Frequently Asked Questions: Doctor Of Ministry Program

Why should I do a Doctor of Ministry Program?

Through Wesley Theological Seminary's Doctor of Ministry program, your ongoing practice of ministry will be enhanced and expanded by outstanding faculty, diverse student cohorts, and unique educational tracks, all in the distinctive setting of Washington, D.C. Through interactive classes, engaging dialogue, and relevant thesis projects, you will be acquainted with current trends and issues in the theological disciplines, encouraged to integrate these theological disciplines in your practice of ministry, equipped to add to the church's knowledge about the practice of ministry, and provided with the opportunity to establish lasting collegial ties with other Doctor of Ministry students.

What are tracks?

A Doctor of Ministry track is a specialized program of study designed to meet the specific ministry needs and goals for a cohort of students. A cohort, or track, has a maximum of 20 students who share an interest in the particular area of study. Past and present tracks include Urban Ministry, Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue, Church Leadership Excellence; The Arts and Theology; Spirituality and Story; Soul Care, Chaplains, and Clinicians; Military Chaplains; Missional Evangelism; Life Together: Spirituality for Transforming Community; Wesley and the Poor; Campus Ministries; Preaching for the 21st Century; and Spiritual Leadership for the Global Church: the Asian Track.

View our tracks page here.

How long is the D.Min. program?

The Doctor of Ministry program normally requires 3½ years to complete. Students must complete the degree within 6 years.

When are classes offered?

Doctor of Ministry classes are offered on our campus during Intensive Terms in January and May. Each class is one week's duration, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Online classes are offered in the fall and spring semesters for current Doctor of Ministry students.

Beginning in 2015, selected core classes for each track will be offered online. See specific tracks for the schedule of these classes.

What is an Intensive Term?

Because the Doctor of Ministry program is designed for full-time pastors, classes are offered in one-week time periods: 2 weeks in January and 2 weeks in May for a total of 4 classes per year. Reading lists for courses are posted on the website approximately 3 months before the intensive term. Students are expected to complete all reading and any pre-class assignments before the first day of class. A post-class assignment, generally a 15-20 page paper, is due 6 weeks after the end of the intensive term.

Online classes follow a different timeline and will be scheduled during the spring and fall semesters.

How many classes do I take?

The Doctor of Ministry program requires 10 classes: 8 core classes, including Project Seminar, and 2 electives. Core classes are specific to each track. Elective credits may be earned through elective courses offered at Wesley during our Doctor of Ministry terms, online classes offered in the doctoral program, transfer of doctoral level credit from an institution accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, study trips -or courses- offered by Wesley Seminary, seminars at the G. Douglass Lewis Center for Church Leadership, or Washington Theological Consortium courses.

Can I take classes from different tracks?

Students are required to take all 8 core classes in their track. Students may receive permission to use a core class from another track as one of their electives. Normally core classes are closed to students from other tracks; however, exceptions may be made with approval from the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

How much does the D.Min. program cost?

The Doctor of Ministry program will cost approximately $18,500 for tuition and fees.

  • The program requires a total of 30 credit hours; each course is 3 credits. Tuition for the 2014-2015 year is $568 per credit hour.
  • Fees include a $53 facilities fee for each intensive term and a $250 Reader's fee which is charged to students when they are assigned a faculty reader for their D.Min. Project Paper.

Additional costs are for housing, meals, and travel.

  • Books are estimated at $150 per course.
  • On-campus housing is approximately $350 per week.

View our tuition and financing page here.

Is housing available?

Limited dormitory-style housing is available for Doctor of Ministry students during the January and May intensive terms. Students request housing during the DMin Housing Application Window for each term; rooms are then assigned on a first-come basis. The housing office will assist students with suggestions of other accommodations if necessary.

View our housing page here.

What is required for admission to the program?

Applicants must hold a Master of Divinity or equivalent degree from a seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, and must have completed 3 years of ministry experience prior to entering the Doctor of Ministry program. Admission is based on academic achievement as well as the Seminary's ability to meet the applicant's goals. GPA should be 3.0 or better at the Master of Divinity level.

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