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What's the Difference between DMin and DEdMin?
The DMin and DEdMin degree programs follow the same basic format (see below), but new accreditation requirements necessitate distinguishing between students focused on educational ministries and who hold an MA in education (DEdMin) and those in more general ministry leadership settings who hold an MDiv or equivalent degree (DMin).
How do DEdMin studies work?
We combine the best adult learning and professional ministry education. DEdMin, like DMin studies are built on a foundation of biblical theology and ministry theory, but focus on practical aspects of ministry.
Before and after the resident portion of each course, you'll complete assignments related to your individual ministry. Then, at the end of the program, you'll write an applied research project, which implements and evaluates ministry in your particular context. The strategies you learn for creating an assessing ministries will be invaluable throughout your ministry career.
What is "Professional Ministry Education"?
While professors bring their expertise to the classroom, significant participation by the students is encouraged, and learning is a collaborative process. Lectures may introduce a topic, but from there you'll discuss, debate, problem solve, and strategize together in a relaxed atmosphere. DEdMin learning is intentionally relevant to ministry and life.
What are the courses like?
Courses run for six months and include a one- or two-week resident portion, normally in Dec/Jan or June/July. During the pre-residence, students prepare for the resident portion by reading assigned books and completing practical assignments. The resident portion is the week(s) during which students meet together as a class with their professors. The post-resident portion calls for the integration of the course content with the student's ministry.
What degree do I need in order to start my DEdMin?
Applicants must meet the following:
(1) Hold the DTS MACE (or its equivalent) or the MDiv or ThM or other theological master's degrees plus leveling courses as necessary to provide DTS MACE equivalence.
(2) Have a least three years ministry experience
(3) Show evidence of growth and competence in ministerial skills and educational leadership
(4) Affirm agreement with the doctrines below