Doctor of Ministry
The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree is an interdisciplinary advanced degree designed to enhance the practice of ministry in urban multicultural settings. The DMin is a flexible non-resident program. Courses are taught in one-week intensives, typically offered in January and June. Additionally, students have access to the rich resources available throughout the academic year at ABSW and its partner institutions.
The D.Min. typically requires no less than three years or more than six years for completion.
Through this program students will become acquainted with a wealth of culturally-relevant resources and with professors from the academy and the church who teach primarily for the American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW) and Graduate Theological Union (GTU).
The successful student will acquire the skills necessary to integrate theory and praxis essential for effective transformational leadership in the twenty-first century. Furthermore, participants are placed in cohort groups that foster and maintain collegiality.
DMin students develop expertise in areas such as:
- Transformational Leadership
- Prophetic Preaching
- Womanist Theological Approaches
- Urban Ministry
- Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Social Justice and Action
- Multicultural Ministries … and more
Within the first two years, D.Min. students will be required to take the following courses:
Seminar: Critical Interpretation & Project Development I 3 units
Seminar: Critical Interpretation & Project Development II 3 units
Leadership in Urban Communities 3 units
Advanced Electives 15 units (based on student’s specialization)
Total Course Requirements 24 units
The program will culminate in the third year with the writing and oral defense of a dissertation.
Dissertation 6 units
Total Degree Requirements 30 units
Qualifications for Admission to Doctor of Ministry Program:
Master of Divinity Degree or equivalent from accredited seminary or university, with a minimum of 3.0 GPA
A minimum of three years of ministry experience and present engagement in ministry
Completed Application form and supporting materials