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Pastoral Studies, D.Min.


Being a life-long learner should be a high priority for every pastor who wants to grow personally and stay relevant in ministry. The Doctor of Ministry degree is an advanced professional degree program designed for the continuing development of those involved in pastoral ministry.

This program is designed to enhance professional competence by expanding upon an initial foundation of theological studies and ministry experience, to enable those in vocational ministry to enhance current strengths, address areas of weakness, and increase overall effectiveness.


  • PM 8100 The Effective Communicator

    Credit Hours: 4
  • PM 8510 Foundations for Ministry

    Credit Hours: 4
  • PM 8260 Current Theological Issues

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8150 Contextualization for Meaningful Ministry

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8280 Methods of Social Research

    Credit Hours: 4
  • PM 8990 Professional Project Pastoral Studies

    Credit Hours: 4
  • Pastoral Studies Electives

    Credit Hours: 12

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for the Doctor of Ministry program, the applicant must fulfill the following prerequisites in addition to the general guidelines for application as described in the regular catalog of the seminary.

  1. An applicant must have obtained a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent* from an approved institution as determined by the D.Min. Committee. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) in the applicant’s previous academic work is required. A limited number of students may be admitted under academic restriction by action of the D.Min. Committee, but they must maintain the grade point average required for candidacy (3.0) to continue in the program.*M.Div. equivalency includes:
    • A completed bachelor’s degree.
    • A completed master’s degree.
    • 72 hours of graduate-level theological training. Of the 72 hours of graduate-level theological training, 33 hours must have been earned in the following content areas:
      • Christian Theology – 9 hours
      • Biblical Interpretation – 3 hours
      • Old Testament – 6 hours
      • New Testament – 6 hours
      • Practical Ministry – 6 hours (Choose any two of the following)
        • Counseling
        • Intercultural Ministry
        • Leadership
        • Preaching
      • Biblical Hebrew or Greek – 3 hours

    Evaluation of equivalency for the M.Div. degree is carried out by the D.Min. Committee. A request for evaluation, including transcripts, should be sent to the Seminary Enrollment Office.

  2. Applicants must currently be serving in a vocational ministry with at least three years in full-time professional ministry since completing the M.Div. or its equivalent. Exceptions to this policy will be considered by the D.Min. Committee in the case of applicants who have acquired at least 10 years of full-time professional ministry experience prior to and during their M.Div. or its equivalent.

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must provide an endorsement from their local church and, if applicable, the Christian organization under which they serve. This endorsement should indicate the quality and characteristics of their ministry as well as the encouragement and support of the ministry organization under which they serve. Furthermore, the endorsement should clearly state the acceptance of the time necessary to complete the D.Min program and provide for opportunities to implement goals and strategies developed during the time of the candidate’s study.
  2. Prospective students will also provide a statement that provides details of
    • their conversion
    • call to ministry
    • philosophy of ministry
    • assessment of personal strengths and weaknesses
    • objectives in pursuing a D.Min. degree
    • a resume of all previous positions in Christian ministry
  3. Spouses of prospective D.Min. students are asked to complete a statement indicating their support of the applicant’s enrollment in doctoral-level studies.
  4. Three references are to be provided from those persons qualified to give a current assessment of the applicant’s ministry effectiveness (i.e., immediate supervisor, colleagues, church leaders, etc.).
  5. In addition, the D.Min. Committee may, at its discretion, require
    • a personal interview with the committee or its authorized representative
    • standardized testing to assist in determining the applicant’s potential for work at the doctoral level

Note: Grace Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admissions, academic and employment