Ministry (off-campus)—DMIN

The Doctor of Ministry program offers a professional degree for people who seek advanced competencies in ministry. The program enables people to grow within the framework of a Biblical model of leadership and to develop an Adventist perspective of ministry. The program is normally offered to professionals who are in active ministry.

Applicants from other faiths may be accepted into the program, provided they meet admission requirements and represent high moral integrity with a character, lifestyle, and spiritual commitment reflective of the ideals of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Concentrations

  • Chaplaincy
  • Discipleship and Biblical Spirituality
  • Evangelism and Church Growth
  • Family Ministry
  • Health Care Chaplaincy
  • Leadership
  • Missional Church: A Biblical Response to Western Culture
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Pastoral Ministry (Spanish)
  • Preaching
  • Urban Ministry
  • Youth and Young Adult Ministry 

To learn more about concentrations, click here.

Program length

This is a 32-credit program. DMin students must complete all courses and pass an oral assessment of the project within six years from the time they begin course work.

Application deadlines

Application deadlines are set for each cohort in each concentration. Call the Doctor of Ministry office Administrative Assistant for Marketing and Enrollment at 269-471-3544 or email dmin@andrews.edu for further information on application deadlines. Students who apply after the deadline will incur an additional late application fee.

Eligibility requirements

  • Master of Divinity: Hold an MDiv degree or its equivalent from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  • GPA: Have at least 3.25 GPA.
  • English proficiency: Students whose language of education is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80. Applicants for in-residence cohorts will need an Internet-based TOEFL composite score of 90, or MELAB score of 85.
  • Personal qualifications: Demonstrate high professional and personal potential for the gospel ministry.
  • Experience: Have an equivalent of at least three years of experience in ministry subsequent to the first graduate theological degree.

Admission requirements

  • Application: Submit the paper form of the application.
  • Official transcripts: From institutions where all post-secondary coursework was taken. Download Transcript Request PDF
  • Recommendations: Supply satisfactory recommendations.
  • Statement of Purpose: Submit a 1500–2500 word double-spaced paper that discusses your personal spiritual journey and sets forth your purpose for seeking the Doctor of Ministry degree. The paper should manifest deep theological reflection and a familiarity with current literature in pastoral ministry.
  • Applicants from other faiths: May be accepted into the program, provided they meet admission requirements and represent high moral integrity with a character, lifestyle, and spiritual commitment reflective of the ideals of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Personality Questionnaire: Complete and return the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire as directed. Not required for the Spanish or Russian track.

Additional requirements for international students

  • English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80. Applicants for in-residence cohorts will need an Internet-based TOEFL composite score of 90, or MELAB score of 85.
  • Transcripts: Students have two options for submitting their transcripts.
    1. Sending transcripts directly from the university attended. Official, literal English translations of transcripts, along with the original-language documents, from institutions where English is not considered the official language.

      OR
    2. Having official transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES, AACRAO or ECE. Evaluations must be sent directly from the organization us and must include:
      • At least the overall GPA
      • Degree title equivalent in the U.S.
      • Date the degree was conferred
      These are the guidelines you must follow if you use any of the approved credential evaluation agencies:
      • WES: Students who choose this organization must request the WES International Credential Advantage Package (WES ICAP) which includes verified copies of official transcripts. Students using WES ICAP will not need to submit additional copies of transcripts.
      • AACRAO: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcripts in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
      • ECE: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcript in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • Master's degree diploma: A literal English translation of the diploma, along with the original-language document, must be sent by mail.
  • Bachelor’s degree diploma: A copy of the literal English translation of the diploma, along with the original-language document may be sent by email. The copy of the Diploma is not needed if the transcripts come through an approved credential evaluation agency (WES, AACRAO, ECE) listing the graduation date. Also, a copy of the diploma is not needed if the transcripts list the graduation date and degree conferred.
  • Secondary Documents: A copy of these Secondary Documents may be required where applicable.
    • Baccalaureate for the French system
    • Abitur Diploma for the German system 
    • A-level results for the British system
  • Summary of Educational Experience: Complete the educational summary form and submit to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • I-20 form: International students must obtain an I-20 form before applying for a visa. The requirements for obtaining an I-20 form are:
    • Academic acceptance
    • Payment of $3,000 advance deposit (not required for Mexico and Canada, $2000 for Summer 2013)
    • Submit the Estimated Budget Sheet showing evidence of financial resources for one academic year
    • A full semester payment in advance is required for citizens of Kenya and Ethiopia

Requirements are subject to change without notice and based on your country of origin

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.

Finances

To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

Next Steps

You can more about on application requirements, cohorts, and concentrations; or to request and application go to www.andrews.edu/dmin

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