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Doctor of Ministry, Pastoral Studies

Pastoral Studies DMin

Pastoral Studies

The Doctor of Ministry Pastoral Studies is designed to strengthen pastors in their personal spiritual vitality and sharpen their skills in the areas of ministry vision, strategy, alignment and execution. An intentional focus will be upon effective pastoral care including disciple making strategy, conflict resolution, ministry to the suffering and grieving, interpersonal relationship skills, spiritual formation in small groups, and pastoral counseling.

Doctor of Ministry

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.


Doctoral Seminar Schedule

Doctoral Seminar Registration

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 DMin 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 DMin Committee, but they must maintain the grade point average required for candidacy (3.0) to continue in the program.*MDiv 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 MDiv degree is carried out by the DMin 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 MDiv or its equivalent. Exceptions to this policy will be considered by the DMin Committee in the case of applicants who have acquired at least 10 years of full-time professional ministry experience prior to and during their MDiv or its equivalent.

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission, the student must provide:

  1. Official transcripts from the school where you obtained your master’s degree. If you are currently working on your degree, you can submit an unofficial transcript for admission until term completion, at which time an official transcript is required. Transcripts should be sent to
  2. A spiritual life reference
  3. Additionally, international applicant must provide a copy of TESOL test scores, and provide a financial certificate indicating sufficient funding for the program of study.

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