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Purpose and Objectives of the PhD in ES Program

Program Learning Objectives

The PhD in Educational Studies is designed for leaders with a minimum of three years of education related experience, and it will have the following outcomes:

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to design and conduct original empirical research with biblical integration to contribute to the educational field.
  2. Understand, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and apply knowledge from the literature to address the needs of educational and ministry settings.
  3. Demonstrate abilities and skills in teaching, administration in educational and ministry settings.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking and writing skills for scholarly works.


Requirements for Admission

Applicants seeking admission to the PhD in ES program at GMU must meet the general criteria for admission to the school as well as the requirements listed below.

  1. Those who have received a Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Theology (ThM) degree from an educational institution accredited by the US Department of Education.
  2. Those who hold a master’s degree in MA have completed 36 credits and have completed pre-requisite courses required by Doctoral Office. The minimum of 9 units of Bible/Theology and 9 units of (Christian) Education are required. When combined, the maximum of prerequisites will be 15 units.
  3.  3 years of vocational experience in educational field. This can be satisfied during the study through supplemental experiences.
  4. A score of 3.3 or higher on the basis of the average grade point average of 4.0 in the master’s course.

Admission Documents

Common Documents
  1. Application for Admission
  2. Final school English Transcript (Original)
  3. Graduate Certificate in English (Original) or a copy of Diploma
  4. ID Photo file
  5. Resume with the educational experiences
  6. A testimony of faith Form
  7. Two letters of Recommendation (one academic references and one pastoral/professional reference)
  8. Application fee $100
  9. Proposal for your research topic (3-4 pages)
    – Prepare and submit research topic, purpose of research, research methods, research contribution and references (at least 20 books)
  10. Research Paper (15 pages)
    – Mater Thesis or sample research paper demonstrating the research skills
  11. Book Review – 1 submission (3 pages)
    – Submission including summary, content analysis, and educational critique.
Recommended Books
  1. Habermas, Ronald & Issler, Klauss. Teaching for reconciliation.
  2. Downs, Perry. Teaching for spiritual growth: An introduction to Christian education.
  3. Palmer, Parker. Courage to teach.
  4. Knight, George, Philosophy & Education.
F-1(International Student) New Entry, Common Documents
  1. Statement of Financial Support
  2. Certificate of Bank Balance
  3. Copy of Passport (All Accompanying Family Members)
  4. F-1(I-20) New Student Application
  5. International Student Insurance Certificate
F-1(International Student) Transfer Additional Documents
  1. Current School I-20 Copy
  2. F-1 Transfer Student Application

Admission Notification

The doctoral research committee may accept admission within the following categories: Unconditional admission, conditional admission. The tuition fee will be paid when the student enrolls. Postponement of registration for 12 months or more is not allowed.

  1. Unconditional Admission: Applicants must submit all supporting documents and meet the requirements for admission.
  2. Conditional Admission: If the applicant’s average grade point is in the range of 2.90 – 3.29 on a 4.0 basis, submit the essay required by the doctoral office (page 15). If the applicant is lacking in vocational experience, he or she may supplement during the study with the preapproved educational experiences.
  3. Rejection: If applicants who are not approved for admission are to be reapplied, they can be apply after waiting at least one year. In order to be admitted, they must meet the admission requirements that were not previously met.

Transfer of Credits

PhD in ES students who wish to pursue a credit transfer from another educational institution authorized by the US Department of Education may apply for credit transfer according to the following procedure.

  1. In order to receive credit, applicants must apply to the doctor in writing or by e-mail. Students from other educational institutions authorized by the US Department of Education will be evaluated by the doctoral office first and the second by the doctoral research committee. Third, for this evaluation, the student must submit to the doctoral office all transcripts received from the higher education institution (university or higher) where I was educated. Up to 12 credits can be recognized.
  2. Only the credits of classes meeting the requirements of the Grace Mission University degree are reflected in the student’s record and transcript.
  3. Only classes that have received B+ credits from other educational institutions are accepted.
  4. Only classes with B+ credits from other educational institutions are accepted.

Graduation Regulations

  1. The credit for graduation is 52 credits.
  2. GPA for graduation should be 3.3 or higher.
  3. The student must pass the graduation thesis after completing the course work.
  4. The school year is seven years.

Tuition and Scholarships


Tuition Fee

Tuition $550(1 Unit)

$2,200(4 Units, One Subject)

$4,400(8 Units)

Total Couse Fee $31,900


*Tuition fee total cost after Scholaships

1) Overseas Missionary 40%($19,140)

2) Domestic Missionary 30%($22,330)

3) Pastor 20%($25,520)

Application Fee $100

Tuition for Each Semester $130

Extension Fee $130(Semester)

Leave of absebce Fee $130(Semester)

Graduation Fee $500

Auditing(One Subject)) $200

Leave of absence procedure

Interrupted Status (Short-term leave)

Short-term leave is one semester and approved only twice during the doctoral course. A fee of $130 per semester is charged. Students who are on short-term leave can take classes during this period. Application must be made on the first day of the semester.

Inactive Status (Long-term leave)

Long-term leave is allowed only for special cases, such as sick leave, for a period of one year. In exceptional cases, you may be granted a maximum of three years (six semesters), but in this case you must apply annually. A fee of $260 per year is charged. Students who are on long term absences can not attend or attend classes during this period.

Reactivation Process

A student returns from interrupted status or inactive status by completing the following reactivation process.

  1. Submit a formal letter to the doctoral office explaining how circumstances of the student have changed so that reactivation is possible.
  2. Receive a written statement supporting the return of the student from the person in his / her ministry office to the regular state and submit it to the doctoral office.
  3. Pay all fees
  4. Receive approval from the Doctoral Studies Committee

All students, regardless of status, must remain in regular contact with the Doctoral Studies Office. This contact may be established by (a) matriculating in a seminar or (b) sub-mitting a letter or email confirming the student’s current status and mailing address. The doctoral Studies Committee will consider students who fail to maintain contact by such means as having withdrawn from the program.


Academic Advising

All doctoral students will meet academic advisor once per semester to discuss the academic progress. This will be also opprotunity to build up relationship with the advisor and get mentoring and counseling.

Class schedule and method

Spring Semester (January to June)

All doctoral students must register by the beginning of December for Spring Semester classes. In general, the Spring Semester provides one course in January and one course in February. Each semester, students study 4 credits in intensive lectures for one week and total study two courses.

Fall Semester (July to December)

All doctoral students must register by the beginning of June for Fall Semester classes. In generally, the Fall Semester provides one course in July and one course in August. Each semester, students study 4 credits in intensive lectures for one week and total study two courses.

F-1 International Student Semester Registration

Those who hold an F-1 international student status are required to register 8 credits per semester to maintain their international student status.

Withdrawal from a Seminar

If student withdrawal from the course, student should pay attention to the following points.

  1. There is no additional fee if student withdraw before taking the intensive course.
  2. If student withdrawal from student course by the first day of the intensive course, $200 will be added.
  3. On the second day of the Intensive Seminar, students can not cancel classes. If they cancel, the grade will be Fail and the tuition fee will be refunded only 50%.

Academic Warning

Reasons for receiving an academic warning include the following but may be accompanied by other reasons.

  1. Maintaining less than a 3.3 GPA in doctoral studies
  2. In case that the tuition fee has not been paid for more than one semester.
  3. The first warning was given to a small error or unintentional behavior that violated Grace Mission University’s statement of integrity.
  4. Etc.

Paid Action

In case the student does not fulfill the school regulations faithfully or if the student has seriously undermined the authority of the school administration and the apprenticeship professor and the doctoral staff in a manner that is inadequate or disrespectful to the guidance of the professor and the staff of the doctoral, and the opinions of the faculty committee. The period of paying is 6 months. During the paid period, the student must give a genuine apology to the professor or doctoral staff. The form and contents of the apology must be submitted to the doctoral office. No courses can be audited and taken during the paid period and no instruction from Grace Mission University professor. In addition, you can not participate in all the events organized by the school. In the event of non-acceptance of paid action, it shall be discharged.


If a doctoral student has to withdrawal from doctoral program, doctoral student will send an e-mail or letter to the doctoral office to withdrawal.


Common reasons for termination from the PhD program would include:

  1. Failing to notify the doctoral office of any significant change in status or location.
  2. Maintaining less than a 3.0 GPA in doctoral studies.
  3. Earning less than a B+ in any two seminars.
  4. If you have committed an immoral act, you have committed a serious and repetitive act in violation of the school’s statement of integrity.
  5. Failing to complete at least one seminar per semester.
  6. Failing to meet financial obligations to the Seminary.
  7. In case of receiving less than B+ grade in the seminar.
  8. Conduct unbecoming of a minister of the Gospel.
  9. Withdrawing from three seminars once enrolled.
  10. Plagiarism or other forms of academic fraud.
  11. If you do not accept paid action.
  12. If you have acted in accordance with the acts mentioned above.