Doctor of Ministry in Public Theology

The DMin in Public Theology program will give you in-depth exposure to the academic and practical elements of theology as applied in the public sphere in service of the common good, including knowledge of liberation theology. Through your dissertation, you’ll have the opportunity to craft your own research project in the area of public and applied theology, using your current ministry context as a base for that work.

This program may be a good fit for you if you are interested in:

  • Growing your current ministry with competence in public theology
  • Shifting your ministry emphasis to public theology


Concentration Learning Outcomes

In addition to achieving the core DMin degree learning outcomes, a graduate of the DMin in Public Theology program will be able to:

  • integrate the insights of liberation theologies into their vocational leadership practice in a way that demonstrates constructive engagement with key thinkers, ideas, and sociopolitical and historical contexts out of which liberation theologies emerge; and
  • apply the field of public theology to their own ministerial or vocational context in a way that demonstrates a critical analysis of and reflection on the field and its various expressions as well as its relevance to the practice of ministry.


United’s DMin at a Glance

  • 36 credits
  • Eight 4-credit courses plus a 4-credit dissertation
  • Can be completed in four years if you take a full-time course load (12 credits per year) and complete your dissertation in a little over a year
  • All DMin concentrations can be completed entirely via distance learning; with the exception of the DMin Practicum course, all courses can be taken completely asynchronously


Program Guide Sheet

Formation 1 The Formed and Transformed Leader
Contextualization 1 Engaging a Multifaith World
Leadership Capacity
Public Theology
Theologies of Liberation
Two DMin level courses or independent studies
DMin Practicum
Integration 2
Research Tools and Proposal
DMin Dissertation


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