Admission Requirements & Procedures
The Admissions Process
We are grateful for your interest in the Doctor of Ministry program. Our purpose is to provide structured advanced training in ministry by equipping students with needed competencies and leadership skills. The program engages qualified people in an active learning environment so that they may reach advanced levels of ministry effectiveness.
When accepted into the Doctor of Ministry program you have all the privileges of other students at Andrews University. These services will help you complete your program sucessfully and include Internet access to library offerings throughout your program as well as use of the campus facilities when in Berrien Springs.
You will want to review the admission requirements:
- Hold the Master of Divinity degree or an equivalent. If needed, we will provide an individual analysis of your graduate work to determine if it is an acceptable equivalent.
- Have a GPA of at least 3.25 for graduate work.
- Demonstrate high professional and personal potential for the gospel ministry.
- Have an equivalent of at least three years of experience in ministry subsequent to the first graduate theological degree.
- Supply satisfactory recommendations from your conference president, a pastoral colleague, and a local elder (a total of three recommendations from specific individuals is required). The recommendation forms are in your application package.
- 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.
- Complete the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF)
- Applicants from faiths other than Seventh-day Adventist will 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.
Application instructions are given in detail in the University Bulletin.
Telephone 1-800-253-2874 or 1-269-471-6321; email email@example.com; or write Andrews University Graduate Admissions, 4150 Administration Drive, Berrien Springs, Michigan, 49104, to ask for a bulletin and Doctor of Ministry application package. You should apply at least 6 months before you expect to begin course work. If you live outside North America you should begin the application process 12 months before you anticipate the intensive in your first module. No applications will be considered if begun less than 45 days prior to the first intensive.
You will have to follow certain procedures; fill out an application, submit an application fee, provide a statement of purpose, provide recommendations, and arrange for transcripts to be sent to Andrews University. If English is not your first language you will need to give proof of proficiency. That can be done by giving evidence of completion of the ninth through twelfth grades, or four years in and graduation from a college or university, or completion of a graduate program in a school where English is the language of instruction. You can also prove proficiency by a score of 550 or higher on the written TOEFL or a score of 213 or higher on the computer-based TOEFL—Test of English as a Foreign Language. Courses in a language other than English may be available.
Since the DMin program is a 32-credit program generally offered in a cohort format, we do not offer permission-to-take classes status. Enroll early!
A program participant enters the Doctor of Ministry program to pursue a degree in a specific concentration together with a group of colleagues. These groups are called "cohorts." Each cohort is assigned a coordinator by the Doctor of Ministry Committee who communicates with the Doctor of Ministry office and applies the registration and financial procedures for the group. Your coordinator will work closely with you on issues such as your degree equivalency and financial arrangements. He/she will help you through each of the steps in application for the program and course registration.
Here are the steps you need to take:
- Call Andrews University Enrollment Services at 1-800-253-2874. Ask for a bulletin, a DMin application package, and financial aid application forms if you are seeking financial aid. You may email firstname.lastname@example.org if you cannot access the toll-free call from your country. Application forms are also available on the DMin website.
- Complete the forms in the enrollment package and return them with a paper that demonstrates your writing ability and clarifies your purpose for seeking the degree, written in the language of instruction.
- Send out your recommendation requests.
- Wait for notification of acceptance. You may ask for the program planner from the Doctor of Ministry office (ext. 3544 or email@example.com) or obtain it from the DMin website (www.doctorofministry.com). You may not register for modules until you are accepted into the Doctor of Ministry program.
- The Doctor of Ministry Committee will vote on applications when the Admissions office provides the completed documentation to the Doctor of Ministry office.
- The Doctor of Ministry office will inform you and the Admissions office of your academic acceptance.
- You may consult with the Doctor of Ministry office for advice about your program plan and to register for your modules. The Doctor of Ministry office will send the registrations to the registrar's office with appropriate information.
- Andrews University has several options available to you for paying your bill. Read the Doctor of Ministry Program Guidelines on Student Financial Plans carefully, then contact the student finance office. You may go online at www.andrews.edu/SF/ to contact the student finance office and determine which option is best for you, or contact them directly at 1-800-253-2874, ext. 3333.
Application of program policy time limits:
A maximum of six years is allowed to complete the program, starting from the term in which the first course is registered. An extension of one additional year may be considered upon submission of a petition to the DMin Committee.
Tuition for DMin project continuation during a granted year of extension will be equal to the rate for one doctoral-level credit per semester.
Course module credits will be maintained for those participants who have left the program and are re-admitted. Re-applicants will be accepted for a specific time period voted by the program committee. A participant who is re-admitted may be required to repeat any earned project/dissertation and research or project/dissertation proposal seminar credits at full tuition. Re-applicants may need to submit a new project proposal for approval.
Participants in the program may expect to receive a letter in their fifth and sixth years, reminding them of these policies and clarifying that no further letters are to be sent. When a petition for a one-year extension is granted by the program committee, the project must be ready for assessment at the end of the one-year extension, with such an assessment scheduled. In the case that it is not, the participant may dropped without further communication.
We have an important admissions policy we want you to read:
Admission to the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary is granted irrespective of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, or disability. The Seminary is owned and financed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is a community of committed Christians who collectively confess the Christian faith and seek to experience its meaning in worship and practical life. Most of its students are members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church; however, no declaration of confessional allegiance is required for admission. Students who meet academic requirements, whose lifestyle and character are in harmony with the purposes of the Seminary, and who express willingness to cooperate with general university policies may be admitted. Admission to the university, however, is a privilege rather than a right and may be withheld or withdrawn by the university at its discretion.
Students are expected to maintain the religious, social, and cultural atmosphere of the Seminary and to order their lives in harmony with its mission and purposes. The seminary community endeavors to maintain an atmosphere of mutual support and acceptance that is congenial to personal adjustment and social development. In the course of their preparation for the ministry, students are called upon to participate in the lives and worship of the surrounding churches. Because of this role, students are expected to be sensitive to the values of others and exemplary in appearance and actions.
Are you concerned with finances? If you are employed as a pastor or other denominational leader by the Seventh-day Adventist church you will be able to afford it! Talk to your ministerial director or other conference leader about the financial assistance available, obtain the Doctor of Ministry Student Financial Plans Guidelines, and request a financial information package from Andrews University Student Financial Services, or go online at www.andrews.edu/SF/.
We look forward to seeing you soon at Andrews or one of our teaching sites!