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Doctor of Ministry

Deepen your practice of ministry with a doctorate.

Our fully accredited, Doctor of Ministry program for religious professionals is designed to help you:

  • Grow spiritually
  • Lead with inspiration and insight
  • Inquire deeply through study and research
  • Engage in rich dialogue with renowned faculty and engaged colleagues from many faith traditions.

Now offered at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster and Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem.

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Flexible and Innovative

Our Doctor of Ministry is designed to fit your busy schedule. The hybrid program offers convenient online learning combined with five-day, on-campus intensives in the fall and spring.

Here’s what it takes

Our DMin is a 30-credit degree program. You can finish in four years or choose the accelerated program to get your doctorate in three years. The program integrates theological reflection with your ongoing practice of ministry, provides opportunities to learn with and from peers, and blends convenient online coursework with powerful on-campus intensive courses one week each term.

Admission requirements

  • Accredited Master of Divinity degree, ministry related or religious studies master’s degree;
  • Significant ministerial experience (usually 3-5 years);
  • The ability to thoughtfully interpret scripture and theological tradition;
  • The ability to articulate a self-understanding of  ministerial identity and vocational calling.

Courses that reflect contemporary realities

Our courses are timely and relevant, driven by questions the Church and the world are asking. Combined with the deep learning at the heart of our rich academic heritage, you will be prepared for the challenges of contemporary religious engagement.

The DMin program offers you a rare and valuable opportunity to engage with others on the big questions:

  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How wide is God's mercy?
  • What is the nature of power?
  • What is needed for human flourishing?

Exciting core courses:

  • Listening as an Act of Love
  • America's Changing Religious Landscape
  • Developing Leaders and Cultivating Partnerships
  • Major Project Proposal Preparation

Dynamic electives:

  • Theological Improv
  • Forming Faith in an Internet World
  • Grief & Trauma Informed Ministry
  • What Happens When All Are Welcome?
  • Sustaining Spiritual Life in the 21st Century
  • Where Theology & Strategic Planning Meet
  • Social Justice & Faith Communities