Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Boston University School of Theology
Blended, Distance Learning
5 - 7 years
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The Doctor of Ministry degree (DMin) is a professional doctoral degree meant to enrich religious leaders in traditional and non-traditional settings, deepen their understanding of and commitment to ministry, and refine its practice. The focus of the Boston University DMin is Transformational Leadership, and anyone can become a transformational leader. You first need the desire to build new skills and explore new ideas, to understand your community and know its strengths and needs, and a willingness to see possibilities for transformative change.
The DMin program is a three-year, low-residency degree program that combines online learning with intensive on-campus classes and allows you to craft the program you will need for your ministerial practice.
Seminars in Transformational Leadership, Contextual Analysis, and Research Methods form the program's core, culminating in a Directed Study Project during your third year. Online cohort courses are taught by full-time Boston University faculty, with new courses, and faculty members added each semester. Past courses have included Global Development and Faith, Mission and Outreach, Radical Christian Spiritualities, Transformational and Situational Homiletics, Embodiment, Church Renewal, Worship in Times of Change, and Conflict Transformation.
The DMin degree program is designed to assist religious professionals in deepening their understanding of and commitment to ministry by providing a context in which to update and refine their theological knowledge, sharpen existing skills, and learn new ones. The aim is to help students bring together their experience with additional academic studies to create a fresh synthesis of theory and practice.