The Doctor of Ministry program admits men and women who show evidence that they (1) are born again; (2) are of proven Christian character; (3) are endowed with appropriate spiritual gifts; and (4) adhere to the following doctrines: the authority and inerrancy of Scripture, the Trinity, the full deity and humanity of Christ, the spiritual lostness of the human race, the substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection of Christ, salvation by faith alone in Christ alone, and the physical return of Christ.
In addition, the following prerequisites apply to DMin applicants.
- normally have at least three years of vocational or bivocational Christian ministry experience since receiving their first graduate theological degree
- give evidence of growth and competence in ministerial skills and leadership
- be involved in an ongoing ministry (including lay ministry)
- have an academic record that demonstrates superior ability and shows promise of success in doctoral studies; and
- hold an accredited Master of Divinity (MDiv) or Master of Theology (ThM) degree, or a Master of Arts (MA) degree plus leveling courses as necessary to provide MDiv equivalence. Prerequisite degrees and/or equivalence must include:
- a minimum of 90 semester hours of credit (80 hours for selected DTS master’s degrees) and
- four semesters of Greek and two semesters of Hebrew. (If a student has only three semesters of Greek, he or she may take ID201 Computer Tools for Biblical Exegesis in lieu of the fourth semester of Greek. For selected DTS master’s degrees the student needs only ID201 Computer Tools for Biblical Exegesis in lieu of Greek and Hebrew.)
Credits needed to meet MDiv equivalence requirements must cover the breadth and scope of Dallas Theological Seminary’s curriculum and commitment to Scripture as prescribed by the DMin Office and the Registrar’s Office. Courses required for MDiv equivalence may be earned at DTS, its extension sites, through external studies programs, or other accredited institutions. For more information on MDiv equivalence, please contact the Doctor of Ministry Office or the Registrar’s Office.
Applicants must supply the requisite written admission materials and must have a personal or phone interview with members of the faculty. Prospective DMin students may apply for admission at any time. The deadline for the summer session is February 15 and for the winter seminar, August 15. Further details on admission requirements and procedures are available from the Admissions Office.
As part of the admissions requirements you will need to submit a writing sample that demonstrates the applicant's ability to think and write clearly and concisely. Some applicants provide an article they have written, or a similar piece such as a brief academic paper.
Admission to Candidacy
Students may be admitted to candidacy for the DMin degree by action of the faculty only after these requirements have been met: (1) completion of all residence requirements and all independent study courses leading to the degree; (2) evidence of proven Christian character; (3) effectiveness in Christian ministry; and (4) adherence to the following doctrines: the authority and inerrancy of Scripture, the Trinity, the full deity and humanity of Christ, the spiritual lostness of the human race, the substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection of Christ, salvation by faith alone in Christ alone, and the physical return of Christ.
Students in the DMin program must also provide a written letter from the local church or organization where the student is serving, endorsing the student’s ministry.
Transfer of Credit
Transfer of up to 10 hours of doctoral-level credit may be applied toward the DMin degree if those hours constitute equivalent work. Normally only courses taken after receiving an MA, MDiv, ThM, STM, or equivalent degree can be credited toward the DMin degree.
The training and courses completed in the Basic and Advanced Chaplaincy programs of the US Army or equivalent training and courses completed as a chaplain in other branches of the U.S. Military may be transferred for up to ten (10) hours of credit toward a DMin degree at DTS.
Requests for transfer of credit should be directed to the director of DMin studies. Plans to take other courses for transfer credit must be approved by the DMin committee prior to taking the course.