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Doctor of Ministry

The Online Doctor of Ministry degree at South University offers both a Standard Track and Advanced Track option. The program helps to develop a student’s understanding of the nature and purpose of ministry, enhance the student’s competencies in ministry skills, and promote the student’s growth in spiritual maturity. Foundational courses provide an introduction and overview to the various disciplines required for effective ministry leadership. Ministry skills courses, advanced ministry studies courses, and the final project further integrates biblical and theological perspectives into the practice of ministry. Students will also gain lifelong learning skills that will enable them to continue their personal, intellectual and professional growth.

Program Tracks

Standard Track: If you have a bachelor’s degree and you’re just getting started in the ministry, the online DMin program’s Standard Track may be right for you. You’ll start with foundational courses that introduce you to the various disciplines required for effective ministry leadership. Then, through ministry skills courses, advanced ministry studies, and a final project, you’ll explore and refine techniques for integrating biblical and theological perspectives into your practice of ministry.

Advanced Track: If you’re already active in the ministry and have completed a related graduate degree or significant coursework in biblical, theological, and ministry studies, you may be eligible to earn your doctorate in less time with the online DMin program’s Advanced Track. In this track, you’ll take a shorter path through the ministry study and skills courses, eventually tackling your final project before completing your degree.

Transfer credit is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. South University offers no guarantee that credit earned at another institution will be accepted into a program of study offered by South University.

Course Requirements

Doctor of Ministry Standard Track: 96 Credits
Orientation: 8 Credits
MIN7000 Learning Skills for Ministry, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7001 Academic Writing, 4 Credit Hours
Foundation: 28 Credits
MIN7010 Biblical Interpretation, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7011 Old Testament Context and Theology, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7012 New Testament Context and Theology, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7020 Theology Survey, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7040 World Religions, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7050 Christian Spiritual Formation, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7060 Diversity in Ministry, 4 Credit Hours
Ministry Skills: 28 Credits
MIN7051 Community and Discipleship, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7061 Leadership and Management in Ministry, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7062 Communication Skills for Ministry, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7063 Conflict Mediation and Reconciliation, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7080 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling, 4 Credit Hours
Choose one of the following sequences:
MIN7590 Ministry Practicum I, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7690 Ministry Practicum II, 4 Credit Hours

Or

MIN7591 Clinical Pastoral Education, Level 1A, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7691 Clinical Pastoral Education, Level 1B, 4 Credit Hours

Or

MIN7592 Clinical Pastoral Education, Level 2A, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7692 Clinical Pastoral Education, Level 2B, 4 Credit Hours
Advanced Ministry Study: 20 Credits
MIN7560 Person and Practice of Ministry, 4 Credit Hours

Choose four additional courses from the following:

MIN7110 Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Health and Wholeness, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7160 Ministry in the Local Church, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7161 Ministry in Institutional Settings, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7181 Lifespan Development, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7561 Theology, Death and Dying, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7562 Homiletics, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7563 Ministry with Disabled Persons, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7565 Principles and Practice of Worship, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7580 Ministry with Families, 4 Credit Hours
Final Project 12 credits
MIN7500 Theology and Research in Ministry, 4 Credit Hours
Choose one of the following sequences:

Dissertation

MIN8000 Dissertation I, 4 Credit Hours
MIN8100 Dissertation I Extension A, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8200 Dissertation I Extension B, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8300 Dissertation I Extension C, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8010 Dissertation II, 4 Credit Hours
MIN8110 Dissertation II Extension A, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8210 Dissertation II Extension B, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8310 Dissertation II Extension C, 0 Credit Hours

Or

Ministry Project

MIN8001 Ministry Project I, 4 Credit Hours
MIN8101 Ministry Project I Extension A, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8201 Ministry Project I Extension B, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8301 Ministry Project I Extension C, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8011 Ministry Project II, 4 Credit Hours
MIN8111 Ministry Project II Extension A, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8211 Ministry Project II Extension B, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8311 Ministry Project II Extension C, 0 Credit Hours

Or

Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education

MIN8002 Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education I, 4 Credit Hours
MIN8102 Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education I Extension A, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8202 Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education I Extension B, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8302 Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education I Extension C, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8012 Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education II, 4 Credit Hours
MIN8112 Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education II Extension A, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8212 Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education II Extension B, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8312 Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education II Extension C, 0 Credit Hours

*Opportunities to pursue Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) are a unique feature of the D.Min. program. CPE Level I or Level II fulfills the ministry practicum requirement; students who have completed CPE Level II (4 credit hours) may elect to use Supervisory CPE for their final project if they have been accepted into a supervisory clinical pastoral education program.

Doctor of Ministry Advanced Track: 96 Credits

Advanced standing credit is determined based on student's previous college work providing 56 credit hours of transfer credit.

Advanced Standing Credit: 56 Credits
Orientation: 8 Credits
MIN7000 Learning Skills for Ministry, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7001 Academic Writing, 4 Credit Hours
Foundation: 4 Credits
MIN7060 Diversity in Ministry, 4 Credit Hours
Ministry Skills: 4 Credits
MIN7063 Conflict Mediation and Reconciliation, 4 Credit Hours
Advanced Ministry Study: 12 Credits
MIN7560 Person and Practice of Ministry, 4 Credit Hours

Electives

Choose two electives from the following:

MIN7110 Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Health and Wholeness, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7160 Ministry in the Local Church, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7161 Ministry in Institutional Settings, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7181 Lifespan Development, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7561 Theology, Death and Dying, 4 Credit Hours
MIN7563 Ministry with Disabled Persons, 4 Credit Hours
Final Project: 12 Credits
MIN7500 Theology and Research in Ministry, 4 Credit Hours
Choose one of the following sequences:

Dissertation

MIN8000 Dissertation I, 4 Credit Hours
MIN8100 Dissertation I Extension A, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8200 Dissertation I Extension B, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8300 Dissertation I Extension C, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8010 Dissertation II, 4 Credit Hours
MIN8110 Dissertation II Extension A, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8210 Dissertation II Extension B, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8310 Dissertation II Extension C, 0 Credit Hours

OR

Ministry Project

MIN8001 Ministry Project I, 4 Credit Hours
MIN8101 Ministry Project I Extension A, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8201 Ministry Project I Extension B, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8301 Ministry Project I Extension C, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8011 Ministry Project II, 4 Credit Hours
MIN8111 Ministry Project II Extension A, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8211 Ministry Project II Extension B, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8311 Ministry Project II Extension C, 0 Credit Hours

Or

Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education

MIN8002 Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education I, 4 Credit Hours
MIN8102 Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education I Extension A, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8202 Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education I Extension B, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8302 Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education I Extension C, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8012 Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education II, 4 Credit Hours
MIN8112 Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education II Extension A, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8212 Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education II Extension B, 0 Credit Hours
MIN8312 Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education II Extension C, 0 Credit Hours

*Opportunities to pursue Clinical Pastoral Education are a unique feature of the D.Min. program. CPE Level 1 or Level 2 fulfills the ministry practicum requirement; students who have completed CPE Level 2 (4 units) may elect to use Supervisory CPE for their final project if they have been accepted into a program.

Note(s):

This online program may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Outcomes

The DMin program will prepare ministry professionals who, using leadership and collaboration, will:

  • Articulate a biblically informed and theologically reasoned understanding of the helping relationship that are consistent with the student’s faith tradition and the needs of the student’s chosen ministry setting.
  • Explain the nature of the ministry setting and exhibit a commitment to its ethical and professional expectations.
  • Display knowledge of the nature and causes of interpersonal conflict and strategies to resolve disputes and achieve resolution and reconciliation among parties in ministry settings.
  • Formulate an awareness of the diversity found in ministry, and an ability to work effectively with differences of religious beliefs (or none), denominational differences, racial and ethnic differences, and gender differences.
  • Acquire the specific skills required for competent practice of ministry in a variety of settings.

Career Outlook

The online DMin program equips you to offer leadership and spiritual care in the following roles:

  • Pastors, ministry staff, and lay ministers in local churches/parishes.
  • Program staff leaders in parachurch organizations.
  • Chaplains and spiritual care coordinators in a variety of institutional settings.
  • Program staff leaders in non-profit service agencies, community development, advocacy and justice ministries.
  • Social entrepreneurs pursuing business as mission, and commercial and industrial chaplaincy.

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Read more about online requirements here

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