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Doctor of Ministry

Advancing the Kingdom with an advanced degree

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree is the professional doctoral degree for men and women whose vocation and calling is ministry. It is specifically designed for the individual who seeks to improve practical expertise, explore the concerns of their own ministry setting, and challenge both heart and mind. The Doctor of Ministry degree is affordable and accessible to persons in full time ministry.

The Doctor of Ministry degree is a 45 quarter hour program which includes: six courses in the track of your choice (30 hours); one seminar each for your project proposal and completion (5 hours); and a doctoral project combining theory and practice in a ministry setting (10 hours).

Admission Requirements

For admission to the Doctor of Ministry program at Ashland, an applicant must have:

  • A Master of Divinity degree from an Association of Theological Schools accredited seminary or university, or its equivalent (an equivalency evaluation can be processed at your request by the Director of Recruitment)
  • A grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all graduate work
  • Current involvement in an approved ministry context
  • No less than three years of ministry experience post-Masters unless otherwise approved the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

DMIN Concentrations


Black Church Studies

Black Church Studies equips quality leaders for the Black Church in the 21st century through academic reflection in the primary disciplines of Bible, Theology, History, Spiritual Formation, and Practical Theology. Featuring reflection on ministry, work and experience pertinent to the African American context, this track is taught by leading African-American scholars and practitioners.


Canadian Church Studies

Canadian Church Studies equips professionals who seek to improve their practical expertise, explore concerns of ministry in a Canadian context, and challenge themselves to personal formation and growth. Students will complete coursework at both ATS and Canterbury College.


Formational Counseling

Formational Counseling equips students in the ministry of Christian caregiving by integrating pastoral care, spiritual direction, and Spirit-directed counseling with a view to bringing hope, healing, and spiritual well-being to broken people.


Independent Design

Independent Design gives the student greater flexibility in selecting elective courses from various tracks, transfer of approved courses from other approved doctoral programs, or creating elective courses that move the student towards their academic and professional goals.


Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation establishes the student in the foundational roles of Scripture and Christian community as a source of healthy spiritual formation, focusing on personal guidance and formation in the image of Christ. The track builds upon the foundation of spiritual formation as the fountainhead for Christian discipleship and ministry.


Transformational Leadership

Transformational Leadership equips a student with the competency to deal with the realities of leadership as they seek to position the church for renewal that will result in profound change.


Wesleyan Practices

Wesleyan Practices equips a student to understand and utilize the Wesleyan heritage effectively in the ongoing ministry and mission of the church and to integrate Wesleyan practices with the dynamics of personal spiritual formation in community and Christian renewal.

DMIN Videos

Norman Brown

When Norman experienced a stroke in 2007, the Lord used that trial to very specifically call him into ministry and a seminary education. The road to recovery has also been a road into full-time ministry!

Wanda Coleman

As D.Min. Director of Recruitment, Wanda is the main point of contact for prospective D.Min. students. View Wanda's Profile.

Interested?

The Doctor of Ministry degree is for men and women whose vocation and calling is ministry. It is specifically designed for the individual who seeks to improve practical expertise, explore the concerns of their own ministry setting, and challenge both heart and mind. The Doctor of Ministry degree is affordable and accessible to persons in full-time ministry. Concentrations include Transformational Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Formational Counseling, Black Church Studies, Canadian Context, Wesleyan Practices, and Independent Design.


Who to Contact

Wanda M. Coleman wcoleman@ashland.edu 419-289-5174