Honorary Degrees in Theology
Honorary Degrees are the same type of Degrees one would receive from any other church school in America or abroad. These Degrees allow one to use a D.D., Th.D. or S.T.D. postnomial. Typically, it will open many doors.
Thousands of people from all over the world have already received such degrees either from a church or a university.
These degrees do not bestow authority, such as performing pastoral functions or anything that requires State or federal licensing. It is strictly a religious degree. However, it does allow one to use the title of Doctor.
If you are an ordained or licensed clergy person, an Honorary Degree may give you more credibility and authority in church and society. If you are not an ordained or licensed clergy person and would like to be incardinated into a church, the School may make recommendations, as appropriate, to refer you to a suitable church jurisdiction.
Many people from all types of churches around the globe hold such degrees. Most countries have recognized church degrees for decades.
A special test for an honorary degree is not required. A doctoral theology degree is often a supportive element in church outreach and operation. Historically, it is the first degree the church has offered.
Policy and Procedures
This section outlines the School's policy and procedures in regards to the granting of honorary degrees. Meister Eckhart Divinity School will begin granting honorary degrees in 2018. Nominations can be processed beginning in December of 2017.
1. Meister Eckhart Divinity School awards degrees honoris causa (translated: for the purpose of honoring) in order to reward or advance outstanding individuals in the area of academic, educational, pastoral and leadership achievement. Thus, honorary degrees may be awarded to a person deserving of honor by virtue of scholarly distinction, noteworthy public service or significant contributions to the church at large.
2. In the selection of candidates for honorary degrees, preference is given to those who have been at least 10 to 15 years in the ministry.
3. All aspects of the nomination process are confidential. Nominations may be submitted by any person or organization. However, each nomination must be endorsed by either the President or Chancellor of Meister Eckhart Divinity School. Every nomination must be accompanied by a biographical sketch and Résumé of the candidate, a summary of the accomplishments or deeds for which the nominee would be honored, incl. supporting documents.
4. The Honorary Degree Committee makes its recommendations to the President of the School, once all paperwork is complete and the tuition is paid in full.
5. Nomination packets of persons selected to receive honorary degrees become part of the official record of the School to be filed in the archives.
6. Scheduling of conferring of an Honorary Degree depends on the convenience of the School and of the person being honored. The President of the School has complete discretion in scheduling.
7. In general, no more than two honorary degrees are conferred per year.
8. The format of the honorary degree itself is to be the same as that for Degrees awarded to regular students. Degrees are granted only in the name of Meister Eckhart Divinity School with the campus designation appearing in the body of the certificate as a means of specifying the location where the degree is conferred.
9. Honorary degrees may be awarded in absentia.
10. Should an Donorary Degree designee not be accepted in the year the Degree is to be awarded, the name shall be resubmitted for approval, and the Chancellor or School President recommends shall confer the Degree in a later year.