Doctor of Ministry

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NTSW joins with New York Theological Seminary to offer the Doctor of Ministry (DMin), an advanced professional degree appropriate for clergy and lay leaders with significant ministry experience who desire to deepen and improve their ministries through a disciplined and integrative process of action, reflection, and research. The primary objective is to develop professional competencies, critical skills for reflection on ministry, the capacity for focused advanced theological research and interpretation, and appropriate interpersonal skills for service in specific, constituency-based contexts. The program places considerable emphasis upon developing effective ministries of personal and social transformation in the context of a multicultural, globalizing, and urbanizing world.

The approach to learning in the DMin is participatory, interdisciplinary, collaborative, and dialogical. Through the study of Scripture, religion and theology, ethics, the social sciences (sociology, history, politics, political economy, psychology, and counseling), and the arts of ministry, students and faculty from diverse contexts are mutually engaged in creating opportunities for critical and imaginative forms of ministry and mission.

An important feature of the program is its emphasis upon collegiality. Peer relationships with other students and close working relationships with faculty are expected to be developed. A commitment to mutual respect, trust, and cooperation is nurtured throughout the program. This commitment to collegiality is extended beyond the immediate participants of the classroom to those with whom the candidate is involved in ministry through the formation of a Site Team, which is a committee of persons selected from the context of the student’s ministry that works with the student for the duration of his/her program. Equally important is a commitment to the creation of pastoral leadership and identity, particularly as a practice of spiritual formation, through critical analysis, evaluation, and assessment.

The design of the program is based on the recognition that students are fully engaged in ministry. Toward this end, the Seminary has made provisions to accommodate the particular constraints under which the students may operate, even as it encourages students to improve their knowledge and skills and continue with their existing professional responsibilities. The DMin requires a minimum of three years to complete, and in all cases candidates are expected to complete their programs within six years of their matriculation.

Basic Admissions Requirements

  • Master of Divinity, or an equivalent degree(s)
  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA from a Master of Divinity degree
  • Strong congregational connection, preferably ordained
  • Minimum of 3 years since graduating from an M. Div. degree program
  • Additional requirements may be requested

Timeline (Dates/Times)

Year 1 – Three 1-week intensives

  • October 17-21, 2016
  • February 6-10, 2017
  • June 5-9, 2017


  • Year 1 $6,750.00
  • Year 2 $5,750.00
  • Year 3 $4,200.00
  • May include additional fees.

Scholarships may apply towards 1st year tuition through New Theological Seminary of the West, and financial aid for the 2nd & 3rd years tuition through New York Theological Seminary.










For more information contact:

Brian S. Gaeta–Symonds
Director of Admissions
New Theological Seminary of the West
Phone: (562) 674-8407