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Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

Why Pursue a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)?

The Doctor of Ministry is for seasoned church leaders who want to deepen their faith, grow in wisdom, and develop as thought leaders and skilled practitioners for long-term fruitfulness in ministry.

Application deadline for Spring 2022
In-person weeks of classes per year
Required credit hours for M.Div/M.A. entrants

Highlights of the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

The Doctor of Ministry curriculum addresses ministry professionals as whole human beings as well as the diversity of ministry knowledge and skills needed in the 21st century by bringing together biblical and theological scholarship, theological integration, reflective practice, ministry skills, and spiritual maturity.

The Wheaton D.Min. program is open to students with an M.Div. or an M.A. in bible, theology, or a ministry-related field.

Doctor of Ministry for Students with an M.Div. (or equivalent)

36 credit hours

Doctor of Ministry for Students with an M.A.

48 credit hours

Total Length

Complete your degree in 3 - 5 years

The Doctoral Project

The degree program culminates with the doctoral project in which students will make a significant contribution to the practice of ministry.

Initial cohorts in pastoral leadership with other concentrations in future years

Designed for leaders engaged in active ministry

Taught by world-class Wheaton faculty and guests who are leading scholars and practitioners

Progress through the degree program in a cohort of like-minded students where deep, encouraging, and sharpening relationships form and learning is enhanced.

Current cohorts are forming for:

  • Executive Pastors
  • Missions Pastors
  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Propel Women
  • Partnership Cohorts - Learn more about starting a cohort for your organization

Attend intensive in-person classes for one week in spring and fall and complete the remaining work and study through distance learning. Students entering with an M.A. will also have online classes during the summer semesters.


See Frequently Asked Questions about the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

We designed this degree to accommodate high-level practitioners, who in turn will serve as frontline leaders to continue building the church and benefiting society worldwide. — Ed Stetzer, Dean of the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership
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