Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)



Admissions Requirements

The professional nature of the D.Min. requires that students have leadership responsibilities in their ministry setting. Application deadline is March 15 for June admission to a cohort. Applicants wishing to enter the D.Min. program must have:


1.  An Association of Theological Schools-approved M.Div. degree or equivalent with a cumulative GPA in the master’s-level program of at least 3.000 on a 4.000 scale (grade of B or 80). In cases of demonstrated extraordinary ability in the practice of ministry, applicants with a lower GPA may be considered for conditional admission with the requirement that they complete the first term with grades of B or better in order to be granted full admission and continuation in the program.

2.  Significant experience and demonstrated competence in ministry and leadership, as attested by two references.

3.  A minimum of three years of full-time experience following completion of the M.Div. degree (or its equivalent). Applicants who have demonstrated years of ministry or Christian leadership in a community or an organization before or while completing the M.Div. or its equivalent will also be considered.

4.  The ability to reflect theologically and communicate effectively as reflected in a short essay addressing the theological meaning of vocation, leadership, and community building. The essay should include (a) a statement of objectives in pursuing the D.Min. degree and (b) the anticipated contribution of the writing project to the applicant’s vocation, understanding of leadership and commitment to community building.

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.  NOTE:  No Perkins funded financial aid is available to international students.  See DMin Financial Information for requirements for international students.

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 must be completed by March 22 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.