Doctor of Educational Ministry – DEdMin

The Doctor of Educational Ministry or DEdMin degree program is open to qualified applicants currently engaged in ministries of Christian education. Applicants should have a master’s degree in religious education and at least three years of experience in educational ministry. This program is usually completed in four years. Columbia Theological Seminary’s DEdMin was created to foster spiritual maturity as well as imaginative thinking about educational ministry as it is practiced within the life of congregations, as well as in other contexts.

This is a part-time program for those actively employed in a position of educational ministry. The 45 credit hour degree includes 33 hours of course work, a 6 hour practicum and a 6 hour final research project. Courses take place on the Columbia Seminary campus and include courses taught in two week residential intensives and hybrid courses with some web delivered components and complementing classroom lectures. The practicum and final research project are ordinarily done in the student’s place of ministry.

Applications for the next cohort will be received until April 15, 2022. Students accepted into the cohort will begin their studies with the DEdMin Introductory Seminar hosted on our Decatur, GA campus near Atlanta in the fall of 2022.

The 45-hour DEdMin degree program consists of the following:

Required Courses (21 hours)

Elective Course Credit (9 hours)

Original Curriculum (3 hours)  – An original curriculum produced, tested, and assessed by the student.

DEdMin Degree Practicum (6 hours)

Project Proposal Workshop (no credit)

DEdMin Degree Project (6 hours) –  A research paper of approximately 75-100 pages in length.

Total 45 credit hours


Admission Requirements for the DEdMin Degree:

To be eligible to apply for the Doctor of Educational Ministry program at Columbia Theological Seminary, applicants must have the following:


DEdMin Tuition Cost Structure 2020-2021

DEdMin Tuition Cost Structure 2020-2021

DEdMin Informational Packet

DEdMin Info packet 2020-2021

DEdMin Tuition and Fees 2022-2023

DEdMin Tuition and Fees 2022-2023


You may contact Dr. Jeffery Tribble, Associate Dean of Advanced Professional Studies via email at or by phone at 404-687-4533 to arrange a visit to our campus in Decatur near Atlanta, GA.  You may also contact Rhonda Johnson, Program Coordinator of Advanced Professional Studies via email at

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