Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

A ministry of lasting influence demands a preoccupation with a message of eternal significance: the transformational gospel of Jesus Christ. This conviction drives the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program: a course of study aimed at achieving the most advanced degree in pastoral training. It encompasses three areas of concentrated study—Christ-Centered Preaching, Gospel Spirituality, and Pastoral Leadership—delivered by a distinctive faculty that includes internationally-recognized ministry leaders. Interactive classes, chosen by the student, are combined with extensive reading and research to produce a dissertation that seeks to make a unique and significant contribution to the field of pastoral ministry. All this combines in the most advanced degree in pastoral training, developing pastors who share Christ's deep love for the Church.




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Graduate in as little as three years



On and off-campus intensives mean no need to relocate







What Sets Our Doctor of Ministry Apart?

  • An emphasis in core pastoral disciplines: Gospel Spirituality, Pastoral Leadership, and Christ-centered preaching
  • Bolster your preaching in the Preaching Cohort, or pick your own path in the Open Track
  • Renowned practitioners like Mike Jones, Paul Miller, Carl Trueman, Bryan Chapell, Scotty Smith, and Robert Smith provide an exceptional mix of academic credibility and pastoral experience
  • Program direction and personal mentoring by Dr. Steve Mathewson—a professor of pastoral theology, author, and lead pastor
  • Phoenix Seminary partnership allows DMin students to enroll in courses at both schools




Upcoming Courses

Instructor Course Dates
Scotty Smith Theology, Doxology, and Missiology: Spiritual Formation as Worship Sept. 24-27, 2018
Ryan Lister The Pastor and the Presence of God Oct. 1-4, 2018
Jim Shaddix The Preaching Moment: Style, Delivery, Unction, and Evaluation Mar. 18-21, 2019
Steve Mathewson Effecting Gospel-centered Transformation May 6-9, 2019
David Murray Sustainable Ministry: Finding the Pace to Finish the Race May 13-16, 2019


Accessible Scheduling

The Doctor of Ministry program may be completed in two years’ time by enrolling in week-long intensive seminars offered at the Portland campus. This streamlined scheduling means you can complete your studies without leaving family, career, or ministry behind. This level of academic research requires our DMin students to have ready access to a theological or seminary library in their region. 

A Practical, Publishable Dissertation

Your dissertation won't sit on a shelf in Western's library. Rather, you'll produce a practical and scholarly product that speaks to the field of pastoral ministry, will be a blessing to your fellow pastors, and is worthy of and appropriate for publication. Dr. Reid Kisling now oversees our dissertation process, and with his help your dissertation could make a significant impact upon pastors and ministry leaders everywhere.

Lifelong Learning

We want to invest in your ongoing, lifelong education. That's why every DMin graduate can audit one course per academic year, for free. With experienced and impactful ministry veterans teaching in our classrooms, there will never be a shortage of opportunities for further growth. 

Ministry Training That Keeps Debt Down

Ministry work can bring limited financial reward. That's why we encourage wise financial stewardship as you pay for school. In fact, the average Western Seminary student graduates with an average of only $8532 in loan debt to repay. It might surprise you to learn that only about 19% of our students utilize loans, choosing instead to paying out of pocket, with scholarships, or via a monthly payment plan. Look into your options for financial aid

Admission Requirements

In addition to a completed application for admission and the submission of all related admissions materials, applicants must present:

  • A Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree or a two year MA degree in ministry leadership consisting of at least 72 semester credits in theology, biblical studies, and the arts of ministry from an ATS-accredited school
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in any of the above degrees
  • At least three years of full-time experience in a significant ministry leadership role after seminary graduation 

If you do not meet one of these requirements, please explore our detailed admission requirements and exception policies. As always, contact an Admissions Counselor if you’ve got further questions.