Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
We welcome you to join our Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program here at Truett Seminary. In your pursuit of this degree, you will work with world-class scholars and effective practitioners who will guide you in your theological reflection as you expand your ministry vision.
Areas of Interest
One hallmark of Truett's Doctor of Ministry degree is its flexibility to address the needs of your particular ministry setting. Rather than following a pre-designated track, you will be guided by a variety of supervisors who will allow you to focus your individual research in ways that fit your particular interest and context.
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- Three-Year Program - Truett’s DMin program follows the requirements of ATS. It is a 30-hour program and is designed to be completed in three years. It consists of four seminars running parallel to your individually guided study program (IGS) along with a spiritual formation emphasis. It concludes with your Culminating Project Dissertation and an oral defense.
- Culminating Project Dissertation - All of your readings and seminars ultimately point toward your Culminating Project Dissertation. Beyond traditional studies in biblical texts, theology, and ministry methods, your aim is to complete a qualitative research project in a real-life ministry situation.
- Spiritual Formation - Truett's DMin program is concerned not only with the spiritual health of the church as a whole but also with your own personal formation. To accomplish this, spiritual formation runs like a scarlet thread through the degree.
- Different from a PhD - Whereas a PhD is an academic research degree designed to prepare you for a tenure-track teaching position in a university setting, a DMin is the terminal doctoral degree for ministry practitioners. Consequently, your research and Culminating Project Dissertation will relate directly to your professional ministry practice.
- Non-Residential - Truett's DMin program does not require residency except for four intensive seminars distributed over your first 2 years. All other elements of the program are completed from your local context working directly with your assigned supervisors.