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).
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.
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.
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.
Advanced Biblical Hermeneutics
Trinitarian Personhood and Ministry
Wesleyan Ministry in a Post-Modern Context
Christianity and World Religions
Philosophies Challenging the Church
DMin Project Research Orientation
Ministry Research Project