Doctor of Ministry

Advanced Degree Program

Learning for Leadership

A Nashotah House Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is a professional degree designed for those engaged in full-time, fruitful ministry who seek a deeper engagement with biblical, historical, and theological reflection with an eye toward direct and practical application in the lives of those under their spiritual care.

Guided and supervised by resident and affiliate faculty, the DMin project is introduced via a week-long residential doctoral seminar. Students are taught research methodology and guided in designing a study which creatively engages contemporary culture with spiritual principles, toward the goal of spiritual growth and enhanced ministry leadership for all engaged in the project. The 30-credit DMin program normally requires four to six years to complete.


Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Doctor of Ministry degree program will normally:

  • Hold an MDiv degree or an equivalent theological degree from a theological seminary accredited by the ATS with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Be in good standing in an ordained or professional ministry in the church body of their affiliation
  • Have at least three years of effective, full-time service in that ministry

For applicants lacking the MDiv prerequisite, prior seminary-level study with a minimum of 72 credits including the following:

  • 15 credits of biblical studies
  • 12 credits of church history and/or historical theology
  • 12 credits of systematic theology and/or moral theology
  • 12 semester hour credits in courses focusing on practical, ministry-related skills such as: Pastoral Theology, Liturgics, Homiletics, Christian Spirituality, Supervised Ministry, Clinical Pastoral Education, etc.
  • 21 additional semester hour credits in any of the categories above 
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Program Highlights

  • Classes meet in one-week residential intensive sessions in summer and winter terms, during which time students are immersed in the beauty and community of Nashotah House: twice daily worship, shared meals, challenging academics, and warm collegiality. The remainder of the coursework is completed online and/or in the student’s ministry context.
  • Access to all Frances Donaldson Library resources: 110,000 print volumes, 50,000 e-books, and millions of digital journal articles.
  • Editing assistance available prior to presentation of the project and publication of written dissertation, if desired.

Degree Plan

Doctor of Ministry

30 Credits

3 Credits
Doctoral Seminar (Methodology)
18 Credits - 800 Level
Interdisciplinary Electives
3 Credits
DMin Project Proposal (Supervised)
3 Credits
DMin Project Research
3 Credits
DMin Project Writing
DMin Project
Oral Presentation
A portrait of Mtr. Elizabeth Papazoglakis

“I chose to enroll in the DMin program at Nashotah House because of the excellent standards that Nashotah House has always maintained.”

Mtr. Elizabeth Papazoglakis

DMin ‘20