I. Course Work
Full-time resident candidates must normally register for and complete the work of 3 doctoral courses (each carrying 4 credits)
each term until 12 courses have been completed. They may not engage in other fulltime employment during this period. The 12
courses of doctoral study must be completed with a grade of B (not B-) or better in each course. The normal distribution of courses shall be: 6 in the candidate's major field, 2 in the minor field, and 4 in the Anglican Studies Seminar.
A project of investigation in connection with either the work of a seminar or individually supervised work which requires intensive research relating to the candidate?s field of study may be undertaken as a doctoral reading course.
II. Program Proposal and Language Requirements
In the first term of residence the candidate must propose a program of study, by a date set by the Committee, and secure its approval by the Committee.
Through written examinations administered by the Committee, the candidate must satisfy the Committee that he or she has a competent knowledge of no fewer than two foreign languages commonly used in scholarly discourse and research in his or her major field of tudy, not including English and the student's primary language (if other than English). Typically, these languages include Latin, German, or French, and other languages may be appropriate. Languages of scholarly discourse may be distinct from biblical languages and languages required for field research in a particular. Language examinations must be passed by the beginning of a candidate's third term of residence; exceptions to the timing may be granted by petition. Persons considering the Th.D. degree are encouraged to address language acquisition before entering the program.
III. Comprehensive Examinations
The candidate must pass a set of comprehensive examinations, one each in:
- Anglican Studies
- the candidate's major field
- a specific topic within the major field
- a minor field (which may not be Anglican studies).
Bibliographies on which the examinations will be based must be submitted by the candidate no later than the beginning of the Michaelmas term following the completion of course work.
Comprehensive examinations will be taken no later than the beginning of the Easter term following the completion of course work. Examinations in Anglican Studies and in the candidate's major field will be followed shortly by a viva, or oral examination. The examination in the minor field may be an extended paper or a viva.
Each examination is evaluated by at least two qualified persons, one of whom must be a member of the Faculty of General. The examinations are evaluated on a pass/fail basis. The subjects of the comprehensive examinations, and the dates on which they were passed, are entered on the candidate's transcript.
IV. Doctoral Dissertation
The candidate must submit and successfully defend a dissertation in the major area of study that has been endorsed by the Committee and approved by the Faculty. The dissertation must be substantial in character and length (approximately 100,000 words), show scholarly knowledge of the literature of the subject, and demonstrate extensive research and originality of thought.
The dissertation is prepared under the supervision of two members of the Faculty appointed by the Committee. When the dissertation has been approved by the supervisors, it is to be submitted to the Committee not later than February l of the year in which the candidate expects to graduate.
Examination of the dissertation is conducted by a panel of five examiners including: two members of the Faculty, normally the dissertation supervisors; the Chair of the Advanced Degrees Committee; and two external examiners appointed by the Dean of the Seminary upon recommendation of the supervisors and the Committee.
The examining panel reports to the Faculty, through the Chair of the Committee, their judgment of the dissertation and of the candidate's defense of it.