Doctor of Theological Ministry

Degree Description

The Doctor of Theological Ministry (DTM) is a professional doctoral degree designed to equip current ministers for advanced ministerial practice through applied theological instruction for ministry in a selected area of concentration.

The degree is designed to deepen the student’s capacity for service and leadership within their self-selected context and area(s) of ministry, through rigorous academics, interpersonal growth via intensive seminars with colleagues from diverse backgrounds, and personal and professional growth. Ministry leaders engage in an intentional reflective community of learning where ministry issues and opportunities are seen in light of Bible, theology, culture and our shared focus of Christ’s mission.

The program is a non-residential modular degree, allowing students to maintain their ministry and life in their local context. During intensive course weeks, faculty and one’s colleagues in ministry studies provide insight, raise questions and facilitate dialogue which leads to fresh ministry responses in each person’s ministerial context.

Admissions Requirements

Unlike the Doctor of Ministry program, the DTM is open to students with a Master of Arts theological degree within a cognate field related to the student’s selected area of Concentration from an accredited school. The Office of Admissions and the DTM Program Director will evaluate MA transcripts to assess whether the applicant has completed suitable academic coursework to provide a foundation for advanced study in the DTM program. Applicants must have earned an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. Applicants should normally have served in a full-time ministry position for at least three (3) years prior to applying to the DTM program. It is expected that applicants are involved in vocational Christian ministry during the time they are enrolled in the degree program.

Degree Requirements

The DTM program requires the completion of 52 quarter-hours of study. Students engage in 3 core seminars, 4 seminars within their area of concentration, 1 interdisciplinary seminar, 3 modules of professional development, and the development of a ministry action culminating in a written thesis.

  • 3 Core Seminars12 quarter hours
    • Becoming Doctors of the Church
    • Biblical and Theological Method
    • Thesis Design
  • 4 Concentration Seminars16 quarter hours
  • 1 Interdisciplinary Seminar4 quarter hours
  • 3 Professional Development Modules12 quarter hours
    • E.g., Conference, Trip, or Independent Study
  • Thesis Project, Research, and Writing – 8 quarter hours

Concentrations Offered

Christian Community Development


New Testament Context
New Cohort begins Summer 2021

Contextual Theology 
Next Cohort will begin 2022

Program Completion Time

The DTM program is designed to be completed in four (4) years. It may be completed in a minimum of three (3) years or at a maximum of six (6) years. Occasionally a student will need more time to complete program requirements. At the end of the sixth year a program extension must be requested through the DMin Committee. A Program Continuation Fee of $1,250 will be charged annually at the start of the seventh year. The outer limit for completion of the program is ten years.

Course Format

Each course is offered in a one-week intensive format.

Pre-Course Work

Prior to each intensive course, students complete reading, reflection and the development of projects/papers through which learning is applied to one’s own ministerial context. Participants bring a variety of individual ministry issues to the course. Each course is designed with this in mind so readings and assignments allow for flexibility in terms of personal focus.

Intensive Week

Class sessions involve engagement of heart, intellect and of issues of practical implementation. The goal is to create a community of faith, learning and support. During class weeks participants engage in reflection, critique of learning, and the development of action plans for responding in new ways to issues and opportunities in ministry.

Post-Course Work

Following each intensive week, students complete reflective assignments, often leading to further research and study in order to faithfully implement new ministry action within one’s ministerial context.

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