The flagship Program, to which IAISS (formerly, Institute of Science and Religion, ISR) is a partner, is the D.Th (Doctor of Theology) in Religion and Science offered by the Global Ministries University, California. IAISS, is facilitating the Doctorate Program in Religion and Science of the Global Ministries University, California. It provides the candidates seeking a Doctoral Degree (Th.D.) the opportunity to do so by enrolling in an online research-focused degree program. It is a research-intensive, specialist academic programme designed to enable students for careers in teaching, scholarly writing and counselling and in religious institutes, training centres, colleges and universities, and other educational institutions.
The Doctor of Theology Degree Program is designed to foster interdisciplinary research in the field of Theology, Philosophy and Sciences exploring the religious, ethical and theological implications of the developments in natural sciences.
It provides students with the best possible training in the study of religion and science under the internationally recruited faculty who have academic and professional expertise in the engagement between religion and science.
The Degree of Doctorate in Theology is awarded by the Global Ministries University, California. Global Ministries University, California, is licensed and permitted to grant degrees and issue diplomas by the State of California, as issued by Wayne Brenner, Licensing Manager for the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Global Ministries University, California, is a Member of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). For Details please visit, https://www.globalministriesuniversity.org/accreditation/
This is a research-intensive program. This program can be custom designed to enhance the goals of the individual candidates. This program is founded on the philosophy of the GMU for adult learners that “the students have the idea of what their particular academic needs might be and they are given the freedom to create their own learning experience.”
Students enrolling in this program will have access to all the courses offered in the joint Master’s program of the Institute of Science and Religion. Students will be required to either complete the Master’s program in Science and Religion before enrolling in the Th.D. or show that they have already completed either a Master’s degree in religious studies or in one of the scientific disciplines from a recognized educational institution.
Students enrolling in this program will have access to the GMU and IAISS Religion and Theology database. They will be provided with the technical assistance for accessing the various resources and in religion and science.
Students who have a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Theology, or in a closely or a closely related field can enrol for this programme. Students from the disciplines of Science with no background in philosophy and theology will have to complete the two courses on Philosophy and Theology offered in the MA in Religion and Science. Adequate science background, though not obligatory, will be an additional merit for this programme. Those who have no formal science background but have a firm interest in science-religion dialogue can apply for this course. Students who have completed the MA in Religion and Science jointly offered by GMU and IASISS will be eligible to enrol in this program.
Students will need to show the capacity to do doctoral-level research by completing a literature review of scholarly publications for a research project in the field of Religion and Science in consultation with the core faculty of the joint Religion and Science program.
Students interested in this program may take one of the courses offered in the joint Master’s degree program in Religion and Science at a minimal cost to determine if they wish to proceed with enrolment in it. The completed curriculum for the joint Master’s degree program will be made available for review to applicants for this program.
Examples of some possible general areas of Research for a Doctorate in religion and Science are as follows:
|History of the Interaction Between Science and Religion
|Chaos & Complexity
|Synthetic Biology and Religion
|Theory of Evolution & Theology
|Chance and Necessity
|Physics and Theology
|Cosmology and God
|Time and Eternity
|Reason and Faith
|Genetics and Theology
|Science and Mysticism
|Artificial Intelligence & Theology
|Robotics and Robotheology
|Science for Interfaith Dialogue
|Epistemology of Science-Religion Dialogue
|Science and the Eastern Religions
|Scientists and Religion
|Science and Eco-Theology
Candidates will be guided by the concerned staff in the choice of their research topic.
Scholarships available for deserving candidates