Advanced ministerial education

The John Case Doctor of Ministry

This Doctor of Ministry is a professional in-ministry doctorate that offers advanced ministerial education to experienced pastors and other Christian workers. It is intended for those who have earned an MA in Bible, theology, and ministry and are currently serving in ministry positions. The program includes courses taught by professors and independent coursework culminating in a dissertation project.

The course is designed to be completed part-time in only three years. DMin students will be required to attend a total of four one-week intensives across the first two years of the program. Students residing internationally may request to attend the one-week intensives via Zoom.

3 years

program length




DMin Handbook
Year 1

In your first year, you will take two courses each semester for a total of four courses. Each semester will have an intensive week that takes place at our campus in Ridgeland, MS.  The week-long DMin intensives occur in January and June. During each intensive, you will take two courses supplemented by additional online interaction and extensive coursework.

Year 2

In your second year, your class schedule will continue in the same format as the first year. You will take a total of four courses across two semesters with intensive in January and June. You will also start developing ideas for your dissertation in conjunction with the research professor overseeing the dissertation portion of the Doctor of Ministry program.

Year 3

In your third year, you will be finished with all in-class DMin courses. Your focus will shift entirely to your dissertation. After getting your prospectus approved by the faculty committee, you will research and write under the guidance of two faculty members. Upon completion of your dissertation, you will defend it before a faculty committee.

As a professional doctorate, the Doctor of Ministry differs from the academic Ph.D. in that its focus is on advanced proficiency in the practice of ministry rather than scholarly research. The D.Min. is comparable to other professional doctorates, such as the D.B.A. in business, the Ed.D. in education, the D.M.A. in music, and the Psy.D. in psychology.

The in-ministry nature of the program allows Christian professionals to pursue rigorous advanced study while remaining in their current ministry. The degree is designed to be completed in three years—two years of half-time course work (24 hours) and one year for writing and defending the Dissertation Ministry Research Project (6 hours).

If you have further questions about the DMin program at WBS, explore the DMin Student Handbook below.

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