The Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program aims to equip the student for the practice of ministry at a high level of professional competence. The program provides opportunities for advanced study in intensive seminars, courses, and field settings. It combines academic study and experiential learning under faculty and field supervision to integrate theology and practice.
Student Learning Outcomes
The DMin program promotes the following student learning outcomes:
- Students will identify a critical need in ministry.
- Students will formulate the biblical and theological foundations for a ministry action.
- Students will design a ministry project to address a ministry need, demonstrating skills to research and resolve an issue in ministry.
The DMin program promotes the following program objectives:
- To provide graduate professional training to Masters’s level graduates who have shown outstanding ability and potential for ministry.
- To offer effective qualified supervision to students.
- To broaden the student’s understanding of the nature and purposes of ministry.
- To improve the student’s personal, spiritual, and professional development.
- To provide the student with an interactive peer-cohort learning community where experienced ministry practitioners engage each other and world-class scholars to address critical ministry issues.
- To strengthen the student’s competence in applying biblical and theological reflection to ministry context.
- To expand the student’s knowledge of the basic principles of Christian leadership with special application to Christian ministry both in the church and the community.
- To enable the student to establish a growth initiative within his/her respective ministry that is biblically sound, measurable, and effective.
- To engage the student in research and practice, producing practical contributions to the Church and to the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
- To equip the student to complete a successful Ministry Project by addressing a ministry issue through research and analysis that impacts church and Kingdom life.
- To enable the student to move beyond routinely accepted techniques of ministry toward new dimensions, methods, and outreach.
The Doctor of Ministry degree is an advanced professional doctorate that builds upon an accredited master’s degree in a ministry-related area and upon significant ministry experience. Students without an accredited Master of Divinity degree may be admitted, provided the school has publicly stated admissions criteria that address the following six areas and provided the school documents how each applicant meets each of these criteria:
- The ability to thoughtfully interpret scripture and the theological tradition of one’s ministry context
- The capacity to understand and adapt one’s ministry to the cultural context
- A basic self-understanding of one’s ministerial identity and vocational calling,
- A readiness to engage in ongoing personal and spiritual formation for one’s ministry
- An accredited master’s degree (or its educational equivalent) in an area related to one’s ministry setting or vocational calling
- Significant ministerial experience that enables the applicant to engage as a ministry peer with other students in this advanced professional doctorate
Additional information may be obtained from the Doctor of Ministry Office, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 1889, Wake Forest, NC 27588-1889. The Doctor of Ministry Office may be reached at 919-761-2216 or email@example.com.
The Doctor of Ministry program seeks to meet accreditation standards for Master of Divinity equivalency by evaluating students through a wide range of academic and ministerial aspects. The DMin Committee will review completed applications by assessing the applicant’s degree, graduate institution accreditation, graduate GPA, total ministry experience, responses to ten key questions, vita, personal statement, sample research paper, and quality of references. Applicants are required to have a master’s degree from an accredited theological institution in a ministry-related field to be considered for admission. Accredited refers to ATS, SACSCOC, or any nationally recognized accrediting agency. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis and applicants may be asked to complete the Qualification Packet for MDiv-Equivalency.
In order to meet the six criteria established by ATS for MDiv equivalency, students without an MDiv or a master’s degree that a recognized accrediting agency does not accredit must complete the Qualification Packet, in which students will demonstrate mastery to ten questions based on criteria a, b, c, and d, as well as provide a vita and a personal statement consisting of personal testimony, call to ministry, and reason for the desire to attend Southeastern. The DMin Committee evaluates each applicant’s qualification packet to verify that each of the six criteria has been met. The DMin Committee uses an Application Checklist, which has been established as a rubric for evaluating applicants on the same criteria and grading scale. Applicants must receive the minimum score on the Application Checklist, as well as have three or more Committee members recommend acceptance to the DMin program to be unconditionally admitted.
In order to continue in the program and to be awarded the degree, the student must maintain an academic average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Additional hours beyond those taken to meet the requirements outlined below may not be taken to bring up the academic average to the required level. Students are required to maintain continuous enrollment. Any exception to this rule must be approved by the Director and the Dean of Doctoral Studies.
Transfer of credit from other accredited DMin programs or post-MDiv programs will be considered by the Director on a case-by-case basis. Minimally, all transfer students must satisfactorily complete at least 11 credit hours of DMin work at Southeastern Seminary (which includes the Ministry Project and Project Report (6 credit hours), the Project Design Workshop (3 credit hours), and Contextualized Learning Experience (2 credit hours)).
Fees for the program are based upon a per-hour tuition rate along with an initial non-refundable deposit and admission fee. The Doctor of Ministry Office can provide more information.
The DMin program is designed to be completed in three years. Enrollment beyond three years requires the consent of the director and the faculty chair. Continuous enrollment and extensions may be granted with additional fees.