The Doctor of Ministry Program at United:
- Has a brand new curriculum.
- Is fully accredited.
- Is available in eight Concentrations.
- Builds on prior M.Div. degree and ministry experience.
Intellectually up-to-date, professional development for the theological and contextual practice of community ministry.
Advanced studies—requires completed M.Div. or equivalent, plus three years of ministry experience.
Billed per credit (30 credits course work, plus 12 credits dissertation). Plus one trip abroad (fall of first year).
Global component includes one 12-day trip abroad (for those who can travel; others stay connected by video conferencing)
Two foundational courses
Hermeneutics as an interpretive and interdisciplinary facilitator; applied to the interpretation of texts, theology and social locations (one course taken in fall, one in spring)
Two theology courses
Focus on intercultural, biblical/theological and denominational aspects of ecclesiology (one course taken in fall, one in spring)
Two concentration courses
Seven concentrations from which to choose (one course taken in fall, one in spring—see available concentrations below)
Two short online courses
To prepare dissertation proposal (taken in summer)
All coursework can be completed in 12 months (full-time) or spread over two or three years. The dissertation follows completed course work and focuses on the chosen concentration.
Three years = one year of course work + two years of dissertation
Between four and six years
Concentrations and faculty responsible (starting fall 2014)
- Bible (Thorsten Moritz/Carolyn Pressler)
- Black Church Leadership (Matthew V. Johnson)
- Chaplaincy (Trina Armstrong)
- Intercultural and Immigrant Ministries (Eleazar Fernandez)
- Narrative Theology—New Testament Focus (Thorsten Moritz)
- Pastoral Care and Counseling (Trina Armstrong)
- Social Transformation (Steve Newcom)
- Theology of the Arts (Cindi Beth Johnson)
Credit breakdown by semester (full-time/12 months)
Fall semester = 11 credits
Spring semester = 11 credits
Summer semester = 8 credits
Plus dissertation = 12 credits
TOTAL = 42 credits
Credit breakdown by category
Foundational courses (epistemology) = 11 credits
Required courses (theology) = 11 credits
Concentration courses (integration) = 8 credits
Dissertation = 12 credits
TOTAL = 42 credits
Illustrated as full-time and by showing the Narrative Theology concentration (Narratives 1 & 2 would be replaced in the other concentrations)
Hermeneutics 1: Location and Formation (interdisciplinary) = 4 credits
Theology 1: Global Journey = 3 credits
Narratives 1: The Gospels, including Acts = 4 credits
Hermeneutics 2: Texts as Narratives (exegesis) = 4 credits
Theology 2: Ancient Future (biblical and historical ecclesiology) = 3 credits
Narratives 2: The Letters, including Revelation (Romans; Ephesians; 1 Peter; Revelation) = 4 credits
Research 1: Tools (methods, resources, writing) = 3 credits
Research 2: Proposal (Claim Statement, preview) = 3 credits
Formation: Summative Reflections (weekly) = 2 credits
YEARS TWO AND THREE:
Dissertation (or equivalent) in area of chosen concentration