The Doctor of Ministry is the highest professional degree designed for those who are in full-time pastoral ministry. The purpose of the D. Min. program is to provide ministry skills for Christian leaders who recognize the need for a higher level of competence in their ministry. We seek to achieve the following goals by offering a variety D. Min. courses:
1. To reinforce the sound foundation of biblical and theological understanding of ministry
2. To provide students with ministry skills applicable to contemporary culture
3. To cultivate in students a renewed awareness of calling and ministry through critical reflection
We offer 2 core concentrations or tracks students may choose for their D. Min. program. Students choose 5 courses in their particular area of concentration. The core concentrations are:
1. Global Missions. Since many of our students represent countries and denominations in which the Gospel is advancing, it is important that we provide further perspectives and skills to enhance the growth of the Church in the Majority World. Courses focus on areas such as: world religions, current missiological issues, and urban ministry.
2. Leadership. Whether one is a pastor, denominational leader or a teacher at a seminary, he or she is called upon to give godly and wise leadership. Courses focus on areas such as approaches to leadership styles, conflict & peacemaking, building effective teams, dynamics of change in organizations, and spiritual and emotional health for leaders
Since some of our D. Min. students are full-time students from Majority World countries, courses are offered in two modes: regular courses in the quarter system and modular courses in one or two weeks to accommodate active pastors in ministry. For full-time D. Min. students, the program is designed in the following way:
1. Normally, all D. Min. courses are five-unit courses.
2. All 50-level courses are open to D. Min. students.
3. Elective courses listed in the class schedule of each quarter are open to D. Min. students
4. D. Min. students’ attendance of 10-level courses is subject to the approval of the instructor.
5. A total of 54 units must be completed for the D. Min. degree:
Four (4) core courses (Practical studies) 20 units
Five (5) elective courses 25 units
A dissertation (project paper) 9 units
The D. Min. modular courses include the following three components:
1. Each course requires 30 clock hours for lecture, evaluation, and discussion.
2. An assigned reading of no less than 2,100 pages to be completed before or after attending the classroom session.
3. A project growing out of the reading and class work, leading to a final written report of no less than 30 pages is required for evaluation.
The key requirements for admission are:
1. An applicant must be an ordained pastor with a minimum of three years of experience in pastoral ministry.
2. A Master of Divinity degree from an accredited institution, or its equivalent.
Applicants who have a M.A degree, instead of a M. Div., are eligible to apply for admission, but, if admitted, they will be required to complete the M. Div. Equivalent program of ITS (48 units) before taking D. Min. courses. (See M.Div. equivalent checklist.)
Graduation Requirements for Doctor of Ministry
Candidates for the Doctor of Ministry degree will have met the following requirements for graduation:
- Completed all course requirements with minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B), and with no grade below a “B-” counting toward the degree.
- Successfully written and defended his/her project dissertation and finalized the format of the dissertation to the satisfaction of the librarian.
- Settled all financial obligations with ITS Administrative Office.
- Completed all requirements for the degree within five years from the time of matriculation. A fee of $100 per quarter will be charged for extension granted for the completion of the project dissertation beyond the fifth year.
- Failure to obtain an extension beyond the prescribed study period (five years) will be considered withdrawal from the program.