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Doctor of Ministry - Program Overview
The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is a 36 credit-hour terminal professional degree for ministry specialists. It is appropriate for ministry leaders in diverse leadership settings such as church, parachurch, hospital and military chaplaincy, education, counseling and missions work. The degree builds upon the foundation of a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree by providing opportunities for sharpening critical and reflective thought skills, research and advanced leadership training.
The D.Min. is a blend of academics and practical training. It is an ideal terminal degree for those who wish to be involved in teaching practical ministry in a Bible college, seminary or university setting. It can also provide a transformational experience that provides a means to retool and renew in mid-career, career change or during sabbatical.
There are several key components of the D.Min. program:
(For more information on a particular component, select its title below.)
The core courses, taken by all D.Min. participants, are the backbone of our curriculum and designed to provide you with the advanced ministry skills and personal transformation that are necessary for effective ministry leadership. The professional concentrations allow you to personalize your study by choosing specialized directed courses in a ministry specialty. They also provide a cross-disciplinary opportunity for study in conjunction with other schools because, only possible because we are more than a seminary, and are part of a university. In the dissertation phase, our program offers opportunities to focus all you have learned on leadership issues that exist in your own context of ministry. This phase also presents the opportunity for grant-funded research in the focused area of your ministry specialty.