Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

DMin Purpose & Goals


The Doctor of Ministry degree program is designed to provide advanced training in the practice of biblically and theologically oriented ministry to those actively involved in vocational or bivocational ministry. The program concentrates on developing expertise in the biblical rationale, sociological strategy, and practical implementation of ministry.

The Doctor of Ministry degree is the highest professional degree for those engaged in local church and parachurch ministries, world missions, and similar ministries. (The PhD degree, by comparison, purposes primarily to equip students to engage in scholarly research and teaching.) The DMin program is offered “in ministry” rather than “in residence,” as it assumes students will remain in ministry throughout the program and does not require them to relocate to Dallas. It normally requires a minimum of three years of meaningful ministry experience. Each course assumes this ministry experience and endeavors to integrate learning with the student’s present context of ministry as well as future goals.

One of the most inviting features of the DMin at DTS is that the curriculum is designed with a high degree of flexibility. Of the 27 hours of course work required for the degree, only six hours are prescribed so that students may tailor their programs to their own ministry goals. Three additional hours are granted for the student’s applied research project, which the student reports in the dissertation.


Educational Goals

To enable students to:

  • evaluate their own personal, spiritual, and professional development;
  • assess and construct biblical ministries in a variety of contemporary contexts;
  • conduct professional applied research within their chosen field of study;
  • manifest a maturing and Spirit-filled character;
  • enhance identified ministerial skills such as preaching, leadership, administration, counseling, spiritual formation, educational programming, and communication;
  • communicate God’s Word effectively through preaching, teaching, writing or other media; and
  • contribute to the practice of ministry for greater local church and parachurch effectiveness.