Doctor of Ministry Degree
We offer you a Doctor of Ministry degree with a missional accent—and without a straightjacket!
Strengthen your practice of ministry by developing your capacity in critical biblical and theological reflection, reliable social research and cultural discernment, and missional vision and practice in ministry. Tailored learning units, peer collegiality, faculty mentoring, and annual on-campus seminars will nourish these capacities for learning and ministry leadership growth.
What makes Western Distinctive?
Courses and Application Requirements
- Hold a M.Div. degree or its educational equivalent
- Have at least three years of ministry experience since the M.Div. was completed.
- Have at least one year of experience in the current ministry setting.
- Be prepared to participate in seminars for two weeks in May/June in each of the next three years.
- Application must be completed by January 15 (Cohort begins in May).
Sequence of Courses
DM810 Orientation Seminar
Introduces major components of the program. During the seminar, students refine their program of study and work on designing learning units. Meets for two weeks in May; 4 cr
Learning units are primary building blocks of the D.Min. program. A learning unit is a specific action-reflection exercise that furthers the candidate’s knowledge, skill, and personal competence in ministry in a specific discipline with carefully defined objectives related to the overall program goal. Students develop and complete five learning units.
DM820 Candidate Seminar
Begins the second year of the program, culminating and integrating the first year’s work and providing a foundation for the second year. Meets for two weeks in May; 4 cr
DM830 Project Seminar
Begins the third year, in which students design a project based upon their first two years’ work. Students are expected to have completed four learning units prior to entering this seminar. Meets for two weeks in May; 4 cr
Design and execution of a project is the final stage of the D.Min. program. The D.Min. project consists of an original investigation or activity in ministry and affords students an opportunity to develop a mature practice of ministry characterized by careful scholarship. 12 cr