There are more educated members on this forum than the entire top leadership within the JW religion. I never knew but a handful of elders with degrees. Most of the Elders I knew earned their degree prior to joining. In the top echelons the most educated are going to be the lawyers. Notice how the Governing Body has to quote other experts and never themselves or credit any research article that they were involved in. I doubt any of them can expertly read or write in any of the ancient bible languages.
I remember one school overseer with a degree in Journalism, an accomplished TV personality. what a difference a degree makes.
I knew an Elder in Ft. Myers Florida that fit that profile. He was a local new anchor and gave talks at the circuit. He is now retired.
How does one fail a degree in theology?! Seriously, I'd like to know
It would depend where the degree was offered. I would imagine earning a degree in theology at Harvard wouldn't be easy. Trying to learn Hebrew, Ancient Greek, and other bible languages would be difficult for most. In addition to field experience requirement the program isn't easy. Then again a theology degree offered online by a non accredited school would probably be hard to fail.