Why should I consider Asbury Theological Seminary for my Doctor of Ministry degree?

The Christian faith rests on the personal self-revelation of God in Jesus Christ. Therefore, the philosophy of education at Asbury Seminary begins with the Christian faith that centers in God as revealed in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ and as witnessed in the Holy Scriptures by the Holy Spirit.

While Asbury Seminary stands within the Wesleyan tradition and holds to a clearly defined statement of faith, the faculty are committed to academic freedom. Central to all academic work at the Seminary are two commitments: the first to Jesus Christ as sovereign Lord and the second to the pursuit of truth as a corporate and personal vocation.

Faculty members are committed to objective study and discussion of all theological opinions, and the Seminary regards liberty of conscience as an important dimension of theological and personal integrity.

What are the core values of the Doctor of Ministry Program?

  • Renew your entire framework within the Wesleyan community around the priorities of scripture, reason, tradition and experience.
  • Retool your understanding of biblical and theological studies to include a cultural and situational understanding that informs leadership on a daily basis, equipping you to have an impact that leaves a legacy.
  • Refuel your leadership vision and ethic relevant to your ministry context through a cohort-based collegial track emphasis that includes contextual learning through an immersion experience.

What is a Doctor of Ministry degree?

Asbury Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry degree is designed as a professional degree, as opposed to an academic degree. Our degree has been designed within a growth-centered context of peer learning that includes interaction with both faculty and students. As part of this degree, leaders find structured times of reflection, retooling and rebuilding for increased personal and professional effectiveness. We desire that our graduates will engage in fruitful Christian ministry and have created our degree to sharpen intellectual and spiritual integrity in a professional environment. We seek to allow our students a practical way to apply what they are learning in the classroom within their ministry context. Therefore, each course requires application in a practical ministry setting. We require pre-session course reading, case study and development exercises and field-based projects. This integration of classroom and practice assists the learner in applying their learning within their ministry context. The capstone of the program is a final ministry-related project and dissertation that will demonstrate the scholarly application of theory to the community of academic colleagues and ministry peers.

What payment options are available?

We offer a payment plan and scholarships through the Beeson Scholar Program.

How can I fit a Doctor of Ministry degree into my busy life?

Asbury Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry Program is shaped around pastors currently in ministry. Our program is designed for pastors and church leaders who cannot leave their area of ministry for extended study. The coursework is adaptable and contextual to current ministry. Cohorts visit the campus for two to four weeks each year, depending on the selected track. The program is designed to be completed in three years.

Does the Doctor of Ministry program offer online degree programs?

All courses include a residency requirement, but there are online aspects that are completed before and after each visit. We believe this fosters a community that is unique to Asbury Theological Seminary.

Is housing available during my campus visit?

Our campus hotel, the Asbury Inn, and a number of apartment-style housing are available for students during course visits.

I understand that Asbury Seminary’s D.Min. Program is taught in a cohort model. How does this model work?

A cohort is a group of students who go through an experience together. Students begin and journey through the program as a group of 15-20 people who travel, study and share experiences together throughout the Doctor of Ministry experience. During your stay with us, you will attend class, participate in site visits that reinforce classroom learning and interact with faculty, both in and out of the classroom.  Professors participate in site visits with students, interact with students on breaks and have posted office hours in order to be easily accessible to students.

How are courses conducted?

The course experience includes a week-long intensive, preceded by pre-session course reading and post-session assignments. You will receive pre-course information no less than 90 days prior to the beginning of class. After the class, you will have 90 days to complete course work.

What opportunities are available for study and travel abroad?

Immersion experiences are critical to the completion of a formative learning experience. The Doctor of Ministry Program sponsors trips, events and travel experiences that get learners involved in church models, ministerial contexts and culturally diverse locales that allow an enriched learning experience. These immersive learning experiences become critical times for conversation, debriefing and contextualizing learning.

What does the Doctor of Ministry research project look like?

The student must satisfactorily complete a research-project that is based on a ministry project. The project must reflect the student’s ability to appropriate theoretical and theological resources in understanding the issues or problems, and the ability to develop a method for the resolution of the issue or problem. Thus, the dissertation is an integrative experience in which there is an interface of theory and practice in ministry.

The research project is completed as you go—one chapter for each class! The project results in a publishable article.

When is the application deadline?

We request that students submit all application documents no later than three months before the applicant’s intended matriculation. Applications may be submitted online. Once admitted, the admission is good for a full year. For example, if you are admitted for July 2013, you have until July 2014 to matriculate. To be considered for a scholarship, all application materials must be submitted by October 1.

Students will receive acceptance letters and scholarship invitations by January 15.

How much does it cost?

See Tuition and Fees.

What payment options are available?

We offer a payment plan and scholarships through the Beeson Scholar Program.

How do I enroll?

We have made our application available online.

How can I arrange a campus visit?

We invite all prospective students to schedule a campus visit at Asbury Theological Seminary. Register two weeks before you would like to visit to allow us to best prepare for you. Be sure your visit is confirmed prior to making travel arrangements. Please note: These visits are subject to faculty/counselor availability.

What do I do if I have additional questions regarding admissions?

For information on application and admissions requirements, contact the D.Min. Admissions Team at or 859.858.2003.

Contact Us

Tom Tumblin, Dean, Beeson International Center
Milton Lowe, Director of Networks, Beeson International Center

Ellen L. Marmon, Ph.D. D.Min. Director, Beeson International Center
Associate Professor of Christian Discipleship

Milton Lowe, Director of Networks, Beeson International Center.