Admission to the Doctor of Ministry Degree Program


The Campbell University Divinity School is pleased that you are interested in pursuing the Doctor of Ministry degree at this institution. We are a Baptist school that welcomes men and women who represent all compatible Christian traditions.


The Doctor of Ministry degree program accepts applications only for fall semester admission.  The application deadline is July 1st.


Please note: Seats for the Doctor of Ministry program are limited and can fill up quickly. It is recommended that interested applicants apply early in the cycle.


Applications may be submitted anytime, up to one year prior to starting the degree program. Review of applications begins February 1 and continues until class is full. Applications received after class is full can be placed on a waiting list in case a vacancy occurs. Notification of results will be mailed to early applicants by April 15. If you need assistance in completing forms, call the Office of Admissions, Campbell University Divinity School, 1-800-760-9827, extension 1830.




The Doctor of Ministry is designed to prepare qualified candidates already trained and involved in ministry to render spiritual, ecclesiastical, and vocational Christian leadership at the highest level of competence consistent with the mission statement of the Divinity School.


Program of Study


The Doctor of Ministry 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. For more detailed information, see page 10 of the Doctor of Ministry Handbook.


Vocational Emphasis

  • Christian Education
  • Congregational Leadership
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Preaching
  • Specialized Ministries
  • Worship

Admission Requirements


Admission to the Doctor of Ministry program is based on a candidate’s profile of academic work, experience in ministry, and potential for excellence in future ministry. The following profile has been developed to make this assessment. Applicants must:

  • have an earned MDiv or its educational equivalent from a ATS (Association of Theological Schools) accredited seminary/divinity school. Applicants with seminary master’s degrees other than the MDiv may seek admission to complete leveling work that may be needed.
  • have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in MDiv studies. (Applicants with grade point averages of 2.75 or above will receive consideration.)
  • have completed a minimum of three years significant ministerial experience after the completion of the MDiv or its educational equivalent.
  • have evidence of current involvement in ministry.
  • have the desire and capacity to pursue an advanced level of competence and theological reflection related to ministry.
  • submit a formal application with the $35 application processing fee. 
  • if applicable, take and submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of at least 92 on the internet-based test (237 on the computer-based test), or documentation showing the ability to communicate in written and spoken English at the graduate level, is required. Graduation from an accredited theological school in the United States would be acceptable documentation.
  • submit an essay of 8-10 double-spaced, typed pages.
  • request that all post-secondary educational institutions in which the applicant has studied send a transcript directly to the Campbell University Divinity School.
  • request recommendations from three persons acquainted with applicant's ministry skills: minister, seminary professor, and layperson. The applicant must be acquainted with at least one recommender for three or more years. Recommenders must be familiar with the applicant in his/her ministry/academic setting. The recommendation completed by the minister must be a minister with whom the applicant is well acquainted. The recommendation completed by a professor must be from the applicant’s seminary studies. The recommendation completed by the layperson must be a layperson who is familiar with the applicant’s ministry and is a member of the applicant’s current congregation or is a member of the applicant’s most immediate past congregation. Family members may not serve as recommenders. In addition, recommenders selected must not be related to another recommender. Recommendation forms must be mailed directly from the appropriate persons to the Campbell University Divinity School.
  • complete and submit the Immunization History Form.
  • have a personal interview on the Campbell University Divinity School campus with the Doctor of Ministry Admission Committee.


Final approval for admission to the Doctor of Ministry program is given by the Dean upon the recommendation of the Doctor of Ministry Admission Committee. Campbell University Divinity School reserves the right to limit admissions for any reason to insure the quality of the program and to maintain the purpose for which the school was established. Additional documentation, including standardized test results and educational references, may be requested from applicants to determine their readiness for the Doctor of Ministry program.


Materials submitted in support of an application are not released for other purposes and cannot be returned to the applicant.


Materials should be addressed to: Office of Admissions, Campbell University Divinity School, Post Office Drawer 4050, Buies Creek, NC 27506.


To request that information be mailed to you regarding the Campbell University Divinity School’s Doctor of Ministry degree program, please complete the information request form found here.


Tuition & Fees

  • $35 application fee (non-refundable).
  • $4,600 for the 2017-2018 academic year
  • $100 student fee per semester (includes one auto parking decal)
  • $850 Supervisor’s fee. This fee is remitted during the Project in Ministry phase of the program (final year of study).
  • $125 matriculation fee per semester is required during the fourth year of study. Beyond four years, there is a continuation fee of $450 for each Fall Term or Spring Term or portion thereof that the student continues in the program.
  • Clinical Pastoral Education costs are additional and must be paid to the institution where the program is taken.

The costs for books, transportation, lodging, and personal expenses are not included in the Doctor of Ministry program fees listed above but should be considered when planning your educational budget.


Payment Plans


Payment of tuition and fees may be made by any one of the following methods:

  • Payment in full at matriculation for each semester in registration.
  • One-half payment at matriculation (Fall or Spring) and one-half payment on November 1 (Fall) and April 1 (Spring) for the semester in registration.
  • Monthly payment plans may be scheduled for each semester or the entire year through Tuition Management Systems.

Payment methods include cash, check, credit card (payments made online), or checks from supporting individuals or institutions.


Tuition for Transfer Students


For students who transfer into the program, up to six semester hours may be accepted for transfer credit regardless of the amount of work taken in another institution. The Dean and Director of Admissions will calculate and explain these amounts upon entry to the program.


Statement on Financial Assistance


Campbell University Divinity School is pleased to offer limited scholarship assistance for Doctor of Ministry study. Because one’s church or parachurch ministry will benefit significantly from your studies, students may desire to seek assistance from these organizations or churches as well. If such places are unable to assist with the total costs of a program, many are willing to help to the extent they can. If no church or supporting organization can assist you with financial support, low-cost student loans can be an important source of support. Consult with the Director of Admissions if you are interested in such programs.