Master of Ministry (MMin)

Prepare for United’s Doctor of Ministry program

36 semester hours. 12 courses. Complete in 1-2 years.

The Master of Ministry is designed for those who want to enter the Doctor of Ministry program and have completed a master’s degree but need to achieve the educational equivalent of a Master of Divinity degree, gaining a strong foundation in theological education and spiritual formation.

The Master of Ministry degree is designed to:

  • Teach skills of critical and theological reflection
  • Refine your writing and research in preparation for doctoral studies
  • Guide you in discerning how your specific calling and your Christian heritage connect to a larger biblical framework

Master of Ministry students engage with the Doctor of Ministry program twice per year during DMin Intensive Weeks (January and August). Over two semesters during the DMin Intensives, you will participate in Formation courses, during which you will focus on personal spiritual formation through a spiritual autobiography and reflection on your ministry context. This work is foundational for later DMin project work. You will also be able to investigate DMin focus groups. Other coursework may be completed either on campus or online.

Master of Divinity equivalency is defined as 72 graduate semester hours that represent broad work in theology, biblical studies and the arts of ministry. A Master of Divinity or its educational equivalent is a pre-requisite for the Doctor of Ministry program.* In addition to a Master of Divinity degree, United’s doctoral program presupposes three years of ministry experience after the completion of your first master’s degree.

* The MMin program is offered as an approved exception to ATS Degree Program Standard E, section E.4.3, regarding admission requirements for a DMin program.

Flexible Options.

Take classes in a traditional format at our campus in Dayton, OH, or complete coursework from wherever you live. The MMin degree can be completed at a distance with as few as two weeks on campus over the course of the degree. This is fulfilled by attending the required DMin Intensives.**

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** Residency requirements may vary by denomination. Check with your denominational leadership about any additional residency requirements that may apply.


  • Accredited master’s degree. By the completion of your MMin, you must achieve a combined total of 72 graduate semester hours for MDiv equivalency. If your first master’s degree was less than 36 semester hours, you may take additional electives in conjunction with the MMin to achieve the 72 semester hours needed.

Degree Requirements

Course Schedules
A suggested course schedule is provided with the help of an adviser.

Intensive Weeks
DMin intensive weeks will be offered every year in January and August at our Dayton, Ohio, campus so that students can complete the residency portion of their degree.

Included in the Intensive Weeks:

  • On-campus orientation for incoming students
  • Communal worship and meals
  • Spiritual formation courses
  • Focus group meetings
  • Plenary sessions focused on the theme of the Intensive

Masters intensive weeks are also available in January, June, August and September if students would like to complete some courses in this format.

Intensive Week Fees: There are some additional costs associated with Intensive Weeks. Please visit TUITION and FEES for more Information.

Housing: Lower prices have been negotiated at some of the hotels in the area. Please explore the Visitor Accommodation section of the website to make your own room arrangements for the week or contact the Academic Administrative Assistant.

Course Planning Guide
Course Planning Guides are provided to assist you in mapping out your degree program at United. Explore the MMin Course Planning Guide below.

2017–2018 MMin Guide

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