Doctor of Ministry
In order to earn the Doctor of Ministry degree, the student must take one course in each of the core competencies, successfully complete the appropriate number of credit hours (48), including electives, and submit a 150-page final project. This works out to be a total of 10 courses (4 credits each) and one 8 credit final project. Because of previous course work, Master of Divinity graduates will only need to complete 36 credits for the Doctor of Ministry degree. Courses in this program are offered in module and online formats. Half of the sessions in the Doctor of Ministry program may be done online; the other half may be done in one-week module classes.
The Doctor of Ministry degree is the professional ministry degree designed to equip the student in a biblical theology of ministry and ministry leadership. The Northland School of Graduate Studies DMin is designed to equip pastors and missionaries serving at any ministry level with the Word and church ministry skills necessary to ultimately develop a stronger, healthier church. The degree is not structured to prepare specialists in one particular area of ministry. Rather, given the varied demands of ministry, the degree is structured to equip students in the six key Word and church ministry areas. The core competencies are as follows:
- Biblical Theology/Interpretation
- Contemporary Theology
- Biblical Counseling/Discipleship
- The standard degree for acceptance into the 36 credit Doctor of Ministry program is a 96 credit Master of Divinity Degree. Entrance into the Doctor of Ministry on the basis of a Master of Arts, a Master of Religious Education, or a Master of Ministry degree is possible but that such applicants will have to complete additional course work. Further, applicants accepted on the basis of one of these degrees must have achieved certain levels of formal training in theology, biblical studies, biblical languages, and practical theology and achieved at least a 3.0 GPA in any classes counted toward these minimal requirements.
- Two years of ministry experience is required.
- Language Requirement: Two semesters of formal study in one of the biblical languages is required for the Doctor of Ministry degree. Those without a language background must satisfy this requirement before their fourth class. The School of Graduate Studies periodically offers online Greek grammar courses to satisfy this requirement.
2014-2015 Course Schedule
While this schedule is subject to change, this is what is currently planned for the 2014-2015 Master of Ministry and Doctor of Ministry programs.
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