Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)



Admission Requirements

The professional nature of the Doctor of Ministry requires that students have leadership responsibilities in their ministry setting. Applicants must have all application material completed no later than two months before the beginning of the program. Applicants wishing to enter the Doctor of Ministry program must have:

1. An Association of Theological Schools-approved M.Div. degree or equivalent with a cumulative grade-point average in the master’s level program of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B or 80). In cases of demonstrated extraordinary ability in the practice of ministry, applicants with a lower grade average may be considered for conditional admission with the requirement to complete the first term with a grade of B or better in order to be granted full admission and continuation in the program.

2. Significant experience and demonstrated competence in ministry, as attested by three references. A minimum of three years of full-time experience following completion of the M.Div. degree (or its equivalent).

3. The ability to reflect theologically and communicate effectively as reflected in a short essay addressing the proposed area for study. The essay should include: (a) a statement of objectives in pursuing the D.Min. degree, (b) a statement of the proposed area of study for the professional practicum and project thesis and (c) the anticipated contribution of the professional practicum and project thesis to the applicant’s ministry.

International applicants who hold a Religious Worker (R-1) Visa may be considered for admission. International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English with a minimum score of 600 paper-based or 250 computer-based TOEFL score.

Because the Doctor of Ministry is a degree given in the context of ministry, generally no transfer credit is accepted.

M.Div. Equivalency

For Doctor of Ministry applicants at Perkins, a Master of Divinity equivalent generally requires a minimum of 72 graduate credits from an appropriately accredited institution distributed as follows:

•  Biblical Studies - 12 hours
•  History of Christianity - 6 hours
•  Theology - 12 hours
•  Basic Ministerial Studies - 12 hours
•  Contextual Studies - 6 hours
•  Advanced Electives - 21 hours
•  Supervised Field Education - 3 hours


Applications are accepted throughout the year in the order in which they are received and are considered when they are complete. Early application is recommended so that required pre-class readings and assignments can be completed before classes meet.

Applications must be completed by October 1 for January admission and by March 15 for June admission.

Application fee is $50.00. 

For more information, please contact:
Doctor of Ministry Program
Perkins School of Theology
Southern Methodist University
P.O. Box 750133
Dallas, Texas 75275-0133


Dr. Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi
Phone: 214.768.3161
FAX: 214.768.2117


Inquiries and Submission of Applications

Inquiries, applications and transcripts should be sent to the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, P.O. Box 750133, Dallas TX 75275-0133.