Duke Divinity’s Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program allows pastors and leaders of church-related or Christian institutions the opportunity to engage in rigorous and imaginative reflection in a cohort model while remaining in their ministry setting. Its hybrid residency format requires that students be on campus five times over the course of two years for week-long residential seminars, which are followed by ten weeks of group interaction facilitated by online tools. The program them concludes with a period of independent research, normally one year in length, culminating in a substantial written thesis. In this way, students are able to remain in their ministry context while also engaging in disciplined theological reflection.
The current cohort, “Leadership in the Christian Tradition,” combines the disciplines of Scripture, church history, and contemporary theology with engagement in the fields of leadership and management studies. With its small cohort size (typically 18-20), frequent interaction with our distinguished faculty, and emphasis on a research-based written thesis, the Duke Divinity D.Min. stands out as one of the best ways for ministry professionals to further their theological education.
- Deadline of March 15: Apply now.
- Have spent at least five years in full-time ministry.
- Minimum GPA of 3.3 in a master of divinity (M.Div.), master of theological studies (M.T.S.), or comparable master’s degrees from an ATS-accredited school prior to the intended date of enrollment
- Transcripts from each college/university and seminary attended
- One two-page essay
- Academic writing sample of no more than 15 pages
- Four letters of reference (2 academic/professional, 2 church)
- A resume or CV
- $55 application fee (collected by credit card when the online application is submitted)
- Online applications must be submitted by midnight E.S.T. on the stated deadline date. All hard copy applications and all supporting documents (e.g., transcripts and any reference letters not submitted online), for both hard copy and online applications must be received in the admissions office by 5:00 p.m. on the stated deadline date. If the application deadline date falls on a weekend, all hard copy applications and all supporting documents for online and hard copy applications must be received in the admissions office by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday preceding the deadline date.
The D.Min. curriculum organizes learning around one-week intensive residential seminars that are followed by eight weeks of structured distance learning facilitated by online tools. During the online portion, students engage one another and faculty on a regular basis.
There are five terms of coursework that span approximately two academic years. The five intensives take place on the campus of Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C. The D.Min degree concludes with a period of independent research and writing, normally one to two years in length, culminating in the production of a substantial written thesis.
The current D.Min. curriculum focuses on Leadership in the Christian Tradition. It is designed for persons who wish to pursue rigorous and imaginative reflection on the topic of Christian leadership through the study of Scripture, church history, and contemporary theology, as well as engagement with the fields of leadership and management studies. Students will be required to integrate course material with the ecclesial practices that are part of their daily work while remaining in conversation with the community of peers formed during the residential intensives.
The Intensive Residency components typically occur at the following times:
- August: end of the 1st week of August to the beginning of the 3rd week of August
- January: 1st week in January
- May: end of the 3rd week of May to the beginning of the 4th week of May
With careful planning, budgeting, and counseling from our Financial Aid office staff, students often find Duke to be more affordable than they initially assume. By taking advantage of the tuition credit offered to each admitted student, outside aid available, and the fact that the program is designed to allow students to maintain a paid ministry position, many students will incur little to no debt.
Each admitted student is awarded a 25% tuition credit scholarship for each year of the D.Min. program. Completing a FAFSA allows the Financial Aid Office to determine loan eligibility for students if needed.
At the Intersection of Theory and Practice
“Pastors work at the intersection of abstract theory and concrete realities. The D. Min. enabled me to integrate strong theological reflection with my own discipleship and pastoral practices. At Duke, D.Min. students will engage in sound scholarship and spiritual formation within a community of mutual support and accountability.”
—Bishop (Ret.) Kenneth L. Carder, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry