Why This Program? Program Overview Affording Duke Next Steps Resources Why This Program? The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program engages pastors and leaders of other Christian institutions in rigorous and imaginative theological reflection as they continue to serve in their current ministerial roles. The degree, which combines intensive on-campus immersion weeks with live online learning, offers Christian leaders the flexibility they need to earn a doctorate without leaving their positions. The D.Min. seeks to integrate practical ministerial experience with structured theological reflection. Study of the church’s scriptures and traditions is paired with study of contemporary leadership theory and practice, encouraging deeper understanding of the sources, nature and character of authentic Christian leadership and enhancing the critical skills of persons engaged in the direction of congregations or church-related institutions. Our students flourish with small cohort sizes, a hybrid learning environment, and spiritual formation mentors. Each year, the D.Min. program welcomes a diverse cohort of students from a variety of backgrounds, including pastors, leaders in church-related institutions or in Christian higher education, and other professionals seeking advanced theological training. Engagement with distinguished faculty, an emphasis on generating innovative research-based theses, and a commitment to leadership in service to the church make the Duke Divinity School D.Min. an excellent choice. Image "I’ve taught in a number of D.Min. programs. Duke has quickly become the premier D.Min. program in the country by attracting some of the best students and engaging them with world-class faculty in in-depth integration of theological commitments and concrete realities. I have found that the cohort format, where a small group of students study together throughout the program is the optimum peer learning environment." Bishop (Ret.) Will Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program Study With Distinguished Faculty Faculty Engaged in Scholarship and Service A defining feature of the D.Min. program is immersion in world-class theological inquiry with a strong divinity school faculty, whose members are engaged in scholarship as well as service to their respective Christian traditions. Our faculty teach courses during the residencies and continue to engage on a weekly basis with students during distance learning sessions. Faculty also serve in mentorship roles as thesis supervisors. Faculty who teach in the D.Min. include Lauren Winner, Stephen Chapman, Ellen Davis, Will Willimon, and Curtis Freeman. Craft a Thesis Worthy of Publication Add to the Scholarly Conversation The culmination of the course of study is a major research project. With access to our world-class faculty, research resources, and the interdisciplinary connections of a top tier research university, Duke Divinity D.Min. students contribute thoughtful and meaningful work. Seven of our D.Min. theses have been published, such as Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes’s Psalms for Black Lives and Jeff Seaton’s Who’s Minding the Story? View theses and dissertations from D.Min. and Th.D. students online. The Strength of the Cohort Model Collaboration and Camaraderie The Duke Divinity cohort model for the D.Min. brings students together for support, resources, and reflection. In this way, the program is not done in isolation but as part of a conversation within a community of peer scholar-practitioners formed during the residential intensives and sustained through online communication. Learn More about the cohort model Program Overview Curriculum The D.Min. curriculum is offered in a hybrid residency format, which requires students to be on campus at Duke five times over the course of two years for week-long immersive residential seminars. The residencies are each followed by eight weeks of group interaction and structured distance learning during which students regularly engage with one another and with faculty, facilitated by both synchronous and asynchronous online tools. Some tools help students work on their own time; others require students to meet online at specific times for engagement with professors and their class. Assignments require students both to engage the church’s scriptures and traditions and to integrate them with the ecclesial practices that are part of their daily life. This work is not done in isolation but as part of a conversation with the community of peer scholar-practitioners formed during the residential intensives and sustained through online communication. Each cohort is assigned a cohort mentor, who guides spiritual formation and offers other forms of support to students throughout the program. Students and cohort mentors participate in community worship and meet daily during the residencies. Cohort mentors are available throughout the program to serve as a resource for students. View a sample course schedule: Download Sample D.Min. Schedule (pdf - 148.56 KB) The residency immersion weeks typically occur at the following times (see our academic calendar): August: 3rd week of August January: 2nd week in January May: end of the 3rd week of May to the beginning of the 4th week of May Image The two years of coursework lead to the development of an independent research project. This is not simply an addendum to the coursework, but rather the centerpiece and high point of the D.Min. experience, the time when students work most closely with faculty to produce a unique and important piece of written work. This distinctive emphasis on the thesis arises from the program’s context within a major research university. Students develop innovative research agendas in close consultation with a faculty supervisor, agendas that engage them in disciplined theological reflection while remaining in their ministry contexts. The goal is the production of a substantial—and ideally, publishable—piece of writing that makes a significant contribution to the church. Students are encouraged to consider where their passions and abilities align, where they would like to develop expertise, and where they think they might make a strategic and lasting contribution. The range of potential thesis topics is nearly limitless, but the goal is focused: write something of value to the church and its ministries. View descriptions of recent thesis topics. The thesis takes one to two years to complete. Graduation Requirements The Doctor of Ministry is normally completed in three years. Requirements for graduation are: 5 terms of coursework and at least one term of research to be completed within 2 years, for a total of 6 terms 1 year of writing and research Thesis Student portfolio Hybrid Format Flexibility Without Sacrificing Holistic Learning The hybrid learning environment offers D.Min. students the best of both worlds. Five one-week residential immersion weeks scheduled over the course of two years take place at Duke Divinity School’s campus in Durham, N.C. Students also participate in online learning that includes scheduled online classes (using Zoom) and self-paced learning. In this way, students are able to remain in ministry leadership while also engaging in rigorous scholarship. Affording Duke An education from Duke Divinity School is worth your investment, and you do not have to figure out the finances alone. All D.Min. students receive funding. Duke Divinity School is investing in you, too. It is an investment in your education, the church, and our shared future. All D.Min. students receive scholarship support from Duke Divinity School that will cover 25% of tuition, and there is no separate application needed in order to be considered. Many other internal and external scholarships, as well as federal financial aid in the form of loans, make it possible for students to afford Duke Divinity. FAFSA should be completed for external aid. More information can be found in our Financial Aid section. Lifelong Dividends In addition to earning a degree from Duke Divinity School, you also receive benefits that continue to impact your life long after you leave. You’ll have space for learning timeless ministry skills, cultivating holy friendships that will sustain you, and forming relationships with faculty who can serve as mentors as your vocation unfolds. The overwhelming majority of our students say their investment is worth it. Next Steps Ready for the Next Step? Duke Divinity School accepts applications beginning in late August and concluding with the final deadline in April. For admission, we require at least five years in full-time ministry and a minimum GPA of 3.3 in a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) or comparable master’s degrees from an ATS-accredited school prior to the intended date of enrollment. The Admissions Committee will assess applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements according to Standard 5.5 of the 2020 Association of Theological Schools Standards of Accreditation. 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