DMin Academic Catalog: Admissions
- The applicant must have a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent with a grade point average of “B” (3.0). Those with lower grade point averages, if accepted, will begin the program on academic probation. Information on requirements for an M.Div. equivalency is available on our website or form the Doctor of Ministry office.
- 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 D.Min. program). Students must remain in ministry throughout their doctoral program.
- Applicants whose first/native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores required on the Internet-based Test (www.ets.org/toefl) are as follows: Reading minimum score 22; Listening minimum score 21; Speaking minimum score 21; Writing minimum score 22; total minimum score 86.
The DMin Application Process
- Submit a completed application form accompanied by the non-refundable application fee. For Marriage and Family Counseling, include the appropriate testing fee.
- Write an application essay of at least 3,000 words. It should include one’s conversion and Christian experience, call to ministry, goals and purpose in enrolling in the program, relationships with one’s spouse (if married) and family, and a resume of all previous positions in Christian ministry. (An applicant who has been divorced should provide specific information concerning that divorce.) Give specific reasons for desiring admission to the Doctor of Ministry program and state the effects the program is expected to have on life and ministry.
- Sign without mental reservation the National Association of Evangelicals Statement of Faith (see the appendix).
- Ask six people to give references: three should be personal references and three should be references for the applicant’s experience in ministry.
- Submit official transcripts covering all previous college and seminary work. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Doctor of Ministry Office, Denver Seminary from the issuing school.
- An endorsement must be sent from the applicant’s church board, organization for whom the applicant ministers, denominational headquarters, or missions agency. It is hard to complete the program if the organization is not in agreement with it being done.
Additional Requirements for Marriage and Family Counseling
- Four semester hours in counseling and/or psychology courses at the master’s level if not previously taken.
- Four semester hours in pastoral theology or pastoral ministry at the master’s level if not previously taken.
- Completed answer sheets submitted for the following tests:
- Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis (TJTA)
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
- Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)
- Marital Satisfaction Inventory (MMPI) (if married)
- These tests must be taken through Denver Seminary. The tests will be sent to the applicant from the D.Min. office.
- 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
Up to six hours can be transferred into the program from another acceptably accredited Doctor of Ministry program if the hours are suitable to the program for which the applicant has applied. 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.
- The application packet must be received by April 15 for entrance into the summer seminars (the spring term) or October 15 for Entrance into the January seminars (the fall term).
- A telephone interview or personal interview may be conducted. Acceptance into the program is provisional pending advancement to candidacy early in the program. Advancement to candidacy requires a self-evaluation essay and a grade of not less than a “B-” and a 3.0 G.P.A. on the early seminars. A candidacy interview may be required.