It is a 32-credit doctoral-level professional program for people in active ministry who wish to develop advanced competencies. The program builds on a Master of Divinity degree or educational equivalent. There are 25 credits of coursework and the seven-credit professional dissertation which is integrated into the program. The credits are registered at eight credits a year. Much of the learning design is embedded in ministry activity and reflection. A two- or three-week contact teaching portion (referred to as an "intensive") within each module is presented at various North American sites; a longer intensive is often scheduled for international sites.
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A person should choose the best program available for their particular needs. Our program mission responds to the needs of Adventist ministry: "Prompted by the promise of Christ's soon return, the Doctor of Ministry program at Andrews University is designed to develop spiritually mature and responsible professionals in ministry for worldwide church leadership." We offer focused concentrations in key areas of ministry. Andrews is striving to be the best. Our graduates become part of an alumni community unique within our church, and our graduates have favored access to the intensives in DMin modules to advance their lifelong learning.
The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University offers one of the most rigorous options for a Doctor of Ministry degree. The first goal in our master plan is "Quality Education." We have taken several steps to assure quality:
The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.
Always check with the current bulletin for the appropriate admission requirements. In summary, they are:
The GPA is calculated on your MDiv or most recent graduate-level work. In the event that you have a masters degree and additional courses to satisfy the equivalency standard, the averaged GPA for all ministerial/theological graduate work applying to the equivalency is considered.
If your GPA is lower than 3.25 but not lower than 3.0 you may be considered for admission on a provisional basis. If your GPA is lower than 3.0 but not lower than 2.75 you may be considered for admission after satisfying the minimum 3.25 GPA for 9 graduate level ministerial/theological courses taken as remedial work prior to action on your application.
Begin the application process at least six months prior to the start of your anticipated first intensive; for international applicants, begin twelve months prior. No applications will be considered if begun less than 60 days prior to your first intensive. Please note that pre-intensive assignments must be completed prior to the first intensive, and before the project seminar, regardless of when your application process began.
There is a 56% reduction from the full AU doctoral tuition charge. Further, many unions and conferences assist--usually 1/3 each--with the already-reduced tuition. Some conferences or sponsoring entities may help with additional associated expenses such as travel, lodging and books. Assistance varies in diverse fields. International cohorts have contracted rates. Persons employed in health care or the military may have other sponsorship or assistance opportunities according to employers' policies.
Yes! The Andrews Doctor of Ministry welcomes spouses to participate in teaching intensives. They need to notify the Doctor of Ministry office that they will be present as attending spouses. There is no academic or CEU credit, but there is also no tuition fee for such an arrangement. Of course, additional travel, food, and lodging costs will be your responsibility.
Sorry! No. The exception is your spouse or a program graduate availing themselves of the life-long learning benefit the program provides. Exceptions may be made in certain circumstances only for participants who applied prior to the application deadline for a new cohort but whose application process has not been completed. The DMin office advises students whose application process is ongoing that guest student registration and participation does not guarantee acceptance, and the student assumes financial responsibility; thus, such attendance is "at their own risk."
Graduates of the Doctor of Ministry program may continue to take advantage of professional enrichment opportunities in the DMin program. Alumni may attend, at no additional charge, as many additional intensives as they wish. There will be no audit or CEU credits.
This benefit is also open to those who have completed the required number of module credits for a degree (25), but have not yet finished a professional dissertation. Alumni must notify the DMin office in advance.
You have six years to complete the program. Your official starting date is the semester containing the intensive of your first module. The program time limit is satisfied when your advisor and second reader confirm that your professional dissertation is ready for the defense event, and all course modules and seminars have final grades.
There is no separate project continuation fee within the six-year program limit. Persons who exceed the program time limit may petition for a one-year program extension, in which case registration and an extension fee are required each semester they remain in the program.
From the time your advisor and second reader notify the Doctor of Ministry office that your professional dissertation is ready for the defense event until your actual graduation is approximately ten months. Carefully review the announced completion deadline schedule posted on the Doctor of Ministry web site. It constitutes the current policy.
Yes, you can. You would begin from the start with the new cohort in your new concentration. Six years are allowed to complete the program, and the time limit will be reset with the start of your new concentration and cohort. It may be necessary to submit a new application if there is more than a three-semester lapse of program activity before starting with the new cohort. Registration with your new cohort will require financial clearance for all previous registrations. You will be expected to attend all modules with your new cohort, including GSEM706, GSEM790 and GSEM793. If you have received a grade of B or better for a module, including GSEM706, GSEM790 and GSEM793, you may retake them without registration or tuition charge. If the grade for the first time you took the module is below a B, you must re-register, and tuition for the repeat registraton will be charged. Courses more than ten years old will need to be updated, possibly with some additional current work.
Yes. Your educational experience is largely an outcome of relational learning dynamics with your cohort and group. For that reason you are required to go through the entire program with your cohort. Although you must attend the intensives, you will not be registered for modules you completed at an earlier date if you received a grade of B or better. However, you may be required to do any reading assignments not included in the earlier version of the module, and resubmit your project chapter as required during that module. All assignments for GSEM790 will be required to be submitted. If you have taken a module at an earlier date, but did not receive a B or better, you must be registered and pay current tuition rates. A module may be repeated only once in this manner, and course expiration/update rules apply for registrations that exceed time limits.
No, since the educational experience includes the relational contacts with your cohort and work group, you may not make such substitutions. You may attend and participate in other intensives as an alumnus once you have completed 25 coursework credits.
Intensives are required and the dates are announced long before you enroll for the program. You are required to attend each intensive, and generally, no excused absences are granted. Opportunities to take a missed course at a different time are limited by the four-year cycle of a concentration's curriculum, and in many cases a course may not be available again within the six-year program limit. If you should become seriously ill or a member of your immediate household is hospitalized requiring your attention, you may speak to your lead faculty and request approval to do further study to make up for limited contact time lost in the intensive. You will be required to fulfill the usual assignments for that module in your cohort, as arranged. Your lead faculty may suggest an independent study registration if several days of an intensive are missed. Independent study credits are limited in the program. Any exceptions to normal cohort attendance, participation or registration must be advised and approved by the program director.
Reasons students are dropped from the Doctor of Ministry program include (but are not limited to) missing an intensive, missing assignment due dates for a course module or the project seminar, exceeding the program timelines, voluntary withdrawal, failing to meet academic standards, or inactivity.
Program participants who are not United States citizens or permanent residents must make sure their immigration documents are in order before traveling to the United States each year for intensives. Current United States government policy requires a current I-20 document which is issued by Andrews at the student's initiative and must be renewed for each year's trip; and usually, a student visa is also required. You cannot be allowed to register for academic credits unless you have the proper documentation.
If 25 credits of course work have been completed (no grade below a B) with only the professional dissertation not completed, you may qualify to receive a post-graduate certificate. Persons who have left the program may reapply to start over from the beginning with a new cohort. Any previously completed courses with a grade of B or better that are included in the curriculum for the new cohort/concentration are not registered and charged again, if they are not more than ten years old by the time of graduation. However, you will be expected to attend and participate fully in all scheduled modules and courses with the new cohort. Note: according to University policy, all degree requirements are to be met within a total of ten years.