Doctor of Ministry

A Doctor of Ministry program is the highest professional degree awarded to those in the ministry profession, and it can broaden your understanding about guiding others. Read on to learn more about how a Doctor of Ministry can help you lead your parishioners through evangelical work, as well as info on program prerequisites, courses and online learning options. Schools offering Christian Ministry degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How Does a Doctor of Ministry Program Work?

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) programs are oftentimes multidisciplinary programs, since you can choose from a variety of specializations. Programs are commonly offered in cohort fashion, allowing you to study along with the same core group of students for the duration of the program. The bulk of the programs have you explore the act of ministry and how it relates to congregations. In addition to graduate courses, doctoral programs include residencies and on-campus projects. Most programs take 3-4 years to complete, depending upon your area of focus.

Program Duration Graduation typically takes 3-4 years
Prerequisites Most institutions require the completion of a Master of Divinity or a related degree, proficiency in a biblical language and 3+ years of ministry experience
Specializations Christian leadership, Bible translation, urban ministry, spiritual formation, church planting
Online Options Online programs are available, but they typically have some in-person requirements
Median Salary (2018) $71,890 (for all postsecondary philosophy and religion teachers)*
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 12% growth (for all postsecondary philosophy and religion teachers)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Prerequisites Do I Need to Fulfill?

Before you can enroll in a D.Min. program, most schools and seminaries require you to have earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) or a related degree from a program accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Knowledge of one of the biblical languages, including Hebrew or Greek, may be a requirement. You may also need at least three years of ministry experience. Certain schools also state that you must currently be in a recognized ministerial position at the time you send in your application.

What Courses Will I Take?

Courses in a Doctor of Ministry program combine theology, biblical studies and church history. Areas of concentration may include urban ministry, church planting, Christian leadership, spiritual formation and Bible translation. Typical courses offered in a D.Min. program may include:

  • World religions and Christianity
  • Spiritual formation
  • Transformational leadership
  • Interfaith relations
  • Peace and justice ministry

Most programs culminate with a thesis project in which you identify or question a theological topic. Afterward, you may be called upon to present your thesis in a practicum-like setting, where you will answer any questions pertaining to your topic that project committee members or fellow classmates may have.

Can I Earn It Online?

Although most D.Min. programs are offered in traditional classroom settings, some schools do offer online options. These programs are geared toward those who are working full-time and don't wish to relocate for the degree program. These hybrid programs typically blend online curricula with residency requirements at the school and practical theology intensives held at off-campus sites.

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  • Liberty University

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    • Doctoral

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  • Yeshivath Zichron Moshe

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    • New York: South Fallsburgh
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    • Colorado: Denver
  • Yeshiva Derech Chaim

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    • New York: Brooklyn
  • Yale University

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    • Connecticut: New Haven
  • World Mission University

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    • California: Los Angeles
  • Winebrenner Theological Seminary

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    • Ohio: Findlay
  • Howard University

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    • Columbia (D.C.): Washington
  • Western Theological Seminary

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    • Michigan: Holland