The Doctor of Ministry is a professional doctorate offering students advanced theological and pastoral formation for competent and effective pastoral ministry. Candidates choose one of three concentrations: Evangelization, Liturgical Catechesis, and Spirituality. The D.Min. degree program uses a blended learning model over 15 weeks each year for three years. Students take three courses concurrently and participate in a summer two-week on-campus residency.
Completion of a 1,000-2,000 word statement of purpose briefly presenting a history of the applicant's academic, pastoral, and vocational background; his/her purpose for undertaking doctoral of ministry studies in spirituality; and his/her ministerial goals as they relate to spirituality.
Three letters of recommendation, one of which testifies to the applicant's personal aptitude for, as well as interest in and motivation for, the field of spirituality. The other two letters, typically from former professors, must specifically attest to the applicant's ability to complete doctoral studies.
10 courses are taken over a three year period (30 credit hours): Seven courses (21 credit hours) are core courses; three courses (9 credit hours) are spirituality concentration courses.
One of the seven core courses is the D.Min. Seminar, that is taken after completing 18 credit hours of coursework. The course is completely online. The purpose of the seminar is to complete a draft of the D.Min. proposal and develop skills for doing research.
Three courses are taken each year during the Spring/Summer D.Min. semester and include a two-week residency at the end of May or beginning of June.