Doctor of Ministry

Expand your ministry by becoming a Doctor of the Church.
6 semesters.  3 years.


Is God calling you to expand your ministry? United’s Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program is for religious leaders seeking to strengthen their prophetic, pastoral and executive capabilities. Through the DMin program, you will identify a need within your community and develop a model of ministry that will produce change for the glory of God.


Program Design

The DMin program is designed for those who are actively engaged in ministry. Complete it from wherever you live. Your own ministry setting is the learning environment. Working with a faculty mentor, a peer group focused on an area of ministry, and ministry partners, you will develop an original research project designed to address a need within your unique ministry context.

Thesis writing begins on the first day of the program, and chapters are due each semester to make your project manageable and help you graduate on time.

Individual Work: Assess your ministry context and design a project or “replicable model of ministry” to address a need. Phases of your project are due each semester, providing accountability and momentum toward completing your thesis.

Intensives: Begin each semester learning from national leaders about major issues impacting ministry today. Work closely with mentors and peers to troubleshoot and progress through your project step by step.

Peer Sessions: Meet with your focus group twice per year to expand your knowledge base through assigned coursework. Collaborate with your mentor and peers to refine your project.

Time on campus includes:

  • Two week-long intensives each year (January and August)
  • Two 3-4–day focus group meetings (one on campus and one at a location of the mentor and group’s choice)
Degree Plan

Degree Plan

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.

Each semester begins with a five-day Doctoral Intensive in Dayton, Ohio. During the Intensive Weeks, you will receive tools to prepare you for the next phase of study.

Click here to see a sample intensive schedule.

Your Mentor

With you the whole way

Learn from experienced religious leaders in United’s mentor-based program. Your mentor will lead your focus group through an area of ministry relevant to the church today. You will receive feedback, academic guidance, and support in your ministry from your mentor and peers during your time in the DMin program.

United offers focus groups that target topics within these areas:

  • 21st Century Church
  • Church Renewal and Evangelism
  • Holy Spirit / Supernatural Ministry
  • Pastoral Leadership and Church Administration
  • Preaching
  • Social Justice

Review the list of mentors and groups below to find a group that supports your area of study and ministry goals.

Search Focus Groups

Focus Group offerings are subject to change. United Theological Seminary reserves the right to cancel a Focus Group when enrollment is insufficient to warrant offering the group. You may contact the Doctor of Ministry office at any time to request assistance to identify an appropriate group for your specific area of interest.

Intensive Weeks

Intensive weeks for United’s Doctor of Ministry program are held in January and August in Dayton, OH. Intensive weeks introduce DMin students to current issues that are impacting ministry. Each intensive is organized around a practical theme and is taught by national leaders. The intensives also provide a setting for course work, the development of research methodology and focus group consultation.

Included in intensive weeks:

  • Communal worship
  • Focus group meetings
  • Plenary sessions on the theme of the intensive
  • Core course work for required academic curriculum


Next Intensive Week: 

January 25-29, 2021
Theme: “Developing and Leading Multi-Ethnic Congregations”

Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, the January 2021 Doctoral Intensive will meet virtually. Plenaries, classes and cohort meetings normally conducted in-person will take place in real-time via video conferencing.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum 2.5 GPA
  • MDiv degree or its equivalent with minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Three years of ministry experience after the completion of your first master’s degree.

The Doctor of Ministry program presupposes a Master of Divinity degree (or its educational equivalent) followed by at least three years of ministry. If you have another type of master’s degree, our Master of Ministry degree or Pre-Doctoral program can prepare you for the educational rigor of the doctoral program, while accomplishing MDiv equivalency requirements.

Learn more about the application process. 

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