United Theological Seminary



Increase your capacity to minister in our globalized and multifaith world. The Doctor of Ministry offers specialized, focused training designed to enhance the ministry of people who have substantial experience in a ministerial leadership role.

How many credits is this program, and how long will it take?

This 36-credit degree program can be reasonably completed in four years if you maintain a full-time course load (12 credits per year) and complete your dissertation in a little over a year.

You will complete eight courses at 4 credits each, followed by a 4-credit dissertation.

The DMin dissertation, once completed, is read and evaluated by a dissertation committee comprised of your dissertation advisor and other qualified evaluators (usually other professors). You then will be required to “defend” the dissertation in an oral examination with your committee.

Can I complete the DMin via distance learning?

Yes. Every DMin course can be taken either as a synchronous course with weekly classes that can be attended in person or online via Zoom, or as an asynchronous online course in which work can be completed with no required synchronous meetings. The fully distance asynchronous option is designed for students for whom daily work commitments require maximum flexibility. For students who prefer to take some or all of their courses with a live classroom component, that is also possible.

What can I expect from a DMin degree?

The DMin degree learning outcomes detail the skills students develop over the course of the DMin degree program.

What doctor of ministry programs are available?

United’s DMin degree offers four concentration options:

The “Directed Study” concentration is open-ended, allowing you to design your own experience in conversation with your advisor and the Director of Advanced Studies.

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