This is your invitation to consider advanced studies in Columbia Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program. This leadership development program is designed for experienced pastors of any denomination who are currently engaged in ministry in US and other North American or Caribbean settings.
Usually completed in four years, Columbia Seminary’s DMin allows students to focus their research and studies in one of the following areas of concentration:
The program of study begins with an introductory seminar hosted on our Decatur, GA campus near Atlanta specific to the student’s area of concentration, and culminates with the completion of a research project that focuses on renewal in ministry for the larger church and includes a significant research paper to report on their findings.
You may also contact Dr. Kevin Park, Associate Dean of Advanced Professional Studies by email at ParkK@CTSnet.edu or by phone at 404-687-4533 to arrange a visit to our campus in Decatur near Atlanta, GA.
Components of the Program
The 36-hour DMin program comprises the following:
- Introductory Seminar (6 credit hours), required at the outset of the program. Students take part in an intensive seminar to explore interdisciplinary perspectives around contemporary issues of ministry and professional development. In this seminar students begin interdisciplinary integration and clarify their views of ministry to guide their development of a study plan.
- Elective Courses (15 credit hours). The program requires a plan of study involving the integration of three dimensions: the biblical and theological norms of Christian faith; critical attention to the contemporary human situation; and the practices of ministry and church mission. In consultation with the faculty adviser, each student draws up a course of study to achieve the aims of both the student and the DMin program.
- Introduction to Research Methodologies (1.5 credit hours)is a seminar designed to introduce the the students the basic rudiments of qualitative and quantitative research methods and research design that students will need to know in order to design their final DMin projects. The seminar is offered in the afternoons when other DMin courses are offered in the mornings so that students can take the seminar along with another DMin elective.
- Doctor of Ministry Practicum (3 credit hours), a supervised activity in ministry. This practicum can also take place in settings as diverse as business, governmental, community, or church agencies where appropriate supervision and learning opportunities with peers are available. In any case, the practicum normally takes place in the students’s ministry context, providing new perspectives on self, theology, profession, and the needs and challenges of other persons and institutions. A unit of Clinical Pastoral Education or the Preaching practicum course may be sued to meet this requirement.
- Project Proposal Workshop (1.5 credit hours). Toward the end of the program coursework, each student participates in a research project development and design seminar to clearly articulate the topic and design of his or her final DMin project. This seminar together with the Introduction to Research Methodologies offered near the beginning of the students’ course work are offered to prepare the students to articulate a well designed project proposal before writing their final projects.
- Literature Review (3 credit hours) After students successfully complete their project proposals they will work on critically reviewing the relevant literature for their project with the careful guidance of their first readers. The culmination of the literature review may be the completion of the chapter on the theoretical and theological framework of the student’s project. The student must receive satisfactory evaluation from his or her first and second readers in order to pass the course.
- Doctor of Ministry Project (6 credit hours). Elements of the course of study converge in the Doctor of Ministry Project. The student must complete a research project and a written report that interprets this project to the seminary community and the larger church. So that the project can be an integrating focus for the entire course of study, students should start thinking about the proposal for the project early in the program. Students who successfully complete a qualifying examination with the first faculty reader are permitted to proceed on the project. Ordinarily, students conduct the project in their usual ministerial setting.
Students normally complete the program within four years. Extensions require the permission of the director and the Advanced Degrees Committee.
DMin Tuition & Fees 2016-2017
Requirements for the Degree
To be eligible for graduation with the DMin degree, students are required to meet all the following requirements:
- Have on file with the seminary a complete and official transcript of credits showing graduation with the MDiv degree (or its equivalent) from an ATS accredited institution, a completed health form, and standardized test results.
- Satisfactorily complete all the requirements of the degree with a total of 36 credit hours within four years of the date of matriculation, 30 of which must be completed at Columbia.
- Complete the Research Project Workshop.
- Complete the DMin Literature Review.
- Complete the DMin Research Project.
- Maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 3.00.
- Demonstrate to the faculty that they have sustained a sound moral and religious character in seminary life and give promise of useful service in the ministry or other church vocations.
- Pay all bills to the seminary and give assurance that all open accounts in the community and elsewhere have been satisfied; students with education loans must agree to make prompt and regular payments.
For more information, contact us at AdvancedStudies@CTSnet.edu.
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