Seminary Academics

DMin in Urban Ministry Program Requirements

Online and Intensive Study, 36 credits

The first 36 credits of this DMin program are completed through online and intensive coursework. Your cohort will meet online over a 10-week period prior to a five-day intensive study together in a major American city. It will take approximately three years to complete.

Students entering the DMin in Spring will follow this schedule:

  • Online Coursework beings April
  • Intensive I: Race and Ethnicity in the American Urban Context
    • Chicago, June
    • 12 credits
  • Intensive II: Toward a Theology of Urban Ministry
    • Los Angeles/Pasadena, June
    • 12 credits
  • Intensive III: The Practice of Urban Ministry
    • Chicago, June
    • 12 credits

Independent Study Project, 4 credits

Following three years of cohort study, you will work with your professor to select and attend a conference or denominational gathering, or to choose another appropriate experience, related to an urban ministry leadership topic. Together, you’ll develop a reading list and writing project in conjunction with this event or experience.

Doctoral Project, 8 credits

After completing the core coursework, you will begin writing a doctoral research project focusing on your ministry passion and interests. Your doctoral project will take two-to-three years to complete, culminating in a 125–175 page paper that represents your learning and theological reflection, and responds to a significant issue in ministry. A doctoral project handbook will guide you through this project, along with support from program faculty.

Program Completion Requirements

Students entering the program with a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree (or its equivalent) from an approved school must complete 48 credits for this doctoral degree. The full program, including the writing project, should take approximately five to seven years.

Students entering with a Master of Arts of a theological nature of at least 48 semester units (72 quarter units) from an accredited institution should contact Seminary Admissions for more information on credit and course requirements for this doctor of ministry program.