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Doctor of Ministry Program

Purpose

The Doctor of Ministry degree is an advanced professional degree designed for clergy and lay leaders who have a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent, which means a Bachelor of Divinity or a 90-credit Master's Degree in theological studies.

While the degree builds on a foundation in general theological studies, its over-arching objective is to foster creative practical and scholarly education to address the degree program's threefold purpose:

  • To provide a program of studies where experienced religious leaders can engage complex issues related to their vocation while drawing upon theological and theoretical resources
  • To deepen creative reflection, spiritual formation and scholarship in an area of specialization of ministry
  • To inspire reflective practitioners who embody and encourage daring and collaborative leadership in communities of faith and other ministry settings.

Prerequisites

Applicants must have at least three years experience in ministry subsequent to their first graduate theological degree. Applicants must also demonstrate evidence of a capacity for an advanced level of competence and reflection, with an ability to maintain a 3.3 cumulative average and to write a project of high quality.


Length of Program

The D. Min. program is a three-year program. If the degree is not completed at the end of three years (or six semesters), the student must apply to the Academic Dean for an extension. The student must apply for an extension each year beyond the six semester limit, but no more that three annual extensions may be granted. A continuing fee will be charged for each extension semester. Extensions will be considered and granted on a case by case basis. The D. Min. must be completed with a lapsedtime period of six years from the time the first credits are applied to the degree. A leave of absence is counted in the length of the program, with special consideration afforded to medical leaves.


Intensive Cohort, Extended Cohort

Students may take one of two paths through the Doctor of Ministry. Extended cohort students appreciate learning through a “slow simmer” approach and come to campus weekly for seminars in the fall term. Intensive cohort students enjoy learning through immersion and come to campus for week-long intensive seminars in June. Students in both cohorts can take their six elective courses online, in intensive sessions (January and June), or through term-long courses (12 week sessions, weekly meetings).


Doctor of Ministry Handbook

Download a copy of the Doctor of Ministry Handbook.