Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy


(3 years/60 semester units)

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy Studies program is designed for students who intend to learn advanced understanding of classical Asian philosophy and Orient so that students can communicate the gospel and biblical wisdom to the East. The program helps students with understanding of the root of idea and philosophy inherent in the spirit world of Asians for thousand years. Such study includes history and philosophical understanding of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism in Oriental Thought and Oriental Philosophy. Particularly, the program emphasizes study on Confucianism, which is the representative idea of China and the Orient and its ideological background, which is I-ching that is based upon Yin-Yang and Five elements of the University. The program helps students to study an in-depth study of I-Ching, its philosophical term, aspect, and interpretation. It also includes study of Analects of Confucius, Mencius, Great Learning, and Mean. Students also learn the practical aspect I-ching that includes Oriental meditation, Myeongri and Oriental Geographic, which have been developed based on I-ching in real life of Asians.

Program Requirements

Length : Approximately 6 semesters or 3 years
Core Business Courses : 45 semester units (15 courses)
Dissertation : 9 semester units
Theology Requirement : 6 semester units (2 courses)
Total Units : 60 semester units

Unit Transfer Policy

A transfer unit cannot exceed 49% or more of total graduation units. This means the majority of units must be taken at Caroline University. The acceptance of credits is at the description of the university, depending upon the academic rigor of the prior course experience.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the summation of the Doctor of Philosophy Studies, the student will be able demonstrate the following capacities:
  1. To demonstrate and to adapt their ability to outlineOriental Thought and Oriental Philosophy
  2. To practice Yinyang Theory and Five Elements of the Universe
  3. To analyze history and philosophical understanding of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism in Oriental Thought
  4. To apply I-Ching, its philosophical term, aspect and interpretation to practical context
  5. To practice their ability to design development of Oriental thoughts with a clear embodiment of Judeo-Christian ethics.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy Studies program:
  1. Have earned a Master of Philosophy program or its equivalent from an accredited graduate program (a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale).
  2. Complete Application form for admission
  3. Application Fee
  4. Recommendation Form

Dissertation Requirements

Upon completion of courses, students must register for dissertation units while drafting and successfully defending the dissertation. The Dissertation committee must approval every candidate’s doctoral dissertation committee.

Any dissertation committee will consist of three graduate faculty members selected at large from the program of Caroline University. The dissertation committee members will solely have the responsibility to mentor the doctoral candidate’s progress and approval all his/her doctoral dissertation content.

The final dissertation committee must approval the dissertation at the time of oral defense. All dissertation topics will have to be directly related to the field of religious philosophy studies. The content of such dissertation projects may investigate any oriental studies. The doctoral candidate must submit a preliminary draft of the entire dissertation work to every member of their dissertation committee by the beginning of the semester in which doctoral student contemplate graduation in order to allow dissertation committee members’ request and revisions before as well as after the final oral examination takes place.

The application requesting a date for the final oral dissertation defense must be submitted to the entire committee at least six weeks before the planned date of the oral defense of the dissertation in order to allow the dissertation committee members some time to determine whether the oral dissertation defense may be scheduled. The oral dissertation defense will be scheduled only if all the dissertation committee members agree that the dissertation is free of any major problems and indicate their agreement as well as their commitment to attend oral dissertation defense by signing the petition for final oral dissertation defense form.
Categories Code Course Title Units
Core Courses DPS701 Research in Yin-Yang and Five Elements Philosophy (3 units) 33
(11courses / 33 units) DPS702 Book of Oriental Classics II (3)
DPS703 Research in Eastern Philosophy and Classical Literature (3)
DPS704 Research in Taoism (3)
DPS705 I-Ching Lecture (3)
DPS706 Study on the Theories of Justice (3)
DPS707 The Analects of Confucius Lecture (3)
DPS708 Daehak Lecture JungYong (3)
DPS731 History and Philosophy of Science (3)
DPS732 Ethics for Dissertation and Research (3)
DPS756 Korean Traditional Geographic (3)
DPS771 Confucious Architecture Geomancy Aesthetic (3)
DPS772 Theories of Oriental Geographic History (3)
DPS773 Research in the Complete Text of Myungri Interpretation (3)
DPS774 Thesis Seminar (3)
DPS761 Book of Oriental Classics III (3)
DPS762 Book of Oriental Classics IV (3)
DPS763 Book of Oriental Classics V (3)
DPS764 Book of Oriental Classics VI (3)
DPS765 I-Ching I (3)
DPS766 I-Ching II (3)
DPS 767 Understanding Meditation (3)
DPS768 The Thought of Lao Tzu (3)
DPS769 The Book of Odes (3)
DPS770 Research in the Mencius’ Tourism Thought (3)
DPS780 JungYong Lecture (3)
DPS781 Study of Juja Thought (3)
DPS782 Human and Religion
DPS783 Philosophy of life and death(3)
DPS784 Advanced City Geography Theory (3)
DPS785 The History of Indian Philosophy (3)
DPS786 Advanced City Geography Theory 2 (3)
DPS787 The History of Indian Philosophical Thought (3)
DPS788 Topics in Metaphysics (3)
Total 33

Elective Courses: 2 Course (6 units)

Categories Code Course Title Units
Political Though tMajor
(7 courses)
DPS711 Theory and Practice of Economics (3) 21
DPS712 Topics in Social Ethics (3)
DPS713 Classics of Western Political Thought (3)
DPS714 History of Western Political Thought (3)
DPS715 Seminar in Theories of Justice (3)
DPS716 Topics in Contemporary Political Philosophy (3)
DPS717 Research of Global & Market-oriented Public Policy (3)
DPS718 Theory and Practice of Law and Economic
DPS719 Competition Policy and Consumer Welfare (3)
Theology Major DPS811 The Background of the New Testament (3)
DPS812 The Seminar on Evangelical Preaching (3)
DPS813 Community Lifelong Education (3)
DPS814 Christian Theory of the New Testament (3)
Total 21

Theology Requirements: 2 courses (6 units)

Categories Code Course Title Units
2 courses (6 units) OT701 Theology of OT (3) 6
NT701 Theology of NT (3)
THE701 Comparative Religion (3)
THE702 Psychology of Religion (3)
NT702 Synoptic Gospels (3)
NT703 Acts
THE703 Contemporary Theology (3)
THE704 Philosophy of Religion(3)
OT703 OT Historical Books (3)
OT704 Pentateuch (3)
OT705 The Prophets (3)
OT706 Biblical Interpretation (3)
OT707 Human and Religious (3)
Total 6

Graduation Requirements

  1. The completion of 60 semester hours of credit including at least 45 units of core courses and 6 units of theology requirements.
  2. Completion of course works with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 out of 4.0 scales.
  3. Completion of dissertation requirement and passing exit interview
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