Doctor of Ministry Program South University

Doctor of Ministry Program South University


For students who've been thinking about how to take their ministries to the next level, South University's new Doctor of Ministry (DMin ) program strives to provide the knowledge and skills needed to meet growing challenges and opportunities of ministry with greater impact. Through foundational and advanced ministry studies courses led by qualified and experienced professors, students of all faith traditions prepare to serve and lead more effectively in a variety of settings including local churches, parachurch organizations, institutions, the community, and the marketplace. Courses are taught in a blended format, combining the best of conveniently scheduled classroom and online instruction to form a robust and interactive learning environment. South University offers the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) for students with bachelor's degrees.That means you can enter the Doctor of Ministry program without first pursuing a master's level degree, but for students who have completed a Master of Divinity or a Master of Arts degree in biblical, theological, and/or ministry studies, the shorter Advanced Track is an available option. The Doctor of Ministry program through South University is available online and at the following campus locations: - Cleveland, OH - Columbia, SC - Montgomery, AL - Novi, MI - Savannah, GA - West Palm Beach, FL

Program Information

The Doctor of Ministry degree program at South University is a 96 credit program and is designed to be a professional degree to prepare ministry practitioners to seek vocational or bi-vocational ministry. 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. The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree program at South University equips ministry practitioners to provide ministry leadership and spiritual care in the following roles: - Pastors, ministry staff members, 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

Program Objectives

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

  • Articulate a biblically informed and theologically reasoned understanding of the helping relationship that is 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.

Program Overview

The Standard Track of the DMin degree program is designed for students seeking to prepare for vocational or bi-vocational ministry. 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 have the opportunity to gain lifelong learning skills that will enable them to continue their personal, intellectual, and professional growth. The Advanced Track of the DMin degree program is designed for students who have completed a graduate degree or a significant amount of coursework in biblical, theological, and ministry studies, and who are currently engaged in vocational ministry. Students in the Advanced Track can further develop their understanding of the nature and purpose of ministry, enhance their ministry skills, and continue their growth in spiritual maturity. Opportunities to pursue Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) are a unique feature of the DMin degree program. CPE Level 1 or Level 2 fulfills the ministry practicum requirement; students who have completed CPE Level 2 may elect to use Supervisory CPE for their final projects if they have been accepted into a program. See for program duration; tuition, fees, and other costs; median debt; federal salary data; alumni success; and other important information.

Programs, credential levels, technology and scheduling options vary by campus and are subject to change. Administrative office: South University, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805 ©2014 South University. The email address is



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