Doctor of Ministry Online Degree Programs

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Church leaders, missionaries, and other faith-based workers looking to advance their ministry effectiveness can now consider a Doctor of Ministry online. Many D.Min. programs have been distance-based for quite some time. What is changing is the possibility of completing a 100% online D.Min.: no travels, only online studies that will enhance your present ministry context when it is convenient for your schedule. At present we found fifteen online and hybrid online/traditional D.Min. programs that we profile for you below, some of which are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. Others are accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, and some are just regionally accredited. All are eligible for federal student aid. Expect more of these convenient Doctor of Ministry programs online to emerge in the next few years. 

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For entry into most of these programs your ability to express yourself in words must match your faith in this ministerial path. It is highly recommended that you secure at least three appropriate people who can wisely present the best variety of your experience to complement your own written presentation of your future. 

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Most of these programs have a pilgrimage, senior project or dissertationfor you to fulfill. Some may not necessarily be the choice for LGBTQ, while others strongly proclaim that direction of the calling. Every one among the programs that follow have an academic and research tradition that provides you with libraries and faculty resources to support your path to ministry. 

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Please note that Doctorate in Ministry differs significantly from the PhD in Theology, the first is a very practical real-world problem solving kind of degree and the second being more research-based and academically-oriented. Most of the following programs have been developing cohort-structured distance learning programs to emulate the experience of the in-person student training. Most of these programs will have the necessary hurdles most doctoral programs require to reach candidacy and graduate, though the process has grown increasingly sympathetic to contemporary pressures and rigors and expectations. 

 

All tuition numbers come from the university webpages. Some were back calculated from total or yearly tuition as hourly numbers were not available in some cases. 

Online D.Min. Offerings

Regent University School of Divinity

Doctor of Ministry Online

Accreditation: Association of Theological Schools’ Commission on Accrediting

Affiliation: Interdenominational Evangelical 

Hourly Tuition Rate: $650

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Regent University was founded in 1977 by televangelist Pat Robertson, as the Christian Broadcasting Network University. It came to its present name in 1990. Regent’s D.Min. online is targeted to a broad range of servants of the church, including preachers, chaplains, counselors, missionaries, and parachurch leaders. You will be able to choose between the 100% online D.Min. option and the mostly online D.Min. plus limited residency. This Doctor of Ministry online is also convenient in that it offers six different start dates throughout the year, and most complete the 36 credit hours in three to five years. Choose one of these concentrations in the fully online DMin program are Regent University: Christian Leadership and Renewal, Clinical Pastoral Education, Community Transformation, Military Ministry, and Ministry Leadership Coaching. 

 

 

Bethel Seminary of Bethel University

Doctor of Ministry Online

Accreditation: Association of Theological Schools’ Commission on Accrediting

Affiliation: Converge – formerly, the Baptist General Conference

Hourly Tuition Rate: $420

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Bethel Seminary was the first to be accredited for a 100% online D.Min. program, aiming to train transformational leaders and scholars in a convenient way. Choose one of five different concentrations depending on your ministry setting and future goals: Biblical and Theological Engagement, Church Leadership, Congregation and Family Care, Missional Effectiveness, and Servant Leadership. Also choose one of two program delivery options for the Bethel Seminary of Bethel University D.Min. online: fully online or online with campus intensives.

 

Liberty University Online

Doctor of Ministry Online

Accreditation: Association of Theological Schools’ Commission on Accrediting

Affiliation: Baptist 

Hourly Tuition Rate: $395

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Founded by televangelist Jerry Falwell, Liberty University features an online doctorate of ministry that is a 30 hour program that can be completed in two years on average. The degree can be pursued in a 100% online fashion. There are 14 specializations available, including: urban ministry, worship, spiritual formation, discipleship, and chaplaincy. Students can transfer in up to half of the needed credits from previous graduate study. This school allows applications from students without an MDiv. 

 

Northeastern Seminary

Doctor of Ministry Online

Accreditation: Association of Theological Schools’ Commission on A crediting

Affiliation: Independent and Multi-Denominational

Hourly Tuition Rate: $552.75

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The online doctorate of ministry at Northeastern Seminary can be accomplished with a brief residency component occurring in Rochester, NY. The degree is  34 credit hours in length. Three specializations are offered with Northeastern Seminary’s online doctorate in ministry : scripture, spirituality, and leadership. This program culminates in a dissertation and asks that applicants submit all transcripts, but does not specify a degree they need to have achieved to apply. 

 

Luther Rice College and Seminary

Doctor of Ministry Online

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) and The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)

Affiliation: Baptist

Hourly Tuition Rate: $377

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Luther Rice College and Seminary has a 30 credit program for their online doctorate of ministry offering. Four one week long courses are required on campus and the rest of the program is fully online. No specializations are offered by the Luther Rice College and Seminary online DMin program. For entry into this program you will need to write two pages that convey experience balanced with appropriate levels of ministerial duties and related duties. You should convey skillfully your professional and incontrovertible Christian qualifications.

Beulah Heights University

Doctor of Ministry Online 

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) and The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)

Affiliation: Christian Interdenominational

Hourly Tuition Rate: $1,139.50

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36 credit hours in length, the online doctorate of ministry at Beulah Heights University allows up to nine hours to be transferred into the program. The school utilizes a fifteen week course structure. The eighth week of each course of the core portion is a required on-site residency. Small class sizes and reasonable tuition are the hallmarks of the Beulah Heights University online DMin degree. This school does not require an MDiv for application purposes. International students will have additional admission requirements. 

 

Drew University 

Doctor of Ministry Online 

Accreditation: Association of Theological Schools’ Commission on Accrediting

Affiliation: United Methodist 

Hourly Tuition Rate: $690

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Drew University is offering five concentrations: courageous leadership in a changing culture; Bible, theology and leadership in the Korean context; faith, health, and social equity; pilgrimage and spirituality; and women’s religious leadership, the Drew University DMin online approaches the topic multiculturally. 30 credits make up the program, 18 hours of coursework, and 12 hours of research. By the time you graduate, you will have heightened your awareness and built strategies to aid and inspire the disadvantaged and the desperate. The admissions process here includes an application and an interview, and it can be as simple as that. 

 

Clarks Summit University

Doctor of Ministry Online 

Accreditation: Association for Biblical Higher Education

Affiliation: Baptist

Hourly Tuition Rate: $645

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Clarks Summit Univeristy’s online doctorate of ministry comprises thirty hours of graduate study with Bible exposition; ministry; and pastoral tracks available. Dissertation and mentorship are the two defining structures of this program. Tuition discounts are available to qualified students. This degree can be completed in five to seven years. Each term begins with a one week on campus module followed by 12 weeks of online study. Seven start dates a year are scheduled by the Clarks Summit University DMin online program. Some classes offered completely online and some have the aforementioned one week on campus component. Students can transfer in up to nine credit hours to this program.

 

Catholic University of America

Doctor of Ministry Online 

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Affiliation: Catholic

Hourly Tuition Rate: $830

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Evangelization; seminary formation; liturgical catechesis; and spirituality are the four specializations offered by the Catholic University of America’s online DMin degree. This 30 hour program contains nine hours in specialization. Classes run between April 1 and July 15 for three years. Three weeks in June are spent on campus and attendance is mandatory. All other study in the online doctorate of ministry from the Catholic University of America is conducted online. This is a 42 credit program that calls for a doctoral project to be proposed, approved, and completed prior to graduation. 

 

Boston University

Doctor of Ministry Online 

Accreditation: Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

Affiliation: United Methodist

Hourly Tuition Rate: $597.83

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Transformational leadership is the focus of the online doctor of ministry at Boston University. In their view, anyone can be a transformational leader. Three year, low residency program. This 32 credit program makes allowances for four credits to be transferred in. According to their main page, the program has just over 70 students, of which at least one in five is international. The same page affirms the openness toward gay, lesbian, trans, and others equally in need of representation and faith.

 

Anderson University

Doctor of Ministry Online 

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Affiliation: Southern Baptist Convention

Hourly Tuition Rate: $500

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Students at Anderson University interested in the DMin online program must choose between Biblical preaching, and 21st century ministry. In this 35 credit hour program that can be completed in three years of hybrid study alternating between on site intensives and online study, the focus of both specializations is preaching. Indeed, Anderson University participates yearly in the National Conference on Preaching and students in both tracks are strongly encouraged to attend and learn about building and sustaining a passion for preaching the word of God.

 

Duke University

Doctor of Ministry Online 

Accreditation: Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

Affiliation: United Methodist

Hourly Tuition Rate: $787.50

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Working on the cohort model, where a small group of students move through their class work together and work toward the same graduation date, the Duke University hybrid doctor of ministry employs mentorship as a component while allowing students to continue their current ministerial mission. One of the top programs of its kind in the country, the coursework is structured in five residencies over two years with the addition of online coursework in between and capped off with an independent research project conducted in the following year. Studying for a DMin online at Duke University, one can expect both scheduled Zoom courses and independent online study. 

 

Fordham University 

Doctor of Ministry Online 

Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Affiliation: Catholic/Jesuit

Hourly Tuition Rate: $960

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Fordham University’s Doctor of Ministry Online allows two tracks for their students: spirituality, and the generalist track. Students work with a faculty mentor all the way through the program and the 36 credit hour degree is offered in on campus evening classes (for NY adjacent students), online study, and on campus intensives. This Jesuit-administered program balances rigorous Christian theological inquiry with real world ministerial concerns. A doctoral project is required for graduation from Fordham University’s online DMin program. 

 

Emory University

Doctor of Ministry Online 

Accreditation:  Association of Theological Schools’ Commission on Accrediting

Affiliation: United Methodist

Hourly Tuition Rate: $1,218.75

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The Candler School of Theology at Emory University emphasizes the relatively brief time needed to complete the degree — 3 years. Also stressed is Emory’s synchronous learning experience that enhances the sense of camaraderie resembling in-person learning. Two tracks are available to you: either Church Leadership and Community Witness or Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation. Featured posts on the program blog perhaps best distill the approach of these programs “Prophetically Disrupting the New Religious Marketplace” and “Toward a Christian Antiracism Pedagogy in the Era of Mass Incarceration.” This 32 credit hour program also includes a final project that entails an innovation in ministry in your location.

 

Look for more Doctor of Ministry programs online to emerge in the coming years, shifting to 100% online format.

 

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