Meet Dustin White and learn how he is integrating his Doctor of Ministry with ministry context.

Doctor of Ministry

Advancing the Kingdom with an advanced degree

The Doctor of Ministry from Ashland is a terminal degree (32 semester hours + a project) 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. This program will allow you to improve practical expertise beyond your MDIV or equivalent degree. Cohorts include Transformational Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Black Church Studies, Chaplaincy and Independent Design.

Admission Requirements for the Doctor of Ministry Program

  • A Master of Divinity degree from an Association of Theological Schools accredited seminary or university, or its equivalent.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 = A) in all graduate work.
  • Current involvement in a ministry context (pastoring, teaching, missions work, administration of a Christian organization, therapeutic ministries, etc.)
  • At least three years of ministry experience, usually (but not always) experienced after receiving the M.Div.*

*Students not having the M.Div. but who do hold a master’s degree in another theological degree program may qualify by taking pre-doctor of ministry courses.

Ask Us About Our Contextual Learning Experience

Ashland Theological Seminary’s DMIN program uses a contextual model of learning that is dependent upon the student’s participation in and reflection upon their own ministry, from integrative projects and case studies to applying theory into practice.

Final Project

For the final project, students apply what they have learned to a ministry task in their local context (including both the nature and practice of ministry). This is the culmination of the Doctor of Ministry experience in which the ideas and applications of the program are measured and evaluated. The project will reflect careful planning, theological reflection, purposeful implementation, and appropriate assessment.

Areas of Study

Black Church Studies

To develop quality leaders for the Black Church in the 21st century through quality academic reflection in the primary disciplines of Bible, theology, ethics, church history, spiritual formation, and practical ministry, as well as the opportunity to engage the best African American academicians and practitioners of our time. Ask us how.

Independent Design

To give students greater flexibility in the area of elective courses as they can choose certain courses that fit best for their ministry. Ask us how.

Transformational Leadership

To equip students with the competencies to deal with the realities of leadership as they seek to position the church for renewal that will result in profound change. Ask us how.


To equip chaplains and aspiring chaplains with the knowledge and pre-requisite skill sets to minister effectively in the pluralistic context of institutional ministry and to qualify for a professional chaplaincy job. Ask us how.

Spiritual Formation

To establish Christian spiritual formation as the fountainhead for Christian discipleship and ministry. The student will emerge from the program with a commitment to the foundational roles of Scripture and Christian community in healthy spiritual formation, and will engage in spiritual formation as the locus of practical ministry in a post-modern context. Ask us how.

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!

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Who to Contact

Dawn Morton, Ed.D. 419-560-2468