Doctor of Ministry


Our hybrid Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program provides religious leaders who work in a wide variety of ministry settings with the opportunity to cultivate new knowledge and skills that better prepare them to serve their communities and address today's challenges. 

You’ll engage in an interdisciplinary, interreligious education that emphasizes reflective ministry, that is, ministry grounded in practical theology and an understanding of its social context. You’ll build a community of peers–religious leaders from diverse backgrounds–who challenge you to think creatively and critically as you explore the social and cultural dynamics impacting religious life and organizations in the 21st century.

Program Structure

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is a 36-credit advanced professional degree program designed for experienced professionals working in an area of ministry looking to build their expertise with new skills to better respond to contemporary challenges and nurture leadership in service to their communities. 

The hybrid program combines the flexibility of online learning with formative face-to-face experiences and culminates in a written project that explores an area of ministry related to each student’s vocational setting, or calling, and generates new knowledge for the broader practice of ministry.

After working with their advisor, students choose from these areas of specialization: 

  • Chaplaincy
  • Ecology and Religion: Leadership for Life on Earth
  • Africana and Black Church Leadership
  • Interreligious Leadership 
  • Personalized: Students work with their advisor to select electives in creating a personal emphasis toward their doctoral project

Where Your Journey May Lead

Doctor of Ministry

Serve as a Clergy Leader

Lead Faith & Community Groups

Start a Non-Profit

Teach at a University or School

Courses you may take

The Value of Experience


As a DMin degree student, you’ll complete a ministry project that analyzes the religious and social dimensions of real-world contexts and enables you to propose new approaches to religious leadership tailored to your specific area of ministry, chaplaincy, vocational setting, or calling.

Learn from professors with decades of experience leading organizations across religious traditions and fields. You’ll explore contemporary issues and emerging trends in ministry using the latest resources and insights from scholar-practitioners who encourage thoughtful discussion in a multifaith classroom.

Scott Thumma

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