Earning a Yeshiva Degree
4. Completing Courses
5. Thesis or Dissertation
The first step towards completing a Yeshiva degree is to apply. An application is not the same as enrollment; it is simply the process of submitting student information to be reviewed by Yeshiva staff. Complete the application and pay the application fee to begin the process of becoming a student. As part of the application process, students may submit any additional transcripts to be considered for transfer credit.
Kehillat Yeshua Messianic Yeshiva does not operate as a typical seminary or university in the sense that there are full-time faculty members teaching set assigned courses. Rather, the Yeshiva operates on a mentorship model as explained here. The third step for students pursuing a degree is to select their preferred student mentor from the Faculty page along with a "backup" selection. Should the primary selected mentor be available, he/she will reach out to the student to begin establishing the mentor relationship. However, if the primary mentor is unavailable or unwilling to accept a new student, the "backup" selected mentor will be contacted. For more on the mentorship process, please visit the Yeshiva Discipleship Model page.
After a student has been successfully enrolled, he/she will begin classes on the first day of the month following admission. It is advised that students work through courses sequentially, that is, one at a time, until complete. This will allow the student to focus on perform deeper research than trying to bounce between subjects and courses. Once the student has begun a course, he/she should work on it until it is complete. Once the student's research period for a course has concluded (which occurs when they are confident enough to write on the given topic), they will write and submit a term paper demonstrating their mastery of the subject. Their mentor will review and grade the paper and submit it to the review committee as well, to ensure grading standards are fair and equitable. Once a grade has been accepted for a class, the student is done with it (provided the grade is passing).
At the conclusion of all required courses and electives, the student will write a thesis (for undergraduate and Master's level) or a dissertation (for doctoral programs) and submit it to the Yeshiva staff for review. Thesis / Dissertation is considered an 8-credit course and include the process of research, writing, revising, peer review, and finally submission and oral defense. All programs at Kehillat Yeshua require successful completion and defense of a thesis / dissertation before a degree is awarded.