6.10 Doctor of Ministry
6.10.1 Admission to the
6.10.2 Registration
6.10.3 Degree...
6.10.4 Concentrations

6.10.3 Degree Requirements

6.10.3.a Course Work

The D.Min. modules are designed to accommodate the schedules of those who are active practitioners in ministry and Christian service. Therefore, the modules will require no more than eight weeks of residence.

Each module contains the following elements: theoretical issues, skills, and practicum. Students will be required to complete an assignment before attending the module, as well as a post-modular assignment. Post-modular work must be returned to the Doctor of Ministry Office according to the following schedule:

  • November 15 following August modules (except for PR 1 core module)
  • December 15 following PR 1 core module
  • April 15 following January modules

No credit will be given until all assignments are completed successfully. All work will be graded by the course instructor. Students may not enroll in new modules until work in the previous course has been completed. A minimum grade-point average of 3.00 must be maintained for the student to graduate.

The student must successfully complete eight modules including the following:

I. Core Modules - Four Required Modules:

  1. PR 1:  Introduction and Orientation to Graduate Work
  2. PR 2:  Pastoral Theology
  3. PR 3:  Counseling and Christian Ministry
  4. PR 4:  Theology of Missions and Evangelism

PR 1 is offered every year in the second week of August. PR 2, PR 3 and PR 4 are offered in the third week of August, on a rotating basis.

II. Concentration Modules – Two Modules (The student must choose at least two modules from one of the following areas of concentration):

Pastoral Ministry Concentration Counseling Concentration Urban Mission Concentration
1. PM 2 Communication 1. PC 3 Family Counseling 1. PU 1 Mission Strategies/Globalization
2. PM 4 Leadership 2. PC 4 Counseling Problems 2. PU 2 Contextual Theology
3. PM 54 Biblical Conflict Resolution 3. PC 5 Counseling Observation 3. PU 4 Mission Anthropology


III. Elective Modules – Two Modules (These options are designed to allow the student flexibility in supporting their choice of concentration.) The following options are available:

  1. Choose any module not already taken.
  2. Take a module at another institution and receive transfer credit.
  3. Take a module through independent study.
  4. Choose an elective offering through the D.Min. Program.
  5. Choose a Ph.D. course adjusted to the D.Min. requirements.
  6. Students with a Counseling Concentration may take PC 5 Counseling Observation and Evaluation twice.

Concentration and Elective Modules are offered in the fourth week of August and in January.

IV. D.Min. General – The D.Min. General option is designed to meet the needs of students who are not ordained ministers, but desire the education offered in the D.Min. program.  This option allows students to replace two required courses with two electives in their area of interest.  In order to be approved for this option, the applicant must submit to the D.Min. Director an Academic Plan Proposal, listing the eight modules that the student plans to take.  All students will be required to take the Orientation Module and the required module in his or her area of interest. Therefore, the Academic Plan Proposal must include PR 1 and one other required module. The remaining six modules can be comprised of two modules within each area of concentration.  However, an applicant may take all six elective modules in one concentration. The Academic Plan Proposal must be approved by the D.Min. director and the Practical Theology field committee. 

An example of an academic plan for a D.Min. General student interested in the area of counseling:

PR 1: Introduction and Orientation to Graduate Work
PR 3: Counseling and Christian Ministry
6 counseling modules