What is the Doctor of Ministry Program?

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

The Doctor of Ministry is a professional degree providing qualified students the opportunity to achieve a high level of excellence in the practice of ministry. The degree is built on prerequisites including a MDIV or master's degree in a ministry-related area from an ATS accredited institution, high intellectual achievement and professional capability, and substantial professional experience in ministry.



  • A master's degree in a ministry-related area from an ATS accredited college, university or seminary and demonstrate proficiency by meeting the established criteria outlined in the admission policies OR
  • MDiv degree from an ATS accredited college, university, or seminary
  • 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA 
  • 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. The Professional Doctoral Committee will approve exceptions at the time of admission. 
  • Current, permanent vocational ministry position


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Program Elements (12 hours)

Program Overview Workshop 2 hours

Mid-Career Assessment 2 hours

Project Design Workshop 2 hours

Project Implementation and Writing 6 hours


Specialization Seminars (9 hours)

3 Required @ 3 hours each


Elective Seminars (9 hours)

3 Seminars @ 3 hours each chosen from the over 80 Seminars offered in the ProDoc program


Proficiency Seminars* (6 hours)

2 Seminars @ 3 hours each,
For applicants without an MDiv Degree; specific seminar options determined by ProDoc Administrators

*NOTE Proficiency Seminars must be successfully completed by the Mid-Career Assessment Workshop.

TOTAL: 36 hours


*Advanced Standing. Students with an MDiv from an ATS accredited institution will be granted advanced standing and the two proficiency seminars waived (6 hours).


Doctoral Admissions Counselor
Office Direct Line: 504-282-4455 ext 8273
Email: doctoraladmissions@nobts.edu
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