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AADP Frequently Asked Questions
How do I qualify for the NTS Accelerated Academic Degree Program
To qualify, you must have a prior degree in a compatible
major (see compatibility table). For example:
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.
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
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
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
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?
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
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:
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.
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.
Your student financial account must be paid in full at
completion of the AADP program and prior to award of your graduate
are degrees earned through the NTS-AADP program’s method of
thesis-only or dissertation-only perceived by others in the
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
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.
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
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
9438 US Hwy 19N #117
Port Richey, FL 34668