the flexibility of designing your own curriculum

Academic Overview

The Graduate Theological Foundation (GTF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution that offers students the opportunity to complete coursework directly through the GTF in the form of online, distance or on-site study. The GTF also identifies and endorses programs and venues throughout the U.S. and abroad where students may complete the academic requirements of their degree program. Students of the GTF enjoy the flexibility of designing their own curriculum based on their preference of degree specialization, venue location, course delivery method, and time and financial commitment. Students work at their own pace within the timeframe of their degree programs. 
 
Degrees are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Both professional level (praxis-oriented) and academic level (research-oriented) graduate degrees are offered at the GTF.
 
Professional degrees are oriented toward praxis in the relevant field of study with an emphasis placed upon topical issues, problem-solving agendas and mechanisms for implementation strategies. The exit project may be presented through the use of various media such as workbooks and manuals, videos, CD-ROMs, websites and DVDs. The end product is evaluated by the faculty. No oral defense is required.
 
Academic degrees are research-oriented and based upon an information retrieval and utilization agenda requiring the use of the GTF’s Online Research Library or comparable physical research library. The end product is a master’s or doctoral thesis written under faculty supervision and endorsed by the supervisor. A defense is required for the doctoral thesis.
 
Certificate Programs are graduate-level, non-degree programs designed for ministry/social service professionals seeking to increase their knowledge and competency in a specific area of study.  Each certificate requires completion of an online curriculum tailored to the student’s specific interests and needs.  Whether for personal enrichment or professional enhancement, GTF certificate programs provide a flexible and affordable opportunity for in-depth, specialized graduate study.

The GTF undergraduate degree-completion program

Professional Bachelors Degrees

BACHELORS DEGREES

The GTF undergraduate degree-completion program allows students to maintain their professional positions while completing a bachelor’s degree in one of three areas: religious education, theology, or sacred music. Specialized degree tracks are available for some degree programs to allow focused study in a particular area. A range of study options is also available to help students craft their own educational study plan.
 
The GTF awards professional baccalaureate degrees, the Bachelor of Religious Education, Bachelor of Theology and Bachelor of Sacred Music, which are built upon practical skills needed to function professionally within the student’s chosen field. The GTF makes a distinction between a professional baccalaureate degree and a liberal arts degree. While a liberal arts education attempts to provide a broad foundation of general studies, the professional degree provides a concentration in practical skills which may be exercised in the student’s profession.
Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.)
Bachelor of Theology in Islamic Studies (B.Th.)
Bachelor of Theology for Roman Catholic Deacons (B.Th.)
Bachelor of Religious Education (B.R.E.)
Bachelor of Sacred Music (B.S.M.) southeast asia program

graduate-level non-degree CERTIFICATEs

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

GTF certificates are graduate-level, non-degree programs designed for ministry/social service professionals seeking to increase their knowledge and competency in a specific area of study. Each certificate requires completion of an online curriculum tailored to the student’s specific interests and needs. Whether for personal enrichment or professional enhancement, GTF certificate programs provide a flexible and affordable opportunity for in-depth, specialized graduate study.
Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate in Theology
Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Psychology
Graduate Certificate in Canon Law
Graduate Certificate in Mediation
Graduate Certificate in Leadership
Graduate Certificate in Spirituality

Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Logotherapy

The Certificate in Pastoral Logotherapy is a graduate-level, non-degree program designed for ministry/social service professionals seeking to increase their knowledge and competency in the area of Pastoral Logotherapy.

POSTDOCTORAL CERTIFICATE IN CLINICAL PSYCHOTHERAPY
PREREQUISITES:
  • A doctorate in a cognate field of counseling or psychology
  • Membership in a professional organization in the field
  • State Licensure as a counselor OR 2 CPE Units

Professional and Academic Degrees

Masters Programs

Masters Programs

The Graduate Theological Foundation (GTF) is an educational institution that offers students the opportunity to complete coursework directly through the GTF, in the form of online, distance, or on-site study.  The GTF also identifies and endorses programs and venues throughout the U.S. and abroad where students may complete the academic requirements of their degree program.  Students work at their own pace within the timeframe of their degree programs. Both professional level (praxis-oriented) and academic level (research-oriented) graduate degrees are offered. 

Professional degrees are oriented toward praxis in the relevant field of study with an emphasis placed upon topical issues, problem-solving agendas, and mechanisms for implementation strategies. The exit project may be presented through the use of various media such as workbooks and manuals, videos, CD-ROMs, websites, and DVDs. The exit project is written under faculty supervision and endorsed by the supervisor.
 
Professional Programs
  • Master of Business Administration in Pastoral Planning and Church Management (M.B.A.) 
  • Master of Mediation (M.Med.)
  • Master of Pastoral Counseling (M.P.C.)
  • Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.)
  • Master of Sacred Music (M.S.M.)
  • Master of Tribunal Studies (M.Tr.S.)
Academic degrees are research-oriented, requiring the use of the GTF’s Online Research Library or comparable physical research library. The master’s thesis is written under faculty supervision and endorsed by the supervisor.
 
Academic Programs
  • Master of Tribunal Studies in Canon Law (M.Tr.S.)
  • Master of Theology (M.Th.)
  • Master of Theology for Roman Catholic Deacons (M.Th.)
  • Master of Theology in Islamic Studies (M.Th.)
  • Master of Theology in Buddhist Studies (M.Th.)
Master of Business Administration in Pastoral Planning and Church Management (M.B.A.)

Professional degree

Master of Mediation (M.Med.)

Professional degree

Master of Pastoral Counseling (M.P.C.)

Professional degree

Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.)

Professional degree

Master of Sacred Music (M.S.M.)

Professional degree

Master of Theology (M.Th.)

Academic degree – Thesis Required

Master of Theology for Roman Catholic Deacons (M.Th.)

Academic degree – Thesis Required

Master of Tribunal Studies (M.Tr.S.)

Academic degree – Thesis Required

Master of Theology in Islamic Studies (M.Th.)

Academic degree – Thesis Required

Master of Theology in Buddhist Studies (M.Th.)

Academic degree – Thesis Required

Professional and Academic Degrees

Doctoral Programs

Doctoral Programs

The Graduate Theological Foundation (GTF) is an educational institution that offers students the opportunity to complete coursework directly through the GTF, in the form of online, distance or on-site study.  The GTF also identifies and endorses programs and venues throughout the U.S. and abroad where students may complete the academic requirements of their degree program.  Students work at their own pace within the timeframe of their degree programs. Both professional level (praxis-oriented) and academic level (research-oriented) graduate degrees are offered.

 
Professional degrees are oriented toward praxis in the relevant field of study with an emphasis placed upon topical issues, problem-solving agendas, and mechanisms for implementation strategies. The exit project may be presented through the use of various media such as workbooks and manuals, videos, CD-ROMs, websites, and DVDs. The exit project is evaluated by the faculty. No oral defense is required.
 
Professional Programs
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
  • Doctor of Mediation (D.Med.)
  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
    • Latin American Studies
    • Interfaith Spirituality
    • Applied Ministries
    • Clinical Pastoral Supervision
    • Creative Arts
    • Ecumenical Ministries
    • Jewish Spirituality
    • Liturgy
    • Management Ministries
    • Pastoral Care and Counseling
    • Pastoral Logotherapy
    • Pastoral Planning and Church Management
    • Scripture
    • Spiritual Direction
    • Theological Studies
    • Transformational Leadership
    • Women’s Studies in Ministry
  • Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
  • Doctor of Sacred Music (D.S.M.)
Academic degrees are research-oriented, requiring the use of the GTF’s Online Research Library or comparable physical research library. The doctoral thesis is written under faculty supervision and endorsed by the supervisor. A defense is required.
 
Academic Programs
  • Doctor of Theology (Th.D.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
    • Biblical Studies
    • Church History
    • Clinical Pastoral Psychology
    • Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy
    • Islamic Studies
    • Pastoral Logotherapy
    • Pastoral Psychology
    • Theological Studies 
  • Doctor of Tribunal Studies in Canon Law (D.Tr.S.)
Degree-Completion Program
  • A.B.D. Degree-Completion Program
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Professional degree – Non-Project Option Available

Doctor of Mediation (D.Med.)

Professional degree – Non-Project Option Available

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

Professional degree – Non-Project Option Available

Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)

Professional degree – Non-Project Option Available

Doctor of Sacred Music (D.S.M.)

Professional degree – Exit Project

Doctor of Theology (Th.D.)

Academic degree – Thesis & Oral Dissertation Defense Required

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Academic degree – Thesis & Oral Dissertation Defense Required

Doctor of Tribunal Studies (D.Tr.S.)

Academic degree – Thesis & Oral Dissertation Defense Required

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN ISLAMIC STUDIES

Academic degree – Thesis & Oral Dissertation Defense Required

All But Dissertation (A.B.D.) - Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree Completion Program

Academic degree – Thesis & Oral Dissertation Defense Required

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