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Doctor of Ministry Degree Program


Empower your preaching

Distinguish your ministry with advanced seminary training, the kind that connects rich theology with practical ministry and powerful preaching. Knox Theological Seminary offers a 21st century Doctor of Ministry program that can immeasurably deepen a pastor’s understanding of Scripture through preparation in exegetical theory and resources designed to embolden preaching.

The Doctor of Ministry is a professional program for pastors, missionaries, and others actively engaged in ministry-related fields. Get the kind of solid biblical and exegetical training that will enhance your Christ-centered preaching and help you teach the gospel with the boldness and clarity needed in a rapidly changing culture.

Knox currently offers four tracks of specialization in the Doctor of Ministry program:

Paced with the modern minister in mind.

The Knox DMin caters to pastors in full-time ministry. Courses are offered in one-week intensive sessions throughout the year and up to three courses can be taken online.

Attain biblical, theological, exegetical, and preaching expertise.

You will study under world-class faculty and learn from some of the best theological and pastoral minds for the needs of the church today. Add to that ATS accreditation, a diverse student body, a global community of learners, and competitive tuition.

Academic Requirements for Admisison

A Master of Divinity degree from an accredited seminary, or its equivalent, with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, followed by at least three years of ministry experience is required. (Equivalency will be decided by the Admissions Committee, and will ordinarily be defined as 72 graduate semester hours or comparable graduate credits in other systems that represent broad-based work in theology, Biblical studies, and the arts of ministry and that include a master’s degree.)

At their discretion, the Doctor of Ministry Program Committee will interview a prospective student to evaluate the individual’s knowledge and skills for ministry in light of the Seminary’s vision for ministry.

Academic Requirements for Candidacy

Satisfactory completion of all coursework (24 credit hours) with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and Program Committee approval of the major project proposal. At their discretion, the Program Committee will interview a candidate to evaluate the individual’s readiness for candidacy.

Final Project Presentation and Evaluation

The purpose of the Major Project is to demonstrate the student’s ability to integrate the academic content of the Doctor of Ministry course curriculum with the nature and practice of ministry for the purposes of enhancing the personal practice of ministry. Each project will:

  1. address a ministerial concern from a theological and a practical point of view,
  2. have a personal and public rationale and application,
  3. integrate theoretical and practical considerations, and
  4. constitute a major contribution to the practice of ministry.

All students are required to complete the project presentation and evaluation at least five weeks before graduation. Normally present for the project presentation and evaluation are the Program Committee, the Project Committee, and any parties invited by the Program Committee.

Academic Requirements for Completion

All requirements for the Doctor of Ministry degree must be completed within six years from the time of matriculation. Petitions for an exception to this requirement must be approved by the Program Committee.

The candidate will complete a total of 30 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. This includes successful completion of eight seminars (24 credit hours) plus the major project (six credit hours). Upon completion of the major project, the candidate will make a successful oral presentation of the work to the Program Committee and the Project Committee for evaluation.

Upon successful completion, the student is awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree.

Click here to see the Doctor of Ministry course schedule.


Student Testimonial

“There is such a great need for orthodox clarification to the population who straddle many denominations and are confused by today’s social gospel and secular humanism. I hear it wherever I go. I cherish many of the statements from Dr. Waltke’s doctor of ministry course at Knox. He brings clarity to the war that is upon us to become sensitized in spirit, soul, and body as we seek to radiate the indwelling presence of the Living God in what we think, say, and do; not just on Sunday mornings.” –Michael J. Driscoll

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