A doctor of ministry degree, commonly known as a D.Min., is a terminal degree for pastors, missionaries and other Christian leaders. It can be compared to an M.D. degree given to medical professionals. D.Min.s are awarded by seminaries for doctoral-level work in ministry. Although most D.Min. programs include a thesis, the research component is less demanding than that of a Ph.D. dissertation. A D.Min. incorporates academic knowledge with practical skills necessary for ministry. Many graduate schools offering this degree require applicants to have an M.Div. and three years of ministry experience.
Because doctor of ministry degrees are designed to help Christian leaders already in ministry positions, many seminaries structure their programs in a way that allows people to continue their ministry while studying at the school. People can earn a D.Min. online from seminaries, through satellite campuses or by attending modular classes. Click on any of the schools below to see what type of D.Min. degree that seminary offers.
- Church Divinity School of the Pacific
- Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
- Fuller Theological Seminary
(D.Min. in Theology or Intercultural Studies; Korean D.Min. in Theology or Global Ministries; Spanish D.Min.)
- Southern Seminary
- Trinity School for Minsitry