Doctor of Ministry – DMin
We are glad you are considering our Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program!
This leadership development degree program is designed for experienced pastors of any denomination who are currently engaged in ministry in the 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:
Since we expect our students to continue in their full-time ministries during the course of their studies, our DMin program is part-time. Typically, our students complete the program within four years.
Components of the DMin Degree Program
The 36-hour DMin degree program consists of 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.
- Elective Courses (15 credit hours). These five, three-credit courses, are distributed between Biblical, Historical Doctrinal, and Practical areas.
- Introduction to Research Methodologies (1.5 credit hours). This seminar is designed to introduce students to 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.
- Doctor of Ministry Practicum (3 credit hours), a supervised activity in ministry. This practicum can also take place in settings as diverse as business, government, community, or church agencies where appropriate supervision and learning opportunities with peers are available.
- Project Proposal Workshop (1.5 credit hours). This seminar is offered to prepare students to articulate a well-designed project proposal before writing their final projects.
- Literature Review (3 credit hours), a critical review of relevant literature for the project with the careful guidance of the student’s first reader.
- Doctor of Ministry Project (6 credit hours), the culmination and convergence of the course of study in a significant written body of research and interpretation.
Admission Requirements for the DMin Degree:
To be eligible to apply for the Doctor of Ministry program at Columbia Theological Seminary, applicants must have the following:
- An online application form.
- A personal statement detailing the applicant’s ministry to date and vision for future ministry.
- An up-to-date resume.
- A background check.
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
- A Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from an institution accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
- Ordinarily three years of experience in ministry after completion of the MDiv degree.
- Official transcripts for all degree program work completed after high school, sent directly from the appropriate institutions.
- A cumulative grade point average of honors level (3.0 GPA/B average or above).
- Three letters of recommendation (on forms provided by Columbia): one academic reference from a seminary or other graduate school professor and two character references from persons who are familiar with the applicant’s ministry.
- In some cases, the associate dean for advanced professional studies may request a personal interview with the applicant.
- All DMin applicants for whom English is not their first language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based test (iBT), and the iBT TOEFL score must be from a test date that is two years or less from the date of application to Columbia Theological Seminary. Normally a minimum total iBT TOEFL score of 86 is required, with the following minimum required scores in the areas: Reading 22; Listening 20; Speaking 20; and Writing 24. All test fees are the responsibility of the applicant.
DMin Informational Packet
You may contact Dr. Jeffery Tribble, Associate Dean of Advanced Professional Studies via email at TribbleJ@CTSnet.edu 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 JohnsonR@CTSnet.edu.
The application deadline for program entry in 2019 is April 1, 2019.
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