Doctor Of Ministry

Total credit hours
elective hours
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Tuition per credit hour
Years to completion
3 - 6

Program Description

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is an advanced professional degree that prepares men and women for more effective ministry in the unique context to which God has already called them. The curriculum is designed for those currently serving as pastors, missionaries, teachers, or administrators in churches, Christian schools, or other ministries. 

This unique degree brings together seasoned, educated Christian leaders for more in-depth training in a community of learning comprised of peers and Knox faculty and is ideal for those who seek:

  • to add theological depth and training into their ministry calling and context.
  • to strengthen skills such as preaching, teaching, research, and writing needed for their ministry work.
  • to grow their leadership capacity for effective ministry.
  • to mature spiritually, personally, and professionally.
  • to be recognized for a unique, practical contribution to their calling by means of the final project, with individualized coaching through the project phase.

The Doctor of Ministry may be taken entirely online or by incorporating one-week intensive courses, offered periodically at the Knox campus. 

  • DM825 Doctoral Research and Writing for Ministry
  • DM888 Theological Ethics for Ministry
  • DM918 Christ-Centered Preaching w/ Bryan Chapell
  • 15 (DMin) Elective Hours
  • DM999 Major Project (6 credit hours)

A graduate of this program will be able to:
  • Articulate the Gospel message of salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone.
  • Explain the inspiration and authority of all of Scripture and its relationship to the Gospel.
  • Articulate the relationship of the gospel to sanctification in the life of the believer.
  • Articulate a Christo-centric view of ministry in which theological study, practice, and ethical conduct mutually inform and enhance one another.
  • Demonstrate pastoral, oral, written skills, and competencies that are required for church leadership at its most mature and effective level.
  • Contribute to the practice of ministry by means of a doctoral-level project that integrates analytical and ministerial research, theological reflection, and practical application.

DMin applicants must have a completed master's degree in a ministry-related area with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale as well as significant ministry experience. 

Whereas the most common academic pathway to the DMin is a completed MDiv from an accredited seminary, the admissions committee will also consider applications from those who can demonstrate strong proficiency at an advanced, postgraduate level in all of the following areas:

  • completion of an accredited master's degree (or its equivalent) in an area related to the applicant's ministry setting or vocational calling
  • significant ministry experience
  • identification and articulation of their ministry calling, including the contribution a DMin would make to that ministry work
  • ability to interpret scripture and articulate its place in their theological tradition
  • ability to understand and adapt their ministry to their particular context
  • capacity for, and history of, spiritual, personal, and ministerial growth and maturity

For specific admissions criteria related to each of these areas, please contact the admissions office at

Application Process for DMIN

  1. Complete and submit an online application w/ fee.
  2. College-level transcripts sent officially and directly to Knox Seminary from any and all institutions where you have taken courses for credit.
  3. Print, fill out, and return your pastoral, academic, and personal reference forms.
  4. Provide an endorsement letter from your church/governing body.
  5. For applicants without a completed MDiv, complete the additional short answer and essay questions.

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