The Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) is an advanced degree for clergy and lay leaders with ministry experience who desire to deepen the spiritual resources from which they draw to serve their communities. The program focuses on sharpening the skills students already possess in order to enhance their knowledge and skills in specialized areas of ministry. The skills and knowledge they learn provide a significant impact on the communities they serve. This practice-oriented degree will equip ministers to bring about personal and social transformation in their vocational calling, special for those called to serve in a multicultural, global, and urbanizing world. In cohorts of eight to fifteen ministers, students meet for short periods over two years and enhanced their learning through on-line education.
Areas of Focus
- Urban Ministry
- General Ministry (The Arts of Ministry); Cohorts: English, Spanish, Korean
- Multi-faith Ministry
The Doctor of Ministry offers students an opportunity to specialize in an area of study and become experts in that field. Graduates are able to lead and serve in a more fruitful manner. Many graduates also find new opportunities, such as teaching or executive leadership, after the completion of their degree.
Applicants to the Doctor of Ministry degree program are required to have completed:
- a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree received from an institution that is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS), or
- a graduate theological degree from an accredited school outside North America that in the judgment of the Admissions Committee meets the standard of an ATS-accredited school, or
- the educational equivalent of an accredited MDiv degree in the form of one or more degrees received from an institution of higher education recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or a Canadian provincial quality assurance agency.
- MDiv equivalency is defined as 72 graduate semester hours representing both professional and academic learning, with at least 24 graduate credits completed in the combined areas of biblical studies, theology, history, and the arts of ministry.
- Candidates who hold an earned graduate degree in another field of study (e.g. social work, urban planning, law) but have not completed sufficient graduate theological studies will be encouraged to enroll in and complete an MA degree at NYTS in one of the specialized areas of ministry (MAPCC, MARE, MAYM, or MARLA) as appropriate to their particular track in the D.Min.
- In all cases, the decisions of the Admissions Committee of the Doctor of Ministry program regarding equivalency are final.
- For further information on admission on the basis of educational equivalency, contact the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program.
All applicants are expected to have completed a minimum of three years of ministry experience subsequent to the applicant’s first graduate theological degree. In considering exceptions to this expectation, the DMin Admissions Committee will consider the number of years of ministerial experience of the applicant prior to completing the MDiv, and the specific nature of the applicant’s ministry in the context of the religious community or faith-based institution to which the person is related.
All applicants must demonstrate a capacity for engaging in advanced academic research and writing appropriate for the doctoral level.
All applicants must be engaged in some form of professional ministry (ordained or lay) that can reasonably be expected to last for the duration of the degree. An applicant who may be engaged in non-traditional forms of ministry is required to present evidence that such practices are understood as ministry at least by the community of faith to which he/she belongs. Applicants do not need to be in ministerial positions for which they receive paid compensation.