What is the Doctor of Ministry Program?

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

The Doctor of Ministry is a professional degree providing qualified students the opportunity to achieve a high level of excellence in the practice of ministry. The degree is built on prerequisites including a MDIV or master's degree in a ministry-related area from an ATS accredited institution, high intellectual achievement and professional capability, and substantial professional experience in ministry.



  • A master's degree in a ministry-related area from an ATS accredited college, university or seminary and demonstrate proficiency by meeting the established criteria outlined in the admission policies OR
  • MDiv degree from an ATS accredited college, university, or seminary
  • 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA 
  • Substantial ministry experience: Normally, full-time vocational ministry experience of at least three years is the minimum requirement. Exceptions can be made considering a combination of age, part-time and/or co-vocational ministry, and combined length and scope of service. The Professional Doctoral Committee will approve exceptions at the time of admission. 
  • Current, permanent vocational ministry position


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Program Elements (12 hours)

Program Overview Workshop 2 hours

Mid-Career Assessment 2 hours

Project Design Workshop 2 hours

Project Implementation and Writing 6 hours


Specialization Seminars (9 hours)

3 Required @ 3 hours each


Elective Seminars (9 hours)

3 Seminars @ 3 hours each chosen from the over 80 Seminars offered in the ProDoc program


Proficiency Seminars* (6 hours)

2 Seminars @ 3 hours each,
For applicants without an MDiv Degree; specific seminar options determined by ProDoc Administrators

*NOTE Proficiency Seminars must be successfully completed by the Mid-Career Assessment Workshop.

TOTAL: 36 hours


*Advanced Standing. Students with an MDiv from an ATS accredited institution may be granted advanced standing and have the two proficiency seminars waived (6 hours).


Doctoral Admissions Counselor
Office Direct Line: 504-282-4455 ext 8273
Email: doctoraladmissions@nobts.edu
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