Prepare to Take Your Ministry to the Next Level

Do you possess considerable ministerial leadership experience? Our Doctor of Ministry degree will provide you with the specialized, concentrated training you need to increase your ability to minister in today’s diverse, multifaith world.

Degree Overview

DMin Program Details

Required Credits

To graduate with a DMin degree, you will be required to complete a total of 36 credits. This typically involves the completion of eight 4-credit courses, followed by a 4-credit dissertation.

Time to Complete

This 36-credit degree program can be reasonably completed in 4 years if you maintain a full-time course load (12 credits per year) and complete your dissertation in a little over a year.


An advisor will support you as you complete work on your dissertation. Once completed, the dissertation will be read and evaluated by your dissertation advisor and other qualified evaluators (typically other professors). You will then be required to “defend” the dissertation in an oral examination with the evaluators.

Distance Learning

All DMin concentrations can be completed entirely via distance learning. All courses have the option to attend classes either in person or via Zoom. With the exception of the DMin Practicum course and the classroom courses for the Spiritual Direction concentration, all courses can also be taken completely asynchronously with no required class meetings. This option is designed for students for whom daily work commitments require maximum flexibility.

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Learning Outcomes

A graduate of United’s Doctor of Ministry degree program will be able to:

  • Formation: exhibit continued growth in spiritual, personal, and moral maturity necessary for deepening and reinvigorating their vocational calling and conduct in the practice of ministerial and community leadership;
  • Contextualization: identify, frame, and respond to crucial ministry and community issues through competent engagement with diverse contexts, as defined by culture, religion, or global location;
  • Leadership Capacity: demonstrate advanced competency in the praxis of ministerial and community leadership that combines critical and contextual understanding with reflective theological/religious practice;
  • Integration: acquire new knowledge of the praxis of ministerial and community leadership through analytic and practical research that engages with various theological and other related disciplines and that demonstrates engagement of their cultural context with theological acumen and critical thinking; and
  • Dissertation: complete a research investigation or work of art that makes a significant contribution to the effective application of their area of concentration to the practice of ministry, chaplaincy, or other vocational leadership.

“United professors are working on relevant, impactful questions about ministries without which we wouldn’t have the rootedness to be effective in our work. We are engaged in national conversations that matter right now, shifting ministry from individuals to movement makers.”

Tanya Sadagopan – DMin, Public Theology

Doctor of Ministry Concentrations

United’s DMin degree offers the following areas of concentration:


Interreligious Chaplaincy
Public Theology
Social Transformation
Spiritual Direction
Theology and the Arts
Directed Study

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