The Doctor of Ministry degree is earned on the basis of the successful completion of prescribed advanced coursework and a significant project of applied research in the field of Christian ministry to be reflected in a dissertation.

Students must be able to:

  • identify a significant, complex need in a ministry training context
  • systematically address the need with an original project of applied research that reflects the highest level of professional practice
  • provide evidence of initiative and independent thought
  • contribute significantly to professional practice of Christian ministry
  • show proficiency in methods and techniques of applied research
  • present formal written work using scholarly style and presentation appropriate to a publishable manuscript.

The dissertation has the following characteristics:

  1. It is based on a specialized topic and an original research problem or question.
  2. The dissertation has wider application in ministry practice, beyond the student’s own context.
    • It should be useful in the practice of ministry.
    • It contains appropriate theoretical content and reflection.
    • It contains a review of similar cases and practices beyond the student’s own context.
    • It is presented according to academic standards for publishable work.
    • It is either published as a model for other ministries to implement or contains a handbook for wider implementation.

Compared to the Master of Divinity, it contributes more widely to Christian ministry than the students’ own local context and contains more substantial analysis.

The Doctor of Ministry must be done over a period of not less than two years from initial enrollment and not more than six years, except in cases of Recognition of Prior Learning.