Doctor of Ministry Application Process

Doctor  of Ministry Application Forms

Doctor  of Ministry Requirements

1. The applicant must have a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent with a grade point average of "B" (3.0). Those who do not meet the minimum GPA may still apply and may be admitted at the discretion of the appropriate Seminary authorities. Information on requirements for an MDiv equivalency is available on the website (above).

2. The applicant must have been actively involved in a ministry for at least three years subsequent to their first graduate theological degree (an accrediting association requirement for any DMin program). Students must remain in ministry throughout their doctoral program.

Additional Requirements for Marriage and Family Counseling Applicants

1. Four semester hours in counseling and/or psychology courses at the master’s level if not previously taken.

2. Four semester hours in pastoral theology or pastoral ministry at the master’s level if not previously taken.

3. Completed answer sheets submitted for the following tests:

  • Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis (TJTA)
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI; proctored Monday morning of your first seminar)
  • Marital Satisfaction Inventory (MMPI) (if married)

4. These tests must be taken through Denver Seminary. The tests will be sent to the student from the DMin office the month preceding the student's first seminar week.

5. As soon as the student has been accepted, he/she should apply for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) student membership. The student will then supply proof of membership to the D.Min. office.

Transfer of Credit

Only applicable for the Leadership Track

Up to six hours can be transferred into the program from another acceptably accredited Doctor of Ministry program if the hours are suitable for the DMin Leadership Track. Credits transferred into the program reduce the number of independent study hours the student is allowed to take. A student may take up to six hours of independent studies. Each hour of transfer credit reduces the number of independent study hours by one. If six hours are transferred in, no independent study hours may be taken.

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