Doctor of Ministry – DMin

This is your invitation to consider advanced studies in Columbia Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry or DMin degree 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 degree program 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 or by phone at 404-687-4533 to arrange a visit to our campus in Decatur near Atlanta, GA.

Components of the DMin Degree Program

The 36-hour DMin degree program comprises the following:

Students normally complete the program within four years. Extensions require the permission of the director and the Advanced Degrees Committee.

DMin Degree Tuition & Fees 2016-2017

Requirements for the DMin Degree

To be eligible for graduation with the DMin degree, students are required to meet all the following requirements:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Complete the Research Project Workshop.
    4. Complete the DMin Literature Review.
    5. Complete the DMin Research Project.
    6. Maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 3.00.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.

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