Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

Contact: admissions@united.edu

haroldhudson2x2 Harold Hudson Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies hhudson@united.edu
United’s Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced professional degree program centered in the practice of ministry. The Doctor of Ministry program presupposes a Master of Divinity degree followed by at least three years of ministry. If you do not have a Master of Divinity degree, please reference our Pre-Doctoral Program.


Each United doctoral student studies his or her own ministry context to identify a need within the community. Working with a Faculty Mentor, Focus Group colleagues, and ministry partners, the student designs a “replicable model of ministry” to address the need. All projects must be action oriented with the objective of producing a change within the context.

Credits Required

The D.Min. degree requires sixty (60) semester hours of credit.

Curriculum

The educational process in this degree program is a contextual model of ministry engaging self-initiative and collegial action/reflection. Individual leadership development and the support of others’ leadership development are of equal importance. Specialized content and focus are woven into this contextual model.

Time for degree completion

The entire program is intended to be completed in six (6) semesters, but with the permission of the Associate Dean of Doctoral Studies it may be extended to a total of nine (9) consecutive semesters. A student may not qualify for the degree beyond nine (9) semesters.

Six Semesters of Study (three years)

Semester I: Advanced Preparation for the Practice of Ministry
Semester II: Foundations in the Practice of Ministry
Semesters III, IV and V: Research Design and Field Research
Semester VI: Final Exam, Final Editing and Format Control

Admissions Requirements

The Doctor of Ministry is an advanced professional degree program that requires a Master of Divinity degree or its educational equivalent from a regionally accredited institution followed by at least three years of ministry.

If you do not have a Master of Divinity degree, please reference and apply to the Pre-Doctoral Program. The Pre-Doctoral program offers the courses you need to qualify for what would be comparable to a Master of Divinity degree. The Pre-Doctoral program must be successfully completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 before a student may be admitted into the Doctor of Ministry program.