Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Oblate School of Theology offers the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Degree in practical theology with different concentrations, including Spirituality and Ministry, Spiritual Formation in the Local Community, U.S. Hispanic/Latino Ministry, African American Pastoral Leadership, and Pastoral Leadership. The DMin degree, building upon the Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent, expands the mission of the school by offering accredited theological and ministerial preparation and training through this terminal professional degree. In each concentration, the DMin curriculum advances the professional competency of experienced ministers in today’s Church who seek to serve the ecclesial community while remaining attentive to the signs of the times.
DMin Concentration in Spirituality and Ministry
The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Concentration in Spirituality and Ministry is a degree in practical theology with a concentration in spirituality and ministry. The doctoral-level courses focus on enhancing the understanding and practice of ministry through exploration of traditional and contemporary movements in Christian spirituality.This program can be taken in two forms: 1) On a semester basis for residential or commuter students; 2) On an intensive basis, for distance education students.
Enhance the understanding and practice of ministry through doctoral level pastoral theological education.
1. The candidate must successfully complete thirty doctoral hours (36 for Spirituality and Ministry Concentration). A maximum of six applicable doctoral hours, earned within the last ten years, may be transferred into the DMin Program at the discretion of the Program Director.
2. A student must pass each course. Incomplete or insufficient work for a course or other curricular component may be grounds for probation or dismissal.
3. Professional ethical conduct required by a student’s denomination is presumed throughout the DMin Program. Violation of these principles may be grounds for probation or dismissal.
4. The minimum time for degree completion is three years; the normal maximum time for completion is six years after matriculation. The expected time of completion is 5 years.
5. Upon acceptance of the student’s Doctoral Project by the Doctoral Project Committee and with the assistance of the DMin Administration, a student makes arrangements for an oral presentation to the OST faculty, students, and invited guests. The oral presentation normally requires a student’s presence on campus. Satisfactory completion of this presentation is one of the final requirements before conferral of the degree.
Application for Candidacy
Acceptance into the Doctor of Ministry Program does not imply acceptance to Candidacy for the degree. Upon admission, the administrators of the DMin program guide a student through the program requirements. Normally, once a student completes all course work (except Doctoral Project I and II), the DMin Administration assists the student with the creation of his/her Doctoral Project Committee (DPC) and the student writes his/her doctoral proposal under the DPC’s guidance. Candidacy status is conferred upon the student whose doctoral project proposal has been accepted by his/her DPC. A student must petition in writing for doctoral candidacy in conjunction with the DPC’s approval of the proposal. (Additional information and policies regarding doctoral candidacy and the Doctoral Project Committee will be made available in the DMin Handbook, which is presented at orientation.)
30 Credit Hours Required/36 for Spirituality and Ministry Concentration
(The second digit of the course number designates the number of credit hours.)
Core Curriculum for all DMin Students
PTC 8301 Use of Social Sciences in Practical Theology
PTC 8302 Practical Theology as Critical Reflection on Particular Contexts
PTC 8303 Hermeneutics of Scripture in Ministry
PTC 8304 Theological Integration for Ministry Seminar
PSC 9601 Doctoral Project I
PSC 9602 Doctoral Project II
PSC 9001 Proposal Writing
Areas of Concentration
Spiritual Formation in the Local Community
PTF 8305 Faith Development
PTF 8306 Spirituality and Culture
U.S. Hispanic/Latino Ministry
PTH 8305 Contemporary Issues in Hispanic/Latino Ministry
PTH 8306 Contemporary Hispanic/Latino Spiritualities
African American Pastoral Leadership
PTA 8305 Contemporary Issues in African American Ministry
PTA 8306 Contemporary African American Spiritualities
Spirituality and Ministry
PTS 8305/DSC 7301 History of Christian Spirituality
PTS 8306/DSC 7303 Contemporary Spirituality
PTS 8307/DSC 7302 Hermeneutics of Religious Experience
In this concentration the student completes the core curriculum and any two concentration-specific courses as listed above.