Participants working toward the typical Doctor of Ministry degree shall complete 40 semester credit hours by completing all course work and a Dissertation with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. No course grade under the minimum grade of "B-" will be accepted for credit toward the DMin degree. Participants working toward the Extended DMin shall complete an additional 20 credits, or a total of 60 credit hours.
Participants who have approximately three-quarters of their degree program completed may apply for candidacy. Before actual candidacy is received, participants are allowed and encouraged to submit final project proposals early in their degree program in order to allow sufficient time to complete specialized work related to their concentration. The Academic Dean will oversee the qualifying of participants for candidacy. Request for candidacy will include the following procedures:
- The prospective candidate will have fulfilled all entrance deficiencies and other conditions stipulated at the time of admission into the program;
- The prospective candidate will have demonstrated a capacity for individual research indicated by the quality of written work submitted in conjunction with course work;
- The prospective candidate will submit a Request for Candidacy for to the Academic Dean's Office;
- The prospective candidate will submit a final Dissertation Project proposal to the academic dean for approval.
- An oral defense of the Dissertation must be completed before final recommendation for candidacy is approved.
The Doctor of Ministry program concludes with a Dissertation Project that integrates both theory and practice of ministry. It is this combination of theory and practice in the field of the candidate's ministry which distinguishes this program from other programs that focus on academic and experimental research (please request or download Dissertation project handbook for current details). The Dissertation Project is to be written in proper form and style and must contribute to the knowledge of the work of the ministry. The project proposal must be approved by the Academic Affairs Committee. Through the Dissertation Project, the candidate must demonstrate the following:
- The ability to identify a specific concern in ministry, mobilize appropriate resources, develop a method for addressing the concern and evaluate the completed results;
- The ability to reflect depth of theological insight in relation to practical ministry; and
- The ability to function responsibly under supervision appropriate to the project.
Participants should enter the degree program with a potential topic in mind. An advisor will be selected from among the recommended faculty by the participant to function as the primary mentor on the Dissertation Project. The Director of Dissertation Projects and the Academic Dean will also be available for consultation throughout the Dissertation Project process.
More detailed information on the Dissertation and candidacy process may be found in the 2017-18 Final Project Handbook.