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AADP Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I qualify for the NTS Accelerated Academic Degree Program (AADP)?

To qualify, you must have a prior degree in a compatible major (see compatibility table). For example:

A.       If you are interested in completing a Master of Theology in Biblical Studies through the AADP degree program, (1) you must have an earned bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies, or (2) a bachelor degree in another major with supporting documentation through competency college / university transcripts showing a minimum 30 credit hours which prove competent knowledge in a subject major which is compatible with your major in the AADP degree program or complete the Graduate Core Curriculum, plus (2) two courses on the major.

 

B.      If you are interested in completing a Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies through the AADP degree program, you must have (1) a master’s degree in Biblical Studies, or (2) a masters degree in another major with supporting documentation through competency college/ university transcripts showing a minimum 30 credit hours which prove competent knowledge in a subject major which is compatible with your major in the AADP degree program or complete the Graduate Core Curriculum, plus (2) two courses on the major.

 

Is the NTS AADP Degree different from the NTS Regular Academic Degree?

No. The degrees themselves are the same. The difference is reflected in the student transcripts that will be available after completion of your degree program. The AADP student transcript will reflect a thesis-only for a master degree or dissertation-only for a doctorate degree only, since no courses would have been completed in the AADP program.

 

Is the love offer amount different for a regular academic degree program and an AADP degree program?

No. The love offer amounts are the same for both programs. The option of the student to enroll in the AADP program does not change the amount of the love offer required. For the AADP master degree program, the love offer is a minimum $2,300.00. For the AADP doctoral degree program, the love offer is a minimum of $2,300.00. The Love Offer in lieu of tuition is an arbitrary amount chosen freely by the student/ applicant once the minimum has been offered.

 

Can I enroll in a bachelor degree program under the AADP degree program?

No. However, you may enroll in the combined Bachelor / Master Degree Program with NTS and automatically qualify, after completion of the normal academic bachelor program, for enrollment in the AADP master’s degree program.

 

Can I enroll in a combined Master / Doctorate Degree Program under the AADP degree program with NTS if I already have a bachelor degree in the major I am seeking?

Yes, you can. You will be earning your master and doctorate degrees by thesis and dissertation only. Keep in mind that both a thesis and dissertation will be required. This is not an uncommon practice. Degrees by thesis or dissertation are offered by numerous Colleges and Universities both in the USA and worldwide, including prestigious world renowned institutions of higher learning. This is a fully acceptable and respected process for earning graduate level credentials which is recognized worldwide.

 

Can I enroll in the AADP degree program if my prior degree is in a major not related to Christian studies?

Yes, you can. However, you must provide transcripts that reflect a minimum of 30 earned credits hours of prior studies in courses related to the AADP major that you wish to enroll in, or complete the Graduate Core Curriculum of (five) 5 courses, plus (2) two courses on the major. These 30 credits could have been earned by a combination of having attended more than one institution. The assessment will be accomplish by a review of all transcripts received and the total amount of credits earned in the related AADP major you are seeking to enroll in. Also keep in mind that you will still be required to submit a copy of your prior degree together with the transcripts that you are submitting for assessment.

 

What are the requirements for the thesis or dissertation in the AADP degree program?

The thesis or dissertation must be on a related topic to the major of the degree program. If you will be working towards a master degree, your thesis must be 15,000 to 30,000 words minimum in length (approximately 60-120 pages). If your will be working towards a doctoral degree, your dissertation must be 20,000 to 40,000 words minimum in length (approximately 80-160 pages). You should do a word count on your thesis or dissertation to make sure that you have met the minimum word count requirements. Your grade will be dependent on (2) two factors: (1) content, and (2) organization (grammar, style, etc). Keep in mind that you must first submit a thesis or dissertation proposal of approximately 2,000 words (4 to 6) pages in length on the topic and method of your research. The proposal must be approved by your advisor before you begin working on your thesis or dissertation. All thesis or dissertations submitted without an approved proposal will receive a failing grade, no exceptions.

 

How soon can I earn my degree through the AADP degree program option?

Completion of your program totally depends on your performance in meeting the required steps. Your degree will be awarded within 3-4 weeks after the following 3 steps have been fulfilled:

1.       You must provide, prior to graduation and award of your AADP degree, either:  A) a copy of your prior earned bachelor or master degree reflecting a consistent subject major. Or, B) a copy of your prior non related bachelor or master degree in addition to transcripts that reflect competency by having acquired a minimum of 30 credits related to the AADP major.

2.       Your approved thesis or dissertation proposal on file and your submitted thesis or dissertation must be graded by NTS and have received a passing grade.

3.       Your student financial account must be paid in full at completion of the AADP program and prior to award of your graduate degree.

 

How are degrees earned through the NTS-AADP program’s method of thesis-only or dissertation-only perceived by others in the educational community?

       The NTS-AADP degree program is a well known and accepted method in which many students are obtaining advance graduate level degrees in a variety of different majors in educational institutions around the world. The thesis-only and dissertation-only degree programs are also known by the term ‘degree by research’. There are a number of well known universities in the USA and internationally that offer this type of degree program. The University of Birmingham, Lancaster University, the University of Canterbury, and even the University of Oxford all offer degree by research, including Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.

     Acquiring your degree by the use of the AADP type programs has already been tested and proven as an accepted method of recognizing academic achievement in a specific major.  In France, the doctorate is always a research-only degree. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctorate)  In the USA, you have probably observed many advertisements by prestigious Colleges and Universities offering time accelerated master and doctorate programs by weekend study or by short term evening classes, summer workshops etc.

 

How can I enroll in the AADP degree program?

     To enroll in the AADP degree program option, you are not required to submit a second application. If you have already sent your application or have been approved for enrollment, or are now an active student and you meet the qualifications and wish to choose the AADP degree program option, just submit an AADP Admission Form. The Administration Office will confirm your qualification to enter the program. Be sure to complete all applicable areas in the form.

All approved requests for enrollment into the AADP program will receive an email confirming approval and pending transfer to the program from the seminary administration office.

IMPORTANT: To complete the transfer to the AADP program you are required to submit your initial payment as chosen by you in your original application. Once your initial payment has been credited to your student account, your transfer will be completed. If you have already submitted your initial payment at the time of the transfer request, and have met the qualifications, you will automatically be transferred without delay.

Once your transfer is complete, you will be required to submit a short thesis or dissertation proposal for approval prior to commencing your research paper to your assigned advisor. Your thesis or dissertation proposal must be approved prior to beginning your program. Thesis or dissertations submitted without a prior approved proposal in your student file will not be accepted.

You will also be required, at some time prior to the award of your degree, to fax or mail a copy of your earned qualifying degree or other degree with supporting documentation proving competency in your AADP graduate degree program subject major, to the Administration Office.

NOTE: All current NTS Students must meet the qualifications of the AADP program for your transfer to be approved.  

 

To submit your documentation:

The seminary administration office fax number is: 1-727-494-1513.

The mailing address is:

Northwestern Theological Seminary

Administration

9438 US Hwy 19N #117

Port Richey, FL 34668