The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced, professional degree program designed for those engaged in the full-time practice of ministry. It is the highest professional degree offered by Westminster. It differs from a Ph.D. degree in that its focus is on competence in the practice of ministry rather than on advanced academic research. In this sense, it is better compared to other professional doctorates, such as those awarded in medicine (M.D.) or law (J.D.). This is not intended to compromise the quality or depth of the work required, but rather to communicate the emphasis of the degree program.
Therefore, the purpose of the D.Min. program is to develop reflective practitioners in ministry who will grow not only in ministry comprehension and competence, but also in character. Because it is a doctoral degree program, the student is expected to pursue a high standard of expertise in ministry reflection and practice.
While the D.Min. is built upon the biblical, theological, and professional foundations of the M.Div. degree, the student benefits from the integration of the rich practical experiences gained from years of subsequent ministry.
The D.Min. is one degree with three concentrations based upon the interests and ministry goals of each student. The student chooses one of the following concentrations: Pastoral Ministry, Counseling, or Urban Mission.
Applicants for the D.Min. program who lack the M.Div. degree may meet the admission requirement if they meet the criteria stated under Credentials.
In the D.Min. program, a prerequisite for admission is at least three years in full-time pastoral ministry or Christian service, after receiving an M.Div. or its equivalent. Specific application of theory and methodology must be demonstrated in an extended period of ministry subsequent to entry into the program.
6.10.a Student Learning Goals
Upon graduation, the student will:
- Exhibit a deep love for the Triune God, his word, his truth and his church; and a Christ-like humility in relation with others.
- Demonstrate the ability to be a reflective practitioner in ministry through interrelating theory and practice.
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the integration of ministry with the various theological disciplines.
- Have made a contribution to the understanding and practice of ministry through the completion of a doctoral-level project.