Students must have a Masters degree or its equivalency. An equivalency consists of documented training beyond a bachelor’s degree that is equivalent in hours and requirements to a Masters Degree.
A completed Ubiquity University Admissions Application must be filed with the Office of Admissions.
- Students are encouraged to belong to an academic research library in the area in which they live.
The DMin Program includes 40 semester credits plus a dissertation that should be completed within a period of five years from initiation of study. Extensions for a variety of personal, family and professional reasons are allowed. We are mindful that all our students are professionals with numerous obligations and responsibilities, and we are prepared to work with each student to ensure that there is enough time to complete the course of study and the dissertation. Applications for Continuation must be submitted to the Dean of Doctoral Studies when a student requires additional time over the five years.
Each completed five-day Intensive or Pilgrimage counts as 4 credits, and each weekend intensive counts as 2 credits toward any Ubiquity University degree. Online courses and Virtual Retreats may count as 2 credits or 4 credits. Forty credits of class attendance are required for a DMin degree. An additional 14 credits are awarded for the preparation of the dissertation itself, for a total of 54 credits required for the DMin degree.
Half of the course credits must be in-person learning experiences (Intensives or Pilgrimages) and the other 50% may be taken as Virtual Retreats. Exceptions may be made for certain international students.
The following four seminars are required for the DMin program:
Wisdom and Civilization, taught annually
Doctoral Writing and Research Methods, taught annually
Any course designated as pertaining to Earth Wisdom and the Primordial Mind
- Any course designated as pertaining to one of the Mystics or Specific Wisdom Traditions
The remaining elective seminars may be selected from any of the university's course offerings. Students should select Intensives Pilgrimages, Virtual Retreats that in some way contribute to their dissertation topic or specific area of interest.
Dr. Judith Yost serves as Dean of Students. In this capacity, she will generally advise enrolled DMin students about the selection of a major advisor, and she can serve as Major Advisor, as well. Dr. Carolyn Atkinson, Dean of Doctoral Studies, will also consult with the student as soon as the student has chosen to begin their dissertation.
Once a student has completed at least three (3) Wisdom University courses, has decided upon a focus of inquiry, and has completed an Advising Agreement with a Major Advisor, the Dean of Doctoral Studies will convene a Candidate Review. This meeting will include the student, the Dean, the Major Advisor, and a selected faculty member appropriate to the topic of the dissertation and may be either in person or by phone, depending on geographic proximity between the people involved.
The purpose of the Candidate Review is for the Dean and the student to assess together the student’s readiness to embark on a research study. In addition, questions from the student and the Advisor will be addressed. The student should demonstrate a basic understanding of the research process and be able to identify the major authors that will provide the foundation of the literature review. If a student needs additional advice or support in preparation for the Candidate Review, he/she should contact the Dean of Doctoral Studies.
Areas of DMin Concentration
There are a range of areas of concentration in which students can earn a DMin degree as long as it is in the general domain of “Wisdom Spirituality.” In the end, the choice is intensely personal and may be a topic that one has wondered about for some time or is an area of burning interest for further exploration. Successful dissertations can range from pure research to creative artistic projects and/or social activism. For example, one can research a particular mystic, historical event or area of spiritual concern. One can develop an artistic project such as a piece of music or art and write it up. One can engage in a particular act of social activism such as going to India to work with disadvantaged children and write it up. This is a decision you must make because, in the end, the dissertation is your work and needs to reflect who you are and what you deem important for your academic and spiritual growth.
As you think about areas of focus, please know that there are a number of Ubiquity University faculty with significant expertise in a wide range of focus areas who could serve as Major Advisors.
It may be that your area of research lies outside the domain of any Ubiquity University faculty. Contact the Director of Student Advising, Judith Yost, as soon as you enroll so that you can obtain guidance as to what you might want to explore for your dissertation topic and whom you might want as a Major Advisor.
Graduation Requirements for a DMin Degree
Students must have their Dissertation approved by the Major Advisor and submitted to the Dean of Doctoral Studies by January 5th of the graduating year. The submission should include the cover page with the Major Advisor's signature.
- Student's fee and all financial obligations to Ubiquity University must be fully paid, and completion of all requirements for the degree must be met by the third week of February of the graduating year.
Students who complete requirements for Graduation after the June Commencement date can request transcripts as evidence of graduation and that they, in fact, hold the title of Doctor of Ministry. The Degree and Stole will be given at Commencement the following June, or mailed to the student if they do not plan to attend the graduation ceremony.
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Last updated September 28, 2017