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Doctor of Ministry Degree

Trinity offers the Doctor of Ministry degree with 5 different majors. The DMin degree consists of 30 credits minimum across the areas of Major Core Studies, Common Core Studies, and the Capstone Research Project.

Purpose of the DMin Degree

To offer experienced ministers opportunities to hone skills in theological reflection, research design, and methods within a specified area of ministry to improve their service and leadership among God's people.

Learning Competencies

  1. Learners will refine the theological basis for ministry in their area of specialization.
  2. Learners will describe and evaluate various approaches to conflict resolution within Christian organizations.
  3. Learners will use appropriate research methodology to evaluate and improve their practice of ministry.
  4. Learners will complete a Capstone Ministry Project reflecting their theological basis for ministry and their understanding of sound research principles.

Program Structure – 30 Credits Minimum

Prerequisite: M.Div. degree or equivalent.

Total Credits required = 30. A minimum of 21 credits must be earned through Trinity. All courses are 3 semester credit hours unless noted otherwise. Courses may be taken in any order unless otherwise specified. A maximum of 9 credits may be satisfied via transfer credit. The transfer must be relevant to the student's program of study and equivalent in both content and degree level of doctoral courses. Transfer (grades of "B" or above) must satisfy the requirements of the program. Awarding degree credit for experiential learning is not available at the doctoral level.

  • RW 001 Trinity Tutorial – 0 credits
  • Major Core Studies – 18 credits
  • D.Min. Common Core – 6 credits
  • RW 825 D.Min. Capstone Research Project – 6 credits

Major Core Studies – 18 Credits

Major Core Studies form 18 credits of the 30 credits minimum for the DMin degree. Details on the courses and subject areas in the desired major can be found through the corresponding link below.

D.Min. Common Core – 6 Credits

D.Min. Common Core Studies form 6 credits of the 30 credits minimum for the DMin degree. D.Min. Common Core Studies are from specific Research and Writing, Pastoral Ministry, and Conflict Management subject areas.

  • RW 800 Research Within a Christian Worldview
  • Choose course depending on the nature of anticipated research project:
    • RW 810 Bibliographic Research Methods
    • RW 710 Empirical Research Methods