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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
  • Leadership
  • Exposition
  • Contemporary Theology
  • Biblical Counseling/Discipleship
  • Missions/Evangelism

Program Prerequisites

  1. 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.
  2. Two years of ministry experience is required.
  3. 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.

Module Courses

Course Name Course Info
Biblical Leadership for the Church Instructors: Dan Dumas & TBD
Date: April 29-May 1, 2015
Competency: Leadership

Online Courses

Course Name Course Info
Pauline Theology Instructor: Chris Bruno
Date: March 9 – May 1, 2015
Competency: Biblical Theology/Contemporary Theology

Want a Free Class?

We want you to come and experience The School of Graduate Studies firsthand. We know that when people buy a new car, they like to test drive that vehicle. They want to take it for a spin around the block because the reality is that there are a lot of cars out there to choose from. Well, that is no different than when it comes to graduate education: we know that you have options. We want to invite you to come to Northland and take your first course for free. For more information, see the Financial Info page and the information about the Servant Scholarship.