Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry program offers an advanced-level curriculum integrating the experiences of ministry with the academic resources of the seminary. As ministry is fundamentally theological in character, disciplined theological reflection is fostered as its root in all offices and functions. The Doctor of Ministry Program aims at enabling pastors to develop an integrated theology of ministry that embraces the total life and mission of the church.

The specific goals of the Doctor of Ministry program at Wesley include acquainting students with current theological trends and issues, deepening the integration of discipline and ministry, and providing students with opportunities for establishing lasting collegial ties with other students.

Apply Now for Tracks Offered in 2015. Click on Doctor of Ministry Tracks to the left for information on each track:

Track Start Date Lead Professors Anticipated Graduation Year
Church Leadership Excellence May 2015 Lovett H. Weems, Jr. May 2018 or 2019
Military Chaplains May 2015 Michael T. Bradfield May 2018 or 2019
Soul Care for Pastors, Chaplains, and Clinicians January 2015 Michael S. Koppel May 2018
Spirituality and Story January 2013 Lewis A. Parks May 2016

DMin at Cambridge: (1) Tranformative  Leadership in Wesleyan Perspective and (2) Creative Ministries for Church Renewal in a Changing World

December 2015 and April 2016 Bruce C. Birch May 2019 or 2020

Life Together: Spirituality for Transforming Community

January 2014 Denise Dombkowski Hopkins; Beverly Mitchell May 2017
Arts and Theology January 2015 Deborah Sokolove May 2018
D.Min. in the Carolinas  May 2015 Inquire here for more information  

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The Application Process

1. Complete the application form in all detail and submit the $60 processing fee.
2. Submit:
    a. A brief biographical statement that describes your career in ministry in chronological order
    b. A personal evaluation of your professional competence
    c. A statement on how you use your seminary education in the practice of ministry, especially studies in Bible, theology, and church history
    d. Your reason for pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Wesley.
3. Request that official transcripts from all junior colleges, colleges, universities, or seminaries you have attended be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
4. List references; download the recommendation request form and ask your referrers to submit them to the Office of Admissions.

Admission Timeline

October 1 - Application deadline for tracks beginning in January
December 1 - Deadline for complete application package for Church Leadership Excellence track
February 1 - Application deadline for other tracks beginning in May

Doctor of Ministry tracks are limited to 20 candidates. You are encouraged to apply well in advance of the deadline.

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Admission to any Wesley degree program requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited college. In addition, applicants for the Doctor of Ministry program must hold a Master of Divinity or equivalent from a seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, and must have completed three years of ministry experience prior to entering Wesley's Doctor of Ministry program.

Admission is based on academic achievement and the Seminary's ability to meet your goals, as well as on your personal and professional qualifications for Christian ministry. Previous academic achievement should reflect a grade point average of at least 3.0 at the graduate level.

Degree Requirements

Tracks: The Doctor of Ministry program supports diverse areas of focus, or tracks, which require the successful completion of 24 core course hours and 6 hours of electives. Three hours for the Project Seminar are included in the core courses. Transfer credit is not accepted as a substitute for the required core courses. The project is generally written during the third year.

Length of the Program: The 30 hours of course work are normally completed within three and a half years. A limit of six years will be allowed for completion of the Doctor of Ministry degree. The faculty's Doctor of Ministry Committee will entertain requests for time extensions in circumstances of unusual gravity. Students who have outstanding work and incomplete grades from either the January or May terms will not be allowed to enroll in courses for the following term. Course work must be started within two years after admission into the program; otherwise, eligibility for admission will be reviewed.

Design of Courses and Intensive Terms: Each Intensive term, held in January or May, consists of two courses of 3 credits each. Classes run 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday (with the exception of the seminary graduation day in May). Two months before the January or May intensive term, reading lists and preparatory assignments are made available to students on the website and Blackboard course site. Each of the two weeks of the intensive term requires 30 contact hours with the professor. After the intensive term, students have six weeks to complete course assignments.

Peer learning and ministerial setting are essential parts of Wesley Doctor of Ministry programs. Students are encouraged to engage people in their ministry settings in a variety of ways, from personal support and accountability to participation in the projects and oral examinations.

Project and Project Paper: each student will write a project proposal in the Project Seminar. When the seminar instructor approves a student's project proposal, that proposal is forwarded to the Doctor of Ministry Committee for assignment of a faculty reader. Upon payment of a $250 Reader's Fee, the student is formally advanced to candidacy status in the Doctor of Ministry program. The faculty reader will serve as a consultant to the candidate for selection of the specialized elective courses as well as the development of the Project Paper.

The Project itself should be started as soon as possible following the approval of the proposal, advancement to candidacy, and assignment of a faculty reader. A first draft of the complete Project Paper is due in the Doctor of Ministry Office by February 1 preceding graduation. During the month of March preceding graduation, each candidate will make an oral presentation and evaluation of his or her project. Proposed venues for this presentation should be cleared with the Doctor of Ministry Office. One copy of the Project Paper in final form, together with one copy of a 100-word abstract, and various forms provided by the Library, must be submitted to the Doctor of Ministry Office on or before the date specified in the Seminary Calendar.

Electives: any combination of the following options may be used to fulfill the elective course requirements for a Doctor of Ministry track:

  • Elective courses/seminars for Doctor of Ministry students offered during the January and May intensive terms
  • A maximum of six credit hours taken as independent studies under the direction of Wesley faculty
  • Immersion study experiences, directly related to the subject of focus for a given track, for a maximum of six credit hours
  • Advanced seminars in Wesley's M.Div. curriculum in which Wesley faculty agree to develop additional readings and assignments for the Doctor of Ministry student
  • Approved courses at member institutions of the Washington Theological Consortium
  • Work at other ATS approved institutions with prior approval from Wesley's Doctor of Ministry Office.Transfer work must be done on an accredited, doctoral level and must not be applied toward the awarding of another degree.Up to 6 hours of elective courses may be taken outside Wesley. Work completed prior to entry into the Doctor of Ministry program at Wesley will not be applied towards the Doctor of Ministry degree.

Tuition and Finances

The Doctor of Ministry program will cost approximately $18,500 for tuition and fees.

  • The program requires a total of 30 credit hours; each course is 3 credits. Tuition for the 2014-2015 year is $568 per credit hour.
  • Fees include a $53 facilities fee for each intensive term and a $250 Reader's fee which is charged to students when they are assigned a faculty reader for their D.Min. Project Paper.

Additional costs are for housing, meals, and travel.

  • Books are estimated at $150 per course.
  • On-campus housing is approximately $350 per week.

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