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Program Overview

The mission of the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Church Leadership is to provide advanced theological instruction with application to contextualized ministry, to enhance competency of localized ministry needs, to equip scholarly leaders to meet the needs of congregations and Christian ministries, and to develop students mentally and spiritually in their vocational callings. 

Program Highlights

  • The program can be completed 100% online. No residency requirement.
  • Customizable dissertation projects to fit your calling and ministry under the mentorship of experienced faculty
  • All textbooks and course materials are included with the cost of tuition – students NEVER pay for a textbook!
  • A free laptop is included in the first course.
  • Free virtual healthcare.
  • Includes a turnkey program price with tuition at $799/cr. and no hidden fees.
  • Includes access to an industry-leading software platform designed to guide students through the dissertation process.
  • Students can transfer up to 30 credit hours towards this 60 credit hour degree.

Admission Criteria


  1. A conferred master’s degree from a regionally accredited university or seminary
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, or higher, on a four-point scale in all graduate coursework;
  3. Three years, or more, of industry experience in the selected field of study;
  4. Official master's transcript(s)
  5. Program admission application;
  6. Program admission essay*
  7. Current resume/cv
  8. Two letters of reference (i.e. pastoral, academic, peer-minister, etc.)


  1. A preferred degree a Master of Divinity or master’s degree in the field of ministry from a regionally accredited university or seminary
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.5, or higher, on a four-point scale in all graduate coursework;
  3. Five years, or more, of ministry experience
  4. Official master's transcript(s)

*Program admission essay is an opportunity to demonstrate to the committee why you wish to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of the Southwest and showcase graduate-level writing abilities for their consideration. The essay should be 1,000-1,500 words explaining what you hope to achieve by pursuing a doctoral degree, the personal strengths that will help you succeed in a doctoral program, and describe how obtaining a DMin will help you institute a positive impact for the Kingdom of God.

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