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Doctor of Ministry


The Doctor of Ministry is a professional program for pastors, missionaries, and others actively engaged in ministry-related fields. Get the kind of solid biblical and exegetical training that will enhance your Christ-centered preaching and help you teach the gospel with the boldness and clarity needed in a rapidly changing culture.

Admission requirements Unique to the Dmin

  • Master of Divinity or its equivalent of 72 credit hours in biblical and theological studies
  • At least 9 credit hours in biblical languages
  • 3 years of post-theological graduate ministry
  • Currently active in a ministry context

three optional specialization tracks:

The Doctor of Ministry tracks exist to allow students the opportunity to focus their studies on a particular area of study in which Knox Seminary remains committed to offering a broad array of courses from a range of leading scholars.

Participation in a DMin Track is entirely voluntary; a student is not required to commit to a particular track in order to complete the degree.

All DMin graduates are awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree, regardless of whether he or she has specified a particular track. Students who successfully complete the requirements for a particular track will see that reflected on their academic record/transcript, but not their diploma.

Hybrid courses

The Knox DMin caters to pastors in full-time ministry. Courses are offered in one-week intensive sessions throughout the year and up to three of the eight courses can be taken online.

    Final Project

    The purpose of the Major Project is to demonstrate the student’s ability to integrate the academic content of the Doctor of Ministry program with the nature and practice of ministry for the purposes of enhancing the personal practice of ministry.

    Each project will address a specific ministerial concern and clearly demonstrate—and be assessed according to—the following characteristics:

    • Excellent research including…
    1. an organized, coherent, and effective research methodology.
    2. sufficient resources to demonstrate advanced competency of the depth and breadth of the topic being addressed.
    3. clear, informed, and objective assessment of the research results from a theological and practical point of view.
    • Both a personal and public rationale
    • Both theoretical/theological and practical considerations that are clearly described and integrated
    • Practical application that contributes meaningfully to the personal practice of ministry

    These should culminate in a significant contribution to the practice of ministry in the intended community of the church.

    A full description of the Major Project can be found here.

    DMin Degree Learning Outcomes

    • Articulate the Gospel message of salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone.
    • Explain the inspiration and authority of all of scripture and its relationship to the Gospel.
    • Articulate the relationship of the gospel to sanctification in the life of the believer.
    • Articulate a Christocentric view of ministry in which theological study, practice, and ethical conduct mutually inform and enhance one other.
    • Demonstrate pastoral, oral, and written skills and competencies that are required for church leadership at its most mature and effective level.
    • Contribute to the practice of ministry by means of a doctoral level project that integrates analytical and ministerial research, theological reflection, and practical application.

    Click here to see the Doctor of Ministry course schedule.

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