Professional Doctoral Program Admissions 


General Requirements: 

  • Applicants must have a qualifying master's degree. Applicants with degrees from a non-accredited school may be considered on a case-by-case evaluation.
  • 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.
  • Current, permanent vocational ministry position
  • The Professional Doctoral Committee will approve exceptions at the time of admission. 

DEdMin Prerequisites: 

Admission to the DEdMin degree requires a ministry-related or professional master's degree from an accredited institution degree or supplemental transcripts should include hours in biblical and theological studies, organizational leadership and administration, instructional theory and practice, and/or educational foundations. Applicants with degrees from a non-accredited school may be considered on a case-by-case evaluation.

  • Applicants may be required to complete additional studies for admission or take proficiency seminars as part of the degree program.
  • Applicants will be evaluated according to specific submitted documents (i.e. GPA, Writing Assessment, Entrance Interview, Ministry Experience, and Spiritual Maturity)
  • Students will follow the outlined application steps for the Professional Doctoral Program.
  • DEdMin program details click here .

DMin Prerequisites:

  • An MDiv (Master of Divinity) degree from an ATS accredited college, university, or seminary, OR
  • A master’s degree in a ministry-related area of an ATS accredited college, university or seminary and demonstrate proficiency by meeting the established criteria outlined in the Doctor of Ministry Handbook’s Admission policies .
  • Applicants with degrees from a non-accredited school may be considered on a case-by-case evaluation.
  • DMin program details click here.
  • While the MDiv is the standard qualifying degree, applicants without an accredited MDiv degree may be admitted provided they demonstrate specific ministerial proficiencies:
    • the ability to thoughtfully interpret scripture and the theological tradition of one's ministry context,
    • the capacity to understand and adapt one's ministry to the cultural context,
    • the basic self-understanding of one's ministerial identity and vocational calling,
    • a readiness to engage in ongoing personal and spiritual formation for one's ministry,
    • an accredited master's degree in an area related to one's ministry setting or vocational calling, and
    • significant ministerial experience that enables the applicant to engage as a ministry peer with other students in this advanced professional doctorate.

PDC Prerequisites:

  • A Professional Degree from an ATS accredited college, university, or seminary
  • No ministry position required
  • PDC program details click here.



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Additional Admissions Information:

Important Dates

Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Summer Semester
Semester Dates August 14 - December 8 January 16 - May 10 May 20 - July 31
Registration  March 22 - April 14 October 22 - November 14 March 22 - April 14
Application Deadline July 1 December 1 April 1
Tuition Due August 11 January 12 May 17





Doctoral Admissions Counselor
Office Direct Line: 504-282-4455 ext 8273
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