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Professional Doctoral Program Admissions 

Apply for the Professional Doctoral Program in four steps:

  1. Complete Inquiry Form
  2. Submit transcripts
  3. Submit application packet
  4. Phone interview and final approval

STEP #1

Complete the Inquiry Form.

General Requirements: 

  • 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA - Enrollment with probation may be granted for GPA's from 2.75 - 2.99 contingent upon satisfactory completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • 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. 

DEdMin Prerequisites: 

  • Possess a theological, ministerial or professional master's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution. 
  • Transcripts must include hours in biblical and theological studies, organizational leadership/administration, instructional theory and practice, and educational foundations. Students may be required to complete additional studies for admission. 
  • DEdMin program details click here.

DMin Prerequisites:

  • An MDiv (Master of Divinity) degree from an ATS accredited college, university, or seminary, or its equivalent, OR 
  • A masters degree in a ministry-related area of an accredited college, university or seminary and demonstrate proficiency by meeting the established criteria outlined in the admission policies found in Step#3. 
  • DMin program details click here.

  STEP #2

Upon receiving an email response to the inquiry form, submit the official transcript(s) of your master's degree(s). 

  • If you do not have a qualifying master's degree, submit all official transcripts reflecting any of your master's level credits. 

STEP #3

Upon receiving an emailed application packet from the Office of Professional Doctoral Programs, submit the following:

  • Application
  • Official graduate transcript(s)
  • A photo
  • An autobiographical essay
  • A statement of church endorsement
  • A health statement, immunization form, and TB form
  • Personal, Church Leader, and Academic references
  • Criminal Background Check 
  • Completion of English as a second language requirements (international students only)
  • Application Fee

If you do not have an MDiv, in addition to the above please complete the following:

Admission into the DMin program will require an accredited master's degree in a ministry-related area and significant ministry experience. Applicants without an accredited Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree or its equivalent may be admitted, provided they demonstrate specific ministerial proficiencies. Additional documents will be required to meet this criteria. 

(a) the ability to thoughtfully interpret scripture and the theological tradition of one’s ministry context,  

(b) the capacity to understand and adapt one’s ministry to the cultural context,  

(c) a basic self-understanding of one’s ministerial identity and vocational calling,  

(d) a readiness to engage in ongoing personal and spiritual formation for one’s ministry,  

(e) an accredited master’s degree (or its educational equivalent) in an area related to one’s ministry setting or vocational calling, and  

(f) significant ministerial experience that enables the applicant to engage as a ministry peer with other students in this advanced professional doctorate. 

The proficiencies will be measured using the following criteria: 

A = Graduate Biblical Studies/Theological paper 

B = Autobiographical Essay (outline provided)

C = Personal inventory 

D = Transcript Evaluation 

E = Professional Resume (template)

Proficiency Verification to confirm all criteria (for applicants without MDiv or MDiv Equivalency), approved by the ProDoc Committee. 

 

STEP #4

The final step is a phone interview with one of our program directors. Once the interview is complete and all documents submitted you will be presented to the Professional Doctoral Program Oversight Committee for final approval. 


 

Important Dates

Winter Trimester
Spring Trimester
Fall Trimester
Application Deadlines August 1 December 1 April 1
Registration  October 1-22 February 1-22 June 1-22
Tuition Due October 22 February 22 June 22
Trimester Dates Dec. 1 - March 31 April 1-July 31 Aug. 1 - Nov. 30
 

 

 

 



Contact

Samantha Graham

Administrative Assistant for Recruitment & Faculty Support

Office: 1-800-662-8701 ext. 3726

Email: prodocasst@nobts.edu

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