Doctor of Ministry
Join our 2024 Doctor of Ministry Cohort!
Intense Discipleship Training for Your Career
The Doctor of Ministry degree is a fully accredited, cohort program designed to provide ministerial training and an advanced understanding of Biblical, theological, and historical truths of God’s Word and to spiritually enhance your relationship with God through intense discipleship training.
The Doctor of Ministry program is available fully online, with classes offered in both the online and on-campus module formats. The design of the course schedule is ideal for pastors and missionaries.
A cohort program is a group of classmates that progresses together through a course of study. Research has shown that the cohort model helps build stronger relationships between classmates, stimulates creativity, and enhances critical thinking more effectively than traditional, individual learning. The cohort model for the Doctor of Ministry degree offers two paths of study for you to choose from: The Shepherding and Discipleship track or the Expository Preaching track.
You Might Like This Program If…
- You want to take some or all of your credits online
- You want to enhance your discipleship skills
- You want to grow in spiritual maturity and professional ethics
- Hermeneutics and Homiletics
- Contemporary Theological Issues
- Track Specific Courses (Shepherding and Discipleship or Expository Preaching)
- Extended Ministry Project
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
Average Completion Time:
Available D.Min. Tracks
Shepherding and Discipleship
Meet the Faculty
Dr. Daniel Brown
Director of the D.Min. Program; Director of M.A. in Practical Theology
Dr. Douglas Brown
Seminary Dean; Director of Master of Divinity Program
Dr. Paul Hartog
Director of Master of Arts in Religion; Director of M.A. in Theological Studies; Bible, Theology, Humanities
Dr. Keith Kobelia
Chair, Biblical Studies Program
Dr. Dean Taylor
Chair, Division of Christian Ministries; Chair, Pastoral Studies Department
As a terminal ministry degree, there are several stringent requirements in place to join the program.
The Doctor of Ministry program is intended for persons who have completed a Master of Divinity (or its educational equivalent). Applicants with a Master of Arts and a minimum of 60 master level credits may apply for consideration for entrance into the program. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for their master’s academic training.
Academically, we expect D.Min. applicants to have M.Div.-level competencies in five basic areas: biblical languages (Greek and/or Hebrew), biblical studies, systematic theology, historical theology, and practical theology. If a D.Min. applicant falls short of these academic competencies, the Doctor of Ministry Admissions Committee may admit the application conditional upon completion of further masters-level course work.
The Doctor of Ministry program is intended for those who have engaged in substantial ministerial leadership. Applicants must have a minimum of three years’ experience and must currently be serving in a ministry context.
Church Approval and Recommendation
Doctor of Ministry applicants must provide adequate approval and consent from their current ministry.