Frequently Asked Questions : Doctor of Ministry Program

Why should I do a Doctor of Ministry at Wesley?

Through Wesley Theological Seminary's Doctor of Ministry program, your ongoing practice of ministry will be enhanced and expanded by outstanding faculty, diverse student cohorts, and unique educational tracks, all in the distinctive setting of Washington, D.C. Through interactive classes, engaging dialogue, and relevant thesis projects, you will be acquainted with current trends and issues in the theological disciplines, encouraged to integrate these theological disciplines in your practice of ministry, equipped to add to the church's knowledge about the practice of ministry, and provided with the opportunity to establish lasting collegial ties with other Doctor of Ministry students.

What are tracks?

A Doctor of Ministry track is a specialized program of study designed to meet the specific ministry needs and goals for a cohort of students. A cohort, or track, has a maximum of 20 students who share an interest in the particular area of study. Past and present tracks include Urban Ministry, Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue, Church Leadership Excellence; The Arts and Theology; Spirituality and Story; Practical Theology for Pastors, Chaplains, and Clinicians; Missional Evangelism; Life Together: Spirituality for Transforming Community; Wesley and the Poor; Campus Ministries; Preaching for the 21st Century; and Spiritual Leadership for the Global Church: the Asian Track. More information is available on our Doctor of Ministry tracks.

What is the length of the program?

The Doctor of Ministry program normally requires 3½ years to complete. Students must complete the degree within 6 years.

When are classes offered?

Doctor of Ministry classes are offered on our campus during Intensive Terms in January and May. Each class is one week's duration, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Online classes on Special Topics are offered in the fall semester for current Doctor of Ministry students.

What is an intensive term?

Because the Doctor of Ministry program is designed for full-time pastors, classes are offered in one-week time periods: 2 weeks in January and 2 weeks in May for a total of 4 classes per year. Reading lists for courses are posted on the website approximately 3 months before the intensive term. Students are expected to complete all reading and any pre-class assignments before the first day of class. A post-class assignment, generally a 15-20 page paper, is due 6 weeks after the end of the intensive term.

How many classes do I take?

The Doctor of Ministry program requires 8 core classes, including Project Seminar, and 2 electives. Core classes are specific to each track. Certain tracks may specify 10 core classes or particular electives for that program. Elective credits may be earned through elective courses offered at Wesley during our Doctor of Ministry terms, Independent Studies with Wesley faculty, transfer of doctoral level credit from an institution accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, study trips offered by Wesley Seminary, seminars at the G. Douglass Lewis Center for Church Leadership, or Washington Theological Consortium Doctor of Ministry courses. Local students may take a Master's level class if the professor agrees to assign additional work to make the class doctoral level for that student, and approval is granted by the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. Doctoral students may also take Master's level courses, for credit or audit, without special permission; the course will not apply toward the Doctor of Ministry credit totals.

Can I combine classes from two different tracks?

Students are required to take all 8 core classes in their track. Students may receive permission to use a core class from another track as one of their electives. Normally core classes are closed to students from other tracks; however, exceptions may be made with approval from the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program.

How do I choose and complete a final project?

The Project Seminar course is designed to direct you in writing your project proposal. You will name the project question and its context based on your own ministry setting and particular interest. With guidance from the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, you will identify the theological component, imagine the project steps, assemble a preliminary bibliography, and create a plan to write your project paper. The appropriate forum for the public presentation of your project will be considered.

Your final project proposal will be approved by the Doctor of Ministry Committee members, who assign an appropriate faculty reader. You will consult your reader during the execution of the project and while writing the project paper. The faculty reader gives final approval to your project paper before graduation.

What is the cost of the program?

Costs for the Doctor of Ministry program include tuition, books, $30 facilities fee for each intensive term, housing, meals, and travel. The program requires a total of 30 credit hours; each course is 3 credits. Tuition for the 2013-2014 year is $540 per credit hour. Books are estimated at $100-150 per course. A $250 Reader's fee is charged to students when they are assigned a faculty reader for their D.Min. Project Paper. Wesley Theological Seminary's Financial Aid Office has more information on financing your education, including estimating the cost of attendance, the Stafford Loan application process, and possible outside scholarship opportunities.

Is housing available?

Limited dormitory-style housing is available for Doctor of Ministry students during the January and May Doctor of Ministry intensive terms. Students request housing during the DMin Housing Application Window for each term; rooms are then assigned on a first-come basis. The housing office will assist students with suggestions of other accommodations if necessary.  For more information regarding DMin Housing, please click here.

What is required to apply for admission?

Applicants must hold a Master of Divinity or equivalent degree from a seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, and must have completed 3 years of ministry experience prior to entering the Doctor of Ministry program. Admission is based on academic achievement as well as the Seminary's ability to meet the applicant's goals. GPA should be 3.0 or better at the Master of Divinity level.

Applicants are required to submit the application with the $50 application fee, official academic transcripts from all colleges and seminaries attended, references from 5 persons, and 4 essays. The Application is available online. Contact the Office of Admissions with questions about the application process.

The 4 essays, approximately 2 pages each, include:

  1. A brief biographical statement that describes your career in ministry in chronological order
  2. A personal evaluation of your professional competence.
  3. A statement on how you use your seminary education in the practice of ministry, especially studies in Bible, theology, and church history.
  4. Your reason for pursuing a Doctor of Ministry at Wesley (1 page).

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