6.10 Doctor of Ministry
6.10.1 Admission to the...
6.10.2 Registration
6.10.3 Degree Requirements
6.10.4 D.Min. Program
Length and Time Limit

6.10.1 Admission to the Program


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6.10.1.a Credentials

An applicant must ordinarily present the following credentials to the Office of Admissions (see “General Requirements for Admission to Programs” in section 5.1). See application due dates in section 5.1.b (A late application may be approved by special action of the Director of the D.Min. Program if there are extenuating circumstances with a late fee):

  1. An application on a form provided by the Office of Admissions (available online at www.wts.edu) including personal statements and a spouse statement, if applicable,
  2. A non-refundable application fee, which is added for applications received after the deadlines indicated above. See section 8.3.c for fee information. International students should see section 5.1.2 regarding requirements pertaining to checks.
  3. A brief resume of the applicant’s experience in ministry. 
  4. An official transcript as stipulated below:

Transcript requirements for applicants who have earned the M.Div. degree

A full official transcript of all college work, including an attestation of the attainment of a baccalaureate degree. The college transcript should indicate that the college program was devoted largely to studies in the liberal arts. 

A full official transcript of the applicant’s theological program, including an attestation of the attainment of the M.Div. degree and evidence of knowledge of the original languages of Scripture. Applicants lacking evidence of knowledge of Greek and/or Hebrew may be admitted, but in order to graduate, these candidates must satisfy one of the following alternatives for each language in which they are deficient:

1. Receive a waiver for study of the language(s) in which the candidate is deficient. This waiver would be:

  • Based on genuine hardship (such as ministry in a remote area of the world) and significant promise of excellence in D.Min. work (as evidenced by a record of ministry achievement and academic excellence), and
  • Approved by the Director of the D.Min. Program.

2. Sustain an additional qualifying exam in the necessary language(s). This exam will be devised by
the coordinator of each department.

3. Complete at a seminary or university a number of credit hours of language study in the
language(s) in which the candidate is deficient. The institution and the number of hours must be approved by Director of the D.Min. Program.


Transcript requirements for applicants who lack the M.Div. degree

Normally, only those applicants who have an M.Div. degree will be admitted to the D.Min. program. However, students without an M.Div. degree may be considered. Students admitted under this policy will not exceed more than 10% of our total D.Min. enrollment.

A full official transcript of all college work, including an attestation of the attainment of a baccalaureate degree. The college transcript should indicate that the college program was devoted largely to studies in the liberal arts.

A full transcript of their theological program, including an attestation of:

  • the attainment of a Westminster M.A.R. degree or its academic equivalent.

  • the successful completion of sufficient, additional seminary-level study to give them a total of 92 semester hours approved by the Director of the D.Min. Program.

The M.A.R. degree, or its academic equivalent, and the additional semester hours must include at least the following:

  • A total of 92 semester hours of seminary-level work distributed among biblical studies (minimum of 28 hours), historical and theological studies (minimum of 18 hours), and practical studies (minimum of 12 hours).

  • Evidence of knowledge in the original languages of Scripture. Applicants who lack evidence of the knowledge of Greek and/or Hebrew should see 4b for applicants who have earned the M.Div. degree.

Under exceptional circumstances an applicant may be admitted who holds a masters degree and who has demonstrated competencies in ministry, writing, and teaching. Only those who have demonstrated this through published writing and adjunct teaching in a graduate theological institution will be considered.

5.  An academic reference on a form supplied by the Office of Admissions.

6.  A church reference on a form supplied by the Office of Admissions from the applicant’s supervisor or
     from the moderator (presiding officer) or clerk (secretary) of the official board under which the
     applicant is serving or has most recently served. This letter should attest to the applicant’s Christian
     character and commitment to Christian ministry.

7.  Additional reference forms may be required.

8.  In addition to Personal Statements A and B as described on the application form, the applicant will
     provide a statement of his or her understanding of ministry and call to the pastoral ministry or to a
     ministry in counseling or urban mission.

9.  The Seminary may require the applicant to have a personal meeting with a representative of the
      Seminary.

Unless otherwise requested, applications incomplete by the stated date of enrollment in the Seminary will not be retained.

Applicants interested in the counseling concentration should refer to section 6.10 (Counseling Concentration) for prerequisite requirements.

Upon admission into the D.Min. program, each student will receive an acceptance letter containing specific course enrollment instructions, a student identification number, and the name of their assigned advisor. Students will subsequently be granted access to all online library resources.

6.10.1.b Non-Native English Speakers

The policies pertaining to all non-native English speakers are the same for all degree programs. Those students for whom PT 031P Advanced Theological Writing is required must take the course in the week prior to the Orientation module. See section 5.1.1.

6.10.1.c International Students

D.Min. students will not be able to obtain a full time student visa through this program since the Doctor of Ministry does not require full-time residency and is intended to be a part-time program concurrent with a student’s ongoing ministry. See section 5.1.2 for additional information.