What is a Doctor of Ministry degree at Asbury Seminary?

Asbury’s D.Min. program offers a professional degree to women and men who are currently in ministry and plan to continue serving God and neighbor “in the field.” Interaction with faculty, peers, course readings and front-line guest speakers contribute to your experience, as well as immersion trips and leadership exercises outside the classroom. We provide you with practical ways to connect learning with your unique ministry context.

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

All it takes is a little planning. Asbury Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry Program is shaped around pastors currently in ministry.

  • Campus Visits. The Doctor of Ministry Program can be completed in as few as three years. Campus visits include one two-week visit annually, plus a colloquium and graduation visit. In the third year of study, participants travel to a location of the cohort’s choice for an immersion learning experience.
  • A Cohort Process. You will engage in four cohort seminars during your three years, staged as progressive learning conversations. One Day a Week. Most leaders will need to dedicate 8-10 hours weekly to pursue doctoral studies.
  • Nine Months per Course. Course preparation begins at home 90-120 days before campus-based residency. Post-session fieldwork lasts 120 days following, making each course experience seven to nine months. You will receive pre-course information no less than 90 days prior to the beginning of class.
  • Classroom Plus. Three annual residencies occur on campus, two weeks each.


Is housing available during my campus visit?

Yes, our campus hotel, the Asbury Inn, and a number of apartment-style housing units 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?

Students journey through the program as a group of 15-20 people who travel, study and share experiences together. 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.


What if I want to start earlier than the cohort in which I’m interested?

Cohort launch dates are projected several years in advance. If enough students register to make a cohort viable (15 people), the D.Min. team will approach faculty about an earlier start.


What are the Program Level Outcomes?

These outcomes reflect both promises we make to you and goals we set for you.

  1. Revisit foundations for sustainable ministry.
    • Being immersed in explicit Wesleyan practices of community-based formation around the priorities of scripture, reason, tradition and experience, participants will discover transformational habits for sustainable ministry lifestyles.
  2. Foster ministry leadership vision, ethic and practice relevant to their ministry context and world. 
    • By deeply engaging in analysis of one significant theme from their unique ministry context, participants establish a trajectory for life-long contribution.
  3. Appreciate transformational demands within contemporary ministry organizational contexts such as congregations, non-profits and marketplace engagements through various analytic means of biblical, theological, social and cultural exegesis.
    • Participants must add to their biblical and theological exegesis, cultural-situational exegesis that informs ministry leadership practice on a daily basis.
  4. Demonstrate a self-directed capacity to incorporate a variety of holistically sustaining practices into their lives – expressed in the completion of Leadership Formation Portfolio exercises.

The “Action-Reflection” emphasis consistently and creatively invites you to match your formational priorities with a vigorous prophetic and missiological relevance equal to the times in which we live. To this end, you will develop scholarly transformation projects within your own contexts.