Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry degree is an advanced professional degree program designed for the continuing development of those involved in vocational ministry. This program is designed to enhance professional competence by expanding upon an initial foundation of theological studies and ministry experience, to enable those in vocational ministry to enhance current strengths, address areas of weakness, and increase overall effectiveness. Courses are taught in a week long modular format with requirements for both pre-course and post-course work.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for the Doctor of Ministry program, the applicant must fulfill the following prerequisites in addition to the general guidelines for application as described in the regular catalog of the seminary.

1. An applicant must have obtained a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent* from an approved institution as determined by the D.Min. Committee. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) in the applicant’s previous academic work is required. A limited number of students may be admitted under academic restriction by action of the D.Min. Committee, but they must maintain the grade point average required for candidacy (3.0) to continue in the program.

*M.Div. equivalency includes:
1. A completed bachelor’s degree.
2. A completed master’s degree.
3. 72 hours of graduate theological training.  Of the 72 hours of graduate theological training, 30 hours must have been earned in the following content areas:

Content Areas

Semester Hours

Christian Theology

9 hrs.

Biblical Interpretation

3 hrs.

Old Testament

6 hrs.

New Testament

6 hrs.

Practical Ministry
Choose any two below:
1. Counseling
2. Intercultural Ministry
3. Leadership
4. Preaching

6 hrs.

 

Pastoral Studies Concentration Only

Additional Requirement

Biblical Hebrew or Greek

3 hrs.

 

Evaluation of equivalency for the M.Div. degree is carried out by the D.Min. Committee. A request for evaluation, including transcripts, should be sent to the Seminary Enrollment Office.

2. Applicants must currently be serving in a vocational ministry, with at least three years in full- time professional ministry since completing the M.Div. or its equivalent.  Exceptions to this policy will be considered by the D.Min. Committee in the case of applicants who have acquired at least ten years of full-time professional ministry experience prior to and during their M.Div. or its equivalent.

3. Applicants must provide an endorsement from their local church and, if applicable, the Christian organization under which they serve. This endorsement should indicate: the quality and characteristics of their ministry, and the encouragement and support of the ministry organization under which they serve to allow time to complete the Doctor of Ministry program, as well as opportunity to implement goals and strategies developed during the time of study.

4. Prospective students will also provide a word processed statement that provides details of
(a) their conversion
(b) call to ministry
(c) philosophy of ministry
(d) assessment of personal strengths and weaknesses
(e) objectives in pursuing a D.Min. degree
(f) a resume of all previous positions in Christian ministry

5. Spouses of prospective D.Min. students are asked to complete a statement indicating their support of the applicant’s enrollment in doctoral level studies.

6. Three references are to be provided from those qualified to give a current assessment of the applicant's ministry effectiveness (e.g., immediate supervisor, colleagues, church leaders, etc.).

7. In addition, the D.Min. Committee may, at its discretion, require:
(a) a personal interview with the committee or its authorized representative
(b) standardized testing to assist in determining the applicant's potential for work at the doctoral level

Note: Grace Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admissions, academic, and employment policies.

Questions?

Email Seminary Admissions or call 877-607-0012.