May 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin 
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Ministry DMin

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The Doctor of Ministry program is a professional doctoral degree for those who seek advanced competencies in specific areas of ministry (see Concentration Options below). The standard time limit to complete the degree requirements is six years.


The program is delivered in a cohort-based format. Students join specific concentrations and journey together through the program. In order to make the program accessible to ministry professionals, the professor contact portions of the course modules are offered as intensives at various North American and international sites. For information on where courses are offered, see the Program Planner on the program website. Cohorts with less than 12 course credits delivered in residency are offered as an approved exception to the Association of Theological Schools’ larger residency expectation stated in Standard E, section E.3.1.1. Course modules are taught by select seminary faculty and guest presenters who are effective practitioners and experienced professionals in the field. Teaching methodology combines appropriate methods and technology with collegial dialogue to encourage a creative learning environment. NOTE: The Global Mission Leadership concentration can be completed online.

Concentration Options

Chaplaincy (with ACPE Certified Educator option), Discipleship (English/Spanish), Discipleship and Mission for Worldview Transformation (currently inactive), Equipping Women for Effective Leadership, Family Ministry (English/Spanish), Global Mission Leadership (can be completed via interactive online synchronous delivery - see School of Distance Education  definitions), Growing and Multiplying Churches, Intergenerational Church, Leadership (English/Spanish), Mass Media for Ministry, Multiethnic/Multicultural Mission and Ministry, Preaching, Strategic Coaching for Life and Leadership, and Urban Ministry (English/Spanish).


The Doctor of Ministry program develops spiritually transformed ministers with advanced professional competencies for worldwide church leadership.


Changing the people who change the world.

Total Credits - 32

Core - 15

Additional Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed in Academic Policies Applying to all Programs, students must fulfill the following requirements for the DMin degree:

DMin Professional Dissertation and Defense Requirements. Students are required to complete a professional dissertation and pass a professional dissertation defense. An exception is that those who take Chaplaincy for ACPE will complete a portfolio in place of a dissertation. Registration is required for the following courses according to cohort curriculum schedule:GSEM 788, 790, and 793. For a detailed outline of the DMin professional dissertation and defense process, see Guidelines for Professional Dissertation and Professional Portfolio on program website. The Doctor of Ministry program’s Advancement to Candidacy document lists the steps required of participants to continue on the track toward professional dissertation completion and graduation.

Time Limits. DMin students must complete all courses and modules and pass a professional dissertation defense within six years from the time they begin course work. In special circumstances and upon written request, an extension may be granted for one year. There is a minimum threshold of dissertation work that must be completed before a request for an extension will be considered. A higher tuition amount will be charged per semester in an extension year: see the current rates.

Transferred and Earned Credit Term Limits. All course credits applied towards degree requirements should be earned within 10 years of the awarding of the degree.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Ministry program, applicants must meet the following requirements.  

  • Hold the Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent.
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.25.
  • Demonstrate high professional and personal potential for the gospel ministry.
  • Have an equivalent of at least three years of experience in ministry subsequent to the first graduate theological or ministry degree.
  • Supply satisfactory recommendations.
  • Submit  an academic paper of at least 10 pages either from a master’s class, a publication, or newly created.
  • Applicants from other faiths may be accepted into the program, provided they meet admission requirements and represent high moral integrity with a character, lifestyle, and spiritual commitment reflective of the ideals of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Applicants for the Chaplaincy-ACPE Certified Educator concentration must satisfy admission requirements for both the Andrews University DMin program and the ACPE Certified Educator Candidate Process at an ACPE Accredited Center. These admission processes are separate.

Admission Procedure. Applicants must submit those items specified in the Graduate Academic Policies  and in the Admission and Evaluation Policies for Seminary admission requirements.

Additional Information

Student Financial Plans

See the DMin website ( or contact the DMin office for further information.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Doctor of Ministry program seeks to develop the person, knowledge, and practice of its students. While the program is structured around certain areas of concentration, there are learning outcomes and educational objectives we expect for all students.

DMin Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on, articulate, and apply biblically based principles and values for excellence in mission and ministry.
  • Conduct research and implement an intervention in response to ministry challenges and trends in a glocal context, related to the primary field of service.
  • Integrate knowledge and skills acquired into an effective ministry practice and evaluate the resultant impact on one’s personal experience and ministry.

Primary Educational Objectives


  • Seek deeper Christ-like biblical spirituality.
  • Experience enrichment of personal and family life.
  • Intensify commitment to ministry.
  • Develop an Adventist perspective of discipleship, evangelism, mission, and ministry.


  • Acquire exceptional theoretical knowledge that contributes to advanced ministry.
  • Foster a holistic view of society and its needs.
  • Articulate theological and theoretical understandings that advance global ministry.
  • Understand the biblical model of servant leadership.


  • Enhance the ability to evaluate ministerial practices through theological reflection.
  • Use appropriate tools to analyze the needs of churches and communities.
  • Refine skills that facilitate more effective ministry.
  • Reinforce habits of study that contribute to lifelong learning.

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