Doctor of Ministry | 21st Century Ministry
The Doctor of Ministry is a 35-credit hour program that can be completed fully online. In addition, you will participate in the development and implementation of a significant ministry project and subsequent dissertation. Seminar coursework begins up to 2 months prior to seminar class time. The student will be expected to plan, carry out and evaluate a doctoral-level project.
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Admissions and Requirements
Official transcripts for all coursework leading to completion of a bachelor and/or graduate degree(s) from a regionally-accredited institution that demonstrates an acceptable undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
3 Recommendation Letters
These forms will become available to you during the application process. At least one must be from the pastor/minister of the local church where you are currently a member. If you are the pastor, then it may come from another ministry leader within the church.
Most seminars are offered in both online and residential formats. Online seminars will involve several extended online class meetings during the semester, while residency seminars involve a week-long intensive on Anderson University's campus.
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The earning of a professional doctorate signifies the highest level of formal academic achievement in one’s field. Following the third residency seminar, the student will plan, implement and evaluate a significant ministry project designed to enhance their understanding and practice of ministry. A director-approved field supervisor to offer guidance and assistance in the ministry project.
Following the completion of the project, the student will prepare and write a dissertation. Upon approval of the project-dissertation committee, it may be possible for the student to do the dissertation in an alternate format (such as a book demonstrating the results of the project, a course design, a website, etc.)
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) vs. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is a professional doctoral degree focused primarily on the practice of ministry. A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is primarily a research degree with greater focus on making a contribution to the theory of ministry and less focus on practical issues in ministry. The D.Min is less rigorous. However, if you have any interest in teaching in the future, typically a D.Min. is insufficient to teach full-time. In that case, the Ph.D. may be a better fit and will provide greater opportunity for future endeavors.