The Doctor of Ministry degree (DMin) is an advanced professional degree designed to equip qualified ministers already trained and involved in ministry to render spiritual, ecclesiastical, and vocational Christian leadership at the highest level of expertise. Enrollment in the program presupposes at least three years in the practice of ministry and the continued practice of ministry during the course of study. (Please see Admissions—Doctor of Ministry degree program.) This degree is designed for the person who already holds the Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent.
The objectives of the program are to provide opportunities for ministers:
- to increase analytical and professional competence in ministry;
- to increase knowledge and skills in vocational ministry, preaching, Christian education and other chosen specialization disciplines;
- to understand the congregations and ministries in which they serve;
- to experience personal growth and spiritual renewal through study, interactions with professors and peers, and time apart from one’s ministry setting.
The Doctor of Ministry degree program consists of thirty credit hours, including core courses, electives in a selected area of vocational emphasis, and an approved ministry research project and written project report. A maximum of six hours of elective credit may be considered for transfer from other approved educational programs. The current areas of concentration are Pastoral Ministry, Preaching, Worship, Christian Education, Congregational Leadership, and Specialized Ministries. For more detailed information refer to page 10 in the Doctor of Ministry Handbook.