The Doctor of Ministry for Theological/Ministry Master's Entrants is a 48-credit hour doctoral degree designed for applicants with a theological or ministry master’s degree.

Learning Objectives of the D.Min. degree include:

  • Advanced Theological Integration: The D.Min. program gives graduates the ability to engage cultural context with advanced theological acumen and critical thinking.
  • In-Depth Contextual Competency: The D.Min. program gives graduates the ability to identify and frame crucial ministry issues.
  • Strategic Planning and Implementation: The D.Min. program equips graduates to enhance their impacts as ministerial leaders.
  • Personal and Spiritual Maturity: The D.Min. program enables graduates to reinvigorate and deepen vocational call and extend tenure in ministry. D.Min. programs are integrative in that they are focused on spiritual, personal, moral, and ministerial formation.

As part of this D. Min. program, all students are required to complete a doctoral project, which serves as the capstone of the D.Min. program. It is an opportunity for students to connect knowledge gained from their coursework with the concrete realities of their ministries:

  1. Identifying a challenge they face in ministry and situating that challenge in their context
  2. Reflecting theologically on that challenge
  3. Designing a new ministry initiative to address that challenge which must then be implemented and assessed

Partnerships:
As a part of our mission to commit to the development of missional organizations, we have developed partnerships with various ministries and organizations in order to focus the class discussions on their particular context and apply theory to the issues relevant to the partner ministry organizations.

Flexible Learning Format:
Most students will continue to serve in their current ministry roles while completing the program part time. While most of the courses will be delivered as one-week intensives, some courses may be offered in an online format at the discretion of the Program Director. This is to provide students the opportunity to come to campus just two weeks in a year and be able to immediately apply their learning in their current context while earning this doctoral degree.

Admission is intended for those serving in ministry leadership roles and have a theological or ministry master’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA. They should have served a total of five years in a full-time ministry role or three years after earning their master’s degree. Students are expected to possess proficiency in written and spoken English.

Admissions Requirements:
Students must possess a theological or ministry master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0. 

  • Students with a theological or ministry master’s degree will be admitted into the full 48-hour D.Min. program.  A theological or ministry master’s degree is defined as one in biblical studies, theology, or a ministry-related field of study.  The transcripts of the graduates of master’s degrees will be evaluated by the D.Min. Program Director to determine whether prior courses in biblical and theological studies meet the prerequisite requirements of the D.Min. degree at Wheaton College Graduate School. 
  • Minimum of three years of experience in a ministry leadership role after earning the master’s degree or a total of five years in a ministry leadership.
  • Currently involved in an active ministry leadership role.

Application Requirements

  1. Application
  2. Three references – Pastoral, Academic, and Ministry Peer or Ministry Supervisor
  3. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  4. Four essays which will evaluate students based on the ATS entry-level competencies for D.Min. students
    1. Religious Autobiography (Competency Evaluated: Personal and Spiritual Formation)
    2. Statement of Experience (Competency Evaluated: Ministerial and Leadership Identity)
    3. Statement of Vocational Calling (Competency Evaluated: Ministerial and Leadership Identity)
    4. 8-10 page writing sample of showing biblical interpretation, theological integration, and contextual analysis (Competencies Evaluated: Theological Integration and Contextual Analysis)

The Doctor of Ministry for Theological/Ministry Master's entrants is a 48-credit hour program. Students applying should have completed a theological or ministry master’s degree.

Biblical and Theological Studies Curricular Initiative12
Seminar in Ecclesial Theology
Global Church History
Old Testament Book Study
New Testament Book Study
D.Min. Core Courses12
Theological Hermeneutics in Ministry
Spiritual Direction and Care for the Soul
Perspectives in Missional Theology
Pastoral Leadership Concentration Courses16
Healthy and Spiritual Leadership
Contemporary Issues in the Church
Gender, Sexuality, and Spirituality
Advanced Preaching and Teaching
Research Methods and D.Min. Doctoral Project8
Research Methods
Doctoral Project
Total Credits48