Doctor of Religious Studies (DRS)


The GSST Doctor of Religious Studies degree is designed for those individuals who want to complete a post-graduate program, but who lack the normal prerequisite Master of Divinity or Master of Theology degree. Candidates who possess an earned, 32-unit Masterís degree in any discipline may be eligible for the Doctor of Religious Studies degree program.

Candidates may transfer a maximum of 15 units into the Doctor of Religious Studies degree program. These units may come from another institution, or through the acceptance of a Candidate prepared Ministerial Experience Portfolio.

A total of 51 units are required for this degree.

Entrance Requirements

  1. An earned 32-unit Master's Degree in any discipline.
  2. An entrance GPA of at least 3.0.
  3. A minimum of three (3) years of ministerial experience (professional or lay ministry.)

Program Requirements

  1. Candidates must complete 51 units of post-graduate level coursework.
  2. Candidates may transfer a maximum of nine (9) post-graduate units into the DRS program.
  3. Candidates must maintain a 3.5 GPA to maintain enrollment in the program.
  4. Candidates must participate in the GSST Monthly Payment Plan.Candidates must complete a minimum of 36 required units, including the three (3) unit Research Course and the six (6) unit Dissertation. If the candidate has completed the same or similar course as the requirement, another course may be taken as an Elective.
  5. Candidates may select as electives any courses totaling 15 units to complete the 51 unit requirement for graduation. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that students take BI921 HERMENEUTICS as one of their Elective courses.

Required Courses

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Course Name Units
CC900 GSST Orientation 3
NT952B Gospel Of Mark 3
BI911 Advanced Biblical Studies 3
TH911 Advanced Systematic Theology 3
TH915 Theology Proper 3
TH925 Theology Of Grace 3
TH930 Christ In The Old Testament 3
OT911 Old Testament Survey 3
NT911 New Testament Survey 3
RE911 Research Methods 3
RE931 Dissertation Or Project 6
  Required Course Units 36
  Total Units 51

Payment plans are available for this program.