community mean for the life of the Church.

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Ph.D. in Holistic Child Development

M.A. in Community Planning, University of Cincinnati, 1992; Certificate of Higher Postgraduate Studies in Business, 1998; Ph.D., Regent University, 2001. PATRICIA TOLAND B.A. and MA in Intercultural Studies, Columbia International University, USA, 1987 and 1998; PhD, Biola University, USA.

Ph.D. in Transformational Learning

Advanced Certificate in Portuguese Language and Culture, University of Lisbon, Portugal, 1975; M, Ed., Curriculum Development, Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA, 1992; Ph.D., University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa 2006. CHIU ENG TAN B.S., University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines 1976; Master of Biblical Studies, Biblical Seminary of the Philippines, 1980;.

PhD in Transformational Development

Academic Information

Admission Prerequisites

The Admissions Committee consists of the Academic Dean and Registrar of APNTS, and each of the APNTS/AGST PhD program directors. If the admission requirements as mentioned above are not met, provisional acceptance can be offered when deemed appropriate while the student fulfills the unfulfilled requirements.

Application Procedure

Prepare a statement indicating how the studies will be funded, including specific commitments from institutions or individuals who may act as sponsors. Read the application form for more detailed instructions, which can be downloaded from www.apnts.edu.ph.

Important Visa Information for PhD Students

International students must keep their tourist visa valid while they wait for a visa to allow them to study. Students fill out forms for both the Bureau of Immigration and the National Bureau of.

Academic Policies and Procedures

  • Transcripts
  • Ethics
  • Academic Honesty
  • Student Course Load
  • Class Requirements
  • Residency Requirements
  • Guidelines for Directed Study
  • Guidelines for Independent Studies
  • Policy for Incomplete Grades
  • Style Manual
  • Comprehensive Examinations
  • Dissertation Guidelines
  • Statute of Limitations
  • Grading and Evaluation
  • Graduation Requirements

The student should spend at least as much time on this topic as would be expected in a regular class. If the student fails to submit by the deadline, the professor will give the student an F. A student must have taken at least 9 units in the doctoral program before it can be awarded.

If the student does not hand in within the set term, the professor will give the student a W.

AGST Library Privileges

Library Hours


See the library handbook for other library policies and regulations related to the use of library materials.

Online Resources

Financial Information

For students from developed countries

4 Students from developing countries pay $75/block (residence fee) to maintain their status in the program, if unable to defend their actual thesis within two years of the proposal defense. 5 Student payments can be kept in a personal fund so that, if they cannot complete the degree, they can receive that money back. 6 Students from developed countries pay $110/block (residence fee) to maintain their status in the program, if unable to defend their actual thesis within two years of the proposal defense.

7 Student payments could be held in a personal fund so that if they are unable to complete their studies, they can get that money back.


It also allows students to build into their degree plan the opportunity to learn from other fields of study.

PhD in Holistic Child Development (HCD)

The PhD in HCD is designed to meet the church and society's need for competent children's advocates, practitioners, and educators. Dan Balayo, and CI (represented by Menchit Wong and Dr. Dan Brewster) to work on courses that will be suitable for the MA in HCD as well as the PhD in HCD. In November 2009, the first PhD in the HCD class was held with five students: one Indian and four Filipinos.

From then on, professors from different parts of the world came to teach at PANTS to equip students for holistic ministries with children.

PhD in HCD Program Design

HCD Elective Courses – 18 units – offered every 3 years HCD911 A Biblical Theology of Children and Childhood HCD912 The Child in Christian Thought. HCD953 Administration and Leadership for Children's Ministries (HCD students take TL/TD 951 in lieu of this course) HCD954 Community Development. Courses will be offered in 2-week modules, scheduled in two blocks during each school year, normally January and February, May to July.

PhD in Transformational Development (TD)

The uniqueness of the program, which is not duplicated anywhere, in an evangelical context, would be attractive to students all over the world. The international component of the seminary itself would act as an excellent laboratory of multicultural life. The lower cost of the program compared to Western tuition requirements makes the offer accessible to a much wider range of students and scholars.

The program's Christian orientation brings theological and evangelical (good news) integrity that transcends secular epistemology.

PhD in Transformational Development Program Design

Courses will be offered in 2-week modules, scheduled in two blocks during each school year, usually January and February, June and July. Sometimes, to accommodate the schedule of the professor or a special learning event, courses may be scheduled at other times. Students wishing to take TD990 Practicum will arrange with the TD Program Director at a time that works with the students' schedule.

PhD in Transformational Learning (TL)

It is of particular interest to those preparing to teach or provide educational leadership in colleges, seminaries, or other faith-based organizations. Students are invited to participate in a rich multicultural community to learn from each other and with professors who are qualified to facilitate the transformative learning process.

PhD in Transformational Learning Program Design

Students wishing to take TL957 Practicum should arrange with the TL Program Director at a time that suits the student's schedule.

PhD Course Descriptions

Research and Writing (9 Units)

The last assignment in the course will be the first draft of the second chapter of the dissertation, Literature Review. In consultation with their advisors, students will refine the design of their research project and write a first draft of Chapter 3 of the proposal. They will also refine the earlier sections of the proposal in light of potential changes in the research design and submit a first draft of the full proposal as their final project. Students will continue to refine the proposal in consultation with their advisor, so you will soon be ready to defend the proposal.

Advisors guide students in writing, defending and presenting the final written version of the dissertation.

Inter Disciplinary Foundations (9 Units) ID901 Philosophy and Theology of Transformation

Those who do not finish in three blocks can continue their research by paying certain continuation fees.

PhD in HCD Courses

They will be exposed to various Christian ministries that provide holistic intervention strategies with children in various settings. This course prepares students to work with children with a solid theoretical and conceptual foundation in public health and the strategies used to create behavioral change for health and disease prevention in individuals and groups. The course also focuses on planning care for the children's carers, who often experience secondary traumatisation.

Students will participate in an average of 300 hours of ministry for a period of one year of concrete encounters and acts of service or training with children, parents, teachers and other groups of people who work with children from a theological perspective.

PhD in TD Courses

The prophet Jeremiah speaks of seeking "the shalom of the city." Nehemiah presents a practical rationale and sequence that shows both community development and community organization to rebuild a city seeking righteousness, justice, and biblical principles. TD953 Confronting Poverty and the Culture of Poverty This seminar seeks to understand the conditions that create poverty, the resilience of the "culture of poverty" and biblical responses to create a more just and equitable society. Conflict must be either "issue-based conflict" or "identity-based conflict," the latter being much more difficult to resolve.

As part of the course requirements, “mapping” of neighborhood resources, initiatives, and places will be assigned.

PhD in TL Courses

Students will reflect on the attitudes, character, and teaching methods of Jesus and the most effective teachers they have experienced. Students will reflect on their experience of Christian discipleship in light of transformative learning theory, biblical models for nurturing faith, historical and. Explores the partnership of family and church in the spiritual education of children and youth.

Students will reflect on the experiences and issues facing adolescents in their ministry contexts and develop plans to enhance holistic transformational learning experiences for those young people.




Based on the Scholarship Committee's review, the applicant will be notified of how much and for how long the scholarship applies. Students who have received scholarship funds and whose financial status changes at any point in the program are required to inform the Scholarship Committee so that their eligibility can be reassessed. The student would apply for the scholarship through the process and with the stipulations articulated in the Scholarship Policy described above.

Students will need to complete their coursework and maintain a GPA of 3.5 to continue receiving the scholarship.

Comprehensive Examinations

  • Question Refinement--The examining committee will choose three of the best questions/problems, refine, revise, combine as needed or
  • Writing Answers--The student will have three weeks to review and write formal papers on the three questions/problems, each 10-15 pages
  • Grading and Announcement of Candidacy--Final Grades for the comprehensive examination will be assigned as follows

Students will include with each question a bibliography of resources they will draw on. answers/solutions students must use these resources to demonstrate their knowledge of the literature relevant to the question. This will be done outside of class and submitted to. examiners in both electronic and paper form. Student assignments will be worth 60% of the final comprehensive exam grade, 20% for each question averaged from the two professors.

During the oral examination, students will be asked literature questions related to each question/problem presented by the student, not just the specific questions/problems chosen for the papers.

Dissertation Guidelines

Dissertation Proposal - The proposal is the first three chapters of the dissertation and is developed chapter by chapter over three research courses. This course guides students in reviewing the literature related to their topic of study. In consultation with their advisors, students will refine the design of their research project and write Chapter 3 of the proposal.

Chapter-by-Chapter Guidelines—The following are content guidelines for each chapter of the dissertation proposal:.

The Problem Introduction

Once this phase is complete, an oral defense of the proposal with members of the dissertation committee can be scheduled. It grabs the reader's attention and encourages them to read on. Problem Statement (core problem - area of ​​concern, perceived need, explanation of relationships between variables or comparisons to be considered).

Statement of purpose: the purpose of the research (goal focus with emphasis on practical results or products).

Review of Related Literature

When the advisor is satisfied that the thesis has been satisfactorily completed, an oral defense of the thesis with committee members can be scheduled. Multiple copies of the thesis must be prepared for readers, committee members, the program director and the AGST Philippine Dean. Before the oral defense of the proposal, the committee members must receive the proposal and make suggestions for improvement.

External readers are not part of the negotiation committee, but can be invited to read the thesis.

The Problem and Its Setting o Introduction

Research Methodology and Procedures o Overview

Presentation and Analysis of Data

Footnotes are the preferred format for theses in the humanities (including the disciplines of Scripture, theology, and history). A thesis is the telling of a story about facts and arguments and the processes a person goes through in research. In other words, if the pointing is important to the thesis argument, it should be included.

If the point does not make any difference to the argumentation of the thesis, it should not be included.

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