The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree is a professional doctorate which may be earned by a minister of religion who is concurrently engaged in some form of ministry.[1] Under Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) standards, programs must require matriculants to have earned the degree Master of Divinity (M.Div.) or its equivalent[1] and to have engaged in no fewer than three years of full time ministry,[1] though some programs require more.[2] The ATS requires students to complete at least one year of coursework followed by the completion of the doctoral dissertation or research project.[1] Normally, the degree requires somewhere between three and six years to complete.[1] The degree's purpose is to "enhance the practice of ministry for persons who hold the MDiv or its educational equivalent and who have engaged in substantial ministerial leadership."[1] As such, Doctor of Ministry concentrations vary by institution and include, but are not limited to: applied theology, evangelism, pastoral counseling or the psychology of religion, homiletics, spiritual formation, ethics, church growth, church leadership, and apologetics.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools. "Degree Program Standards: Doctor of Ministry". Standards of Accreditation (PDF). Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. pp. 124–126. 
  2. ^ "DMin Application Information". Duke Divinity School. Duke University. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "DMin Concentrations". Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Retrieved 17 January 2018.