Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Get details about our next DMin Preaching Cohort, coming January 2019.

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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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, Steve Mathewson, Bryan Chapell, Scotty Smith and Robert Smith provide an exceptional mix of academic credibility and pastoral experience
  • Program direction and personal mentoring by Dr. Art Azurdia—a professor of pastoral theology and a lead pastor
  • Phoenix Seminary partnership allows DMin students to enroll in courses at both schools




Upcoming Courses

Art Azurdia Effecting Gospel-Centered Transformation May 7-10, 2018
Reid Kisling Research Design and Methodology May 14-17, 2018
Carl Trueman Pastoral Ministry and Cultural Engagement June 4-7, 2018
Scotty Smith Theology, Doxology, and Missiology: Spiritual Formation as Worship Sept. 24-27, 2018


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

  • A Master of Divinity degree or a two year M.A. degree in ministry leadership consisting of at least 72 semester credits from an ATS-accredited seminary
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 higher, as well as a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • At least three years of full-time experience in a significant ministry leadership role after seminary graduation
  • Continuing significant leadership role during period of doctoral studies
  • A completed application for admission and all admission materials

If you do not meet one of these requirements, we invite you to contact an enrollment counselor to explore alternative Doctor of Ministry admission options.


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David Thommen
David Thommen
Assistant Director, Doctor of Ministry Program
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How refreshing it is to see a seminary community so resolute about putting the DNA of the gospel into their curriculum and culture. My first experience of teaching on the Portland campus has me excited about both the future of Western and my engagement with their vision and passion.

Dr. Scotty SmithPastor of Christ Community ChurchFranklin, Tennessee