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ACADEMIC DEGREES

A full offering of accredited academic programs taught by experts in their field is core to our ministry training.

DMin
Doctor of Ministry
DEGREE
30
HOURS TO COMPLETE
3-4
AVERAGE NO. OF YEARS
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The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program further equips pastors and other ministry leaders through a cohort-based learning model in which students learn with and from other seasoned ministry practitioners in the context of trusted peer relationships under the guidance of experienced faculty mentors. The program helps participants fully integrate scholarship with practice through seminar settings which offer thought-provoking, in-depth exploration of real-life ministry issues and challenges.  Cohorts meet for two-week intensive periods over the course of three years, resulting in a practically oriented DMin dissertation the final year. The DMin incorporates research into the means of sustaining pastoral excellence as developed by the Seminary’s Center for Ministry Leadership.

Cohorts are formed around specific ministry themes or topics based on the interests of participants and the areas of expertise of particular faculty mentors. Standing cohorts—groups focused on topics of perennial interest—are usually offered on a three-year rotating basis and include such themes as preaching, worship, counseling, and advanced ministry practice. Currently in development are groups with emphases on leadership, spiritual formation, church and culture, and the Korean-American pastorate.  It is possible to start a new cohort if none exists to address the topic that interests you. However, this requires careful planning, coordination, and the development of a detailed cohort proposal. Please talk with the DMin Director for more information.

Preparation for DMin residencies include completing assigned readings ahead of time so that you arrive on campus ready to interact in a meaningful way with the material and your fellow cohort members and facilitator(s). Following each residency, you will complete a ministry project that integrates classroom learning with ministry practice, resulting in a 35–60-page report due six months after the residency. The program culminates in a DMin project/dissertation that demonstrates your ability to build an adequate bridge between theological scholarship and ministry practice by handling a significant pastoral concern in a creative and meaningful way through a careful integration of exegesis, theological insight, and an understanding of contemporary social contexts.

The DMin is designed primarily for pastors currently engaged in ministry and who hold an MDiv degree. The program can also benefit others who serve in a variety of ordained or non-ordained ministry roles, such as worship leaders, leaders of men’s or women’s ministries, leaders of youth or children’s ministries, executive pastors/directors, and others. Men and women who serve in such positions and hold a master’s-level degree but not an MDiv may apply to the program under the MDiv Equivalency Provision (requirements include 72 credit hours of coursework and a two-part portfolio reflecting both the student's non-formal continuing education experiences and experience in ministry practice).

Participation in the DMin program is dependent upon acceptance following an Admissions evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications or MDiv equivalency, the availability of a particular cohort and faculty mentor, and the approval of the DMin committee.

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DEGREE DESCRIPTION

Master of Divinity
The newly revised MDiv is our primary ministry training program, designed to ground students in the disciplines required for pastoral and other vocational ministry by engaging the whole person through rigorous academics, on-campus community life, and expanded opportunities for real-life ministry alongside experienced local pastors and ministry leaders—while also being more streamlined and affordable.
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93
Credit Hours
3-4
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Minimum 2.25 undergradate GPA required. Prior study of biblical languages encouraged but not required. Working knowledge of Bible content strongly encouraged; helpful Bible content resources available for preparatory study.
Master of Arts in Counseling
The MAC prepares students to work as licensed counselors, whether in public or church-related settings, and also prepares them for further study.
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64
Credit Hours
3
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
3.0 undergraduate GPA. Application must be complete by January 31. An on-campus interview must be complete by February 28. Generally, incoming students begin in Fall term.
Master of Theology
The ThM degree, an advanced preparation program, provides Master of Divinity graduates the opportunity for further study in areas of particular interest.
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30
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Successful completion of MDiv degree (including Greek and Hebrew study) or its educational equivalent with at least a 3.1 GPA required. Thesis or writing project required.
Doctor of Ministry
The DMin program further equips pastors and other ministry leaders through a cohort-based learning model in which students learn with and from other seasoned ministry practitioners in the context of trusted peer relationships under the guidance of experienced faculty mentors.
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30
Credit Hours
3-4
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Admissions approval of DMin committee. MDiv or MA GPA of 3.1.
Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology
The MAET is an academic and research degree that prepares students pursuing academic leadership for advanced study at the doctoral level, usually in either the Old or New Testaments.
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60
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
3.0 undergradate GPA. Prior Greek and Hebrew study is encouraged. Thesis required for graduation. Remedial coursework may be required for students weak in Bible knowledge.
Master of Arts in Educational Ministries
The MAEM integrates classroom theory with practical application of biblical and educational principles to meet the need for theologically equipped ministry leaders in diverse ministry settings.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts in Religion and Cultures
The MARC prepares students for cross-cultural ministry with a focus on city and/or international ministry in light of globalization, urbanization, and religious pluralism.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts (Theological Studies)
The MATS trains students biblically and theologically to bring an informed Christian perspective to their world and their callings.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts in Worship and Music
The MAWM shapes students for ministry through understanding, planning, and leading gospel-centered worship.
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48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA. Musical proficiency.
Graduate Certificate
The GC provides biblical and theological training that equips lay people to bring an informed Christian perspective to a variety of callings and non-ordained ministries.
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20
Credit Hours
1
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.