Why should I pursue 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 many hours is your D.Min. degree?
The D.Min. degree at Asbury Seminary is 30 credit hours. Each course is 2 credit hours, and the Ministry Transformation Project (a.k.a. dissertation) represents 6 credit hours.
Students take two, week-long intensive courses each summer and fall for three years. The dissertation-project is interwoven throughout the student’s academic journey.
- Summer, on campus: DM910A and DM[Seminar]1A = 4 hours
- Fall, online: DM910B and DM[Seminar]1B = 4 hours
- Ministry Transformation Project, Phase 1 = 2 hours
- Summer, on campus: DM911A and DM[Seminar]2A = 4 hours
- Fall, online: DM911B and DM[Seminar]2B = 4 hours
- Ministry Transformation Project, Phase 2 = 2 hours
- Summer, online: DM[Seminar]3A and DM[Seminar]4A = 4 hours
- Fall, immersion experience: DM[Seminar]3B and DM[Seminar]4B = 4 hours
- Ministry Transformation Project, Phase 3 = 2 hours
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. Residencies 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 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 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, which are two weeks each.
Is housing available during my campus visit?
Yes, our campus hotel, the Asbury Inn & Suites, is available for students at a discounted rate during course visits. There are also bed & breakfast options in Wilmore, as well as hotels in the neighboring city of Nicholasville.
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 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 also participate in site visits with students.
Can I teach in higher education (e.g., at a college or university) with a D.Min. degree?
Earning a D.Min. degree does not automatically qualify you to teach in higher education. Each institution has its own policies and standards for faculty; they vary across the United States and internationally. The best way to answer this question is to ask it of the institution at which you desire to teach.