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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

The Doctor of Ministry is an advanced professional degree designed for clergy and lay leaders who have a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent, which means a Bachelor of Divinity or an 72-credit (three years if full-time) master’s degree in theological studies.

While the degree builds on a foundation in general theological studies, its overarching objective is to foster creative practical and scholarly education to address the degree program’s threefold purpose:

  • To provide a program of studies where experienced religious leaders can engage complex issues related to their vocations, while drawing upon theological and theoretical resources,
  • To deepen creative reflection, spiritual formation, and scholarship in an area of specialization of ministry, and
  • To inspire reflective practitioners who embody and encourage creative leadership in communities of faith and other ministry settings.

Duration of Program:
Full-time Doctor of Ministry students (many of whom are concurrently engaged in part-time ministry) usually complete degree requirements in three years, each phase representing one academic year. Although the school offers students some flexibility in their rates of progress in the DMin, it expects that even part-time students will complete the degree within six years.

Applicants must have at least three years' experience in ministry after their first graduate theological degree. They must also demonstrate evidence of the capacity for an advanced level of competence and reflection, an ability to maintain a 3.0 (B) cumulative grade point average, and writing skills sufficient to produce a DMin project of high quality.

Intensive Cohort, Extended Cohort:
Students may take one of two paths through the Doctor of Ministry. Extended cohort students appreciate learning through a “slow simmer” approach and come to campus weekly for seminars in the fall term. Intensive cohort students enjoy learning through immersion and come to campus for week-long intensive seminars in June.

Please refer to the Andover Newton Catalogue for a comprehensive description of the DMin program and its requirements.

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