Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry is a practical, professional degree program that enables individuals to reflect critically upon their vocations, engage in rigorous theological reflection and advanced learning experiences, and grow in  ministry competence.  The program is centered around a praxis model of theological reflection that stresses the continual interaction and integration of the biblical, theological, and cultural disciplines of inquiry along with the practical application of those disciplines in ministry.  It is designed for the continuing development of persons who have exhibited exceptional leadership and academic ability and are seeking to engage in a program that is based primarily in context.

The main emphasis of the program is the design and completion of a doctoral-level final project that addresses both the nature and the practice of ministry.  All seminars and assignments focus on this final project.

Download: Program Sheet


Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of a Master of Divinity (or its equivalent) with a B average or higher from a school accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (or an equivalent accrediting body outside of the United States or Canada) OR Completion of an accredited master’s degree in an area related to the student’s ministry setting or vocational calling and fulfillment of the six criteria developed by the Association of Theological Schools.
  • Active engagement in a ministry setting
  • Completion of all application materials

Students not meeting all requirements may be eligible for a provisional acceptance if additional criteria are met.  Please contact the Office of Enrollment Management for details.

To learn more, call 800.440.6227 or email