DMIN

Doctor of Ministry

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Deadline March 15th

The Doctor of Ministry is the highest professional degree available for gospel ministry. It aims to sharpen leaders in ministry with the convictions, character, and competencies to be able to transmit the faith for generations to come.

The Doctor of Ministry program is a cohort-based, modular program of study designed to enhance your ministry in the areas of Preaching, Leadership, Pastoral Care & Counseling, Evangelism & Missions, and Christian public witness—all rooted in Westminster's theological distinctives.
Westminster's integrated training will enhance your ability to:

Deepen theological reflection to strengthen the relationship between doctrine and the practice of ministry

Defend the Christian faith in a manner consistent with the Scriptures.

Teach and apply the whole counsel of God in real-world situations in life and ministry.

Demonstrate biblical principles of leadership in order to serve the church humbly and effectively.

at a glance

Modular Courses

8

Years To Complete

4–5

Delivery Platforms

on-campus only
online only
Both On-campus & Online

Original Languages

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“The DMin program at Westminster continues to be a blessing in my life and ministry. I wanted to work out some of my convictions and concerns in a solid context theologically and practically. I found it at Westminster. I was pushed to make sure I was well grounded and had something of substance to bring to the church. It was hard but well worth the investment.”

Jerry McFarland,
Dean of Online Students, Westminster Theological Seminary
integrated training
The Doctor of Ministry program combines deep theological study with practical ministry application under the guidance of expert faculty.
Our curriculum is crafted to build on Westminster's core theological distinctives for excellence in the practice of ministry.

Each week-long modular course derives its content and methodology from Scripture, developing men of God who are thoroughly equipped to preach, lead, counsel, evangelize, and bear witness to Christ in the public square.

Core Courses
3 courses

Three Core Modules—focusing on biblical theology, the Westminster Confession, and covenantal apologetics—emphasize the application of Westminster’s theological distinctives to the practice of ministry.

Foundation Courses
5 courses

Foundations modules are dedicated to strengthening and sharpening students with the foundational theological principles and best practices for effective ministry in five disciplines: preaching, leadership, pastoral care and counseling, evangelism and missions, and Christian public witness.

The DMin Program culminates in the completion of an Applied Research Project—the DMin equivalent of a dissertation—through which the student is able to focus his studies on a particular area of pastoral theology. In completing the Applied Research Project, students develop and evaluate a ministry model aimed at addressing a specific problem, question, or topic. Building on the DMin coursework, the project must be set upon a biblical-theological foundation, taking into account both historical precedents and contemporary influences. Upon completion, the Applied Research Project should enhance the student's ministry and contribute to the life of the church at large.
Westminster’s expert faculty is made up of dynamic biblical scholars who are personally invested in mentoring and training the next generation of specialists in the Bible.
Alfred Poirier
Pastoral Theology
Rob Edwards
Pastoral Theology
John Currie
Pastoral Theology
Harry Reeder
Pastoral Theology
Scott Oliphint
Apologetics
Chad Van Dixhoorn
Church History
David Garner
Systematic Theology

The Doctor of Ministry will prepare you to serve in a wide range of contexts.

DMIN ALUMNI SERVE in:

Church pastorate

Christian education

Christian pastoral care and counseling

Vocational ministry

Cross-cultural missions

Christian education

AVAILABLE ONLINE & ON-CAMPUS

To better equip the global church, Westminster offers the Master of Divinity online, on-campus, or through a hybrid experience you design.

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THE ONLINE EXPERIENCE:

A better way to learn online, for when you need to stay.

Flexible programs that fit your life.

Engaging and innovative classroom environment.

Easy-to-use technology connects you to a global community.

Immediate application in life and ministry.

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THE ON-CAMPUS EXPERIENCE:

Deep community and discipleship through shared daily life.

Programs intentionally crafted for ministry preparation and deep academic study.

Unparalleled access to expert faculty who are invested in your life and ministry.

Life-on-life fellowship in a diverse and like-minded community.

Communal rhythms of prayer and worship woven into all areas of campus life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I afford a Westminster DMin?

Yes! Westminster has developed a unique program for personally assisting qualified DMin candidates with financial aid. We will work with you to help you afford a Westminster DMin.

What qualifications are needed to apply?

Westminster’s DMin is a rigorous professional degree program designed to deepen the theology and sharpen the skills of those engaged in full-time ministry. Applicants must normally have a minimum of three years of full-time pastoral ministry or Christian service experience and an MDiv that included Greek and Hebrew training. Recommendations from ministry mentors are also a significant factor and are carefully considered.

How long is the DMin program?

The DMin program consists of eight modular courses plus an applied research project. The program is designed to be completed in as little as three years, though most students take four to five years. The maximum program length is six years.

What concentrations are available for the DMin program?

The Westminster DMin program is designed to sharpen men for the full breadth of Gospel ministry, addressing five key disciplines: preaching, leadership, pastoral care and counseling, evangelism and missions, and Christian public witness. In the Applied Research Project, the student is able to concentrate his studies more narrowly to address a specific problem, question, or topic that is of interest to him and appropriate to his ministerial context.

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