FAQ about the DMin Program

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Questions about the Doctor of Ministry program? Find answers as you read through frequently asked questions (FAQs) below.

When is the next Intensive?
Click here to reference the Intensive Week page.

How long does the program last?

The program runs for 3 years (or 6 semesters).

What are the tuition and fees for the program and when are they due?

Tuition and fees are paid at registration for each semester, prior to the start of each Intensive Week.  Click here to reference the Tuition and Fees page.

What other expenses will there be?

Books, travel for the Intensive Weeks, travel for Focus Group meetings between Intensives (see next question), meals, hotel, Candidacy Review fee in Semester III, Graduation fee in Phase V. You may need to hire an Editor for preparing your documents in Turabian and by United guidelines.

Can I do the DMin program all online?

No. You will be required to come to Dayton, Ohio, one week per semester for the Intensive Week. Other work through the remainder of the semester can be done by computer sharing with your Faculty Mentor and your Focus Group using United Online. Once enrolled at United, you will be instructed on how to get a United Online account.

Is one week per semester the only time I am required to meet with my Focus Group?

No. Each Focus Group will schedule 3 or 4 additional days (for a total of 32 contact hours) sometime between each Intensive Week in Dayton. The dates and location are determined by the Faculty Mentor and the members of the Focus Group together.

Will I be able to transfer credits from my current DMin program at a different seminary?

No. Our program is not classroom based and credits cannot be transferred. Our program is a self-contained set of six semesters, one building on the previous one, so all six semesters must be done at United.

What scholarships, grants or financial aid is available?

Financial aid and scholarships through United are available to Doctor of Ministry students. You may find more information regarding scholarships and financial aid.

What if I do not have a Master of Divinity degree?

Students may be admitted with a master’s degree in any field. Certain courses may be required to qualify for what would be comparable to a Master of Divinity degree. Courses are determined by the Academic Dean’s Office and the Doctoral Studies Office on an individual basis as they review the transcripts submitted.

If you do not have a Master of Divinity degree, please reference and apply to either the Master of Ministry or the Pre-Doctoral program to achieve the educational equivalent of a Master of Divinity. Either 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.

Which program is right for me?

Master of Ministry

  • 36-hour Masters Program
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
  • Attend two DMin Intensives / MMin Seminars in Dayton, Ohio
  • Spiritual formation courses included
  • One-third of required credit hours must be completed in person
Pre-Doctoral Program

  • Take as many hours as you need.
  • Limited to $5,500 Financial Aid total
  • No intensives to attend
  • No spiritual formation courses
  • Credit hours can be completed in person, online or in combination.

Tuition, Fees and Payment