The Professional Doctoral Degree is a practical, ministry-focused degree designed to equip pastors, missionaries, and key church leaders and parachurch leaders with ministry tools for service in today’s complex and challenging world. Our focus is the development of advanced ministry skills, strategies, and theology for solving problems and building Christ-honoring ministries.
Where can this degree take me?
The DMin degree is designed to enhance the professional competence of those already engaged in full-time ministry. It is an in-service program, enabling students to complete the degree while taking minimal time away. As such, the purpose of this degree is the deepening of one’s current vocation rather than preparation for a future career.
What will I study?
Since the DMin is not designed to be a residential program, all classes are offered in one-week intensive class sessions. Each year classes are held on the Deerfield campus, typically in March, July, and November. Non-residential courses may include those taken in conjunction with a ministry conference or event in a wrap-around format. There also exists the potential for courses to be taken in partnership with other doctoral programs at Trinity, such as our PhD programs.
Each student is required to complete 36 semester hours of work as follows:
Special Instructions for International Applicants
You’ll need to meet the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations in obtaining an F-1 (student) visa. This requires additional admissions information and paperwork. International applicants whose first language is not English must also submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
All international DMin program students, including Visiting DMin students and students from Canada, are now required to enter the United States with an F-1 visa. DMin residential students (i.e. living in or near Deerfield and taking semester-length courses) must comply with the same visa requirements as other program residential applicants (see Admissions section).
DMin nonresidential students (i.e., commuting to the Deerfield Campus on a course-by-course basis) must also obtain an F-1 visa. Students who enter the United States to pursue the Doctor of Ministry degree without the F-1 visa potentially jeopardize their ability to complete the degree and reenter the United States. F-1 visas will remain valid as long as reentry into the United States for the purposes of study occurs at least once every five (5) months. A new visa will be required if reentry does not occur within this time period. Hence, full-time progress for DMin international nonresidential students is defined as taking at least one course in each of the three sessions (Fall, Spring, Summer) per year.