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    Why Fuller DMin?

    The Doctor of Ministry degree is a practice-oriented doctorate for pastors and ministry leaders. The goal of the program is to develop and equip reflective practitioners at a doctoral level with new levels of theological discernment and practical skills for the art of ministry leadership.

    Fuller's DMin program will disturb your life! It is designed for ministry leaders seeking a strengthened and deepened ministry practice. DMin students will be stretched theologically and exposed to new models of ministry.

    Fuller is one of the world's largest seminaries, with students from over 70 denominations and countries. Fuller espouses a humble and convicted evangelical theology that is nuanced by the diversity of faculty and students. With its three schools (Theology, Intercultural Studies, and Psychology), Fuller trains ministry leaders, missionaries, and therapists for service in God's mission.

    Fuller's DMin program draws from the resources of all three schools. The size and diversity of Fuller's DMin program provides great flexibility and a wide variety of faculty and course topics. While the program is large, our class size remains small, allowing for interaction between professors and students.

    Admissions

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    Admission Requirements:

    • A Master of Divinity or its equivalent, or a Master of Arts of a theological nature of at least 96 quarter units (64 semester units) from an approved school. For MDiv equivalency, contact an advisor at 626.584.5318 or dmin@fuller.edu.
    • A ministerial leadership position. The DMin program is designed for ministry leaders to continue to learn and grow without having to leave their ministry context.
    • A minimum of three years ministerial leadership experience after receiving the MDiv or MA degree.
    • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher (3.0 on 4.0 scale).
    • Biblical language studies in Greek or Hebrew. (This requirement may be met through a course in the DMin program.)
    • Evidence of academic writing proficiency (see the online application for details).
    • A TOEFL score of 600 (paper test) OR 250 (computer test) OR 100 (Internet test) is required for applicants for whom English is a second language and who have not earned a Bachelor degree taught in English in the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, or Canada. The TOEFL's website is www.toefl.com. Note: Applicants for the Latino Ministry Cohort are not required to take the TOEFL exam.

    Program Design

    MDiv-based 48-unit Program
    Students who hold a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree or its equivalent from an approved school must complete 48 units in the DMin program within a six-year time period.

    MAT-based 60-unit Program
    Students who hold a Master of Theology degree that is at least 96 quarter-units or its equivalent from an approved school can be admitted pending 12 units of prerequisites within the DMin curriculum to meet MDiv equivalency. Upon completion of these 12 units, students will complete the regular 48 units of the DMin program. *Students needing to satisfy the biblical language requirement must do so in addition to the 48 unit program.

    Personalized Track

    Phase 1: Online (8 units)
    All Personalized Track students begin with an online phase including the DMin orientation seminar (DM711, 4 units) offered three times a year (January, April, and September). After completing DM711, students enter a two-year mentoring process (CF704, 4 units) designed to offer greater clarity in your calling and increased contribution to the church/ministry you serve. The mentoring process is undertaken alongside your DMin seminars as you continue serving in your ministry context.

    Phase 2: Seminars (36 units*)
    After completing DM711 and while enrolled in the mentoring component, students will complete 36 units from any of our more than 20 course offerings.
    *Students in the 60-unit DMin program complete an additional 12 units of DMin courses.

    Phase 3: Doctoral Project (4 units)
    Make a strategic and lasting impact on your ministry through a written Doctoral Project, which integrates your doctoral program and your ministry experience. The Doctoral Project is a biblically based, theologically sound paper that explores and develops a strategy to address a specific aspect of ministry in a particular context.

    Cohort Track

    Phase 1: Cohort Seminars (40 units)
    In cohort concentrations, the same group of students meet together for one- and two-week segments over three or four years with a preset curriculum focused around the areas of interest listed below.

    Phase 2: Doctoral Project (8 units)
    Make a strategic and lasting impact on your ministry through a written Doctoral Project, which integrates your cohort seminars and your ministry experience. The Doctoral Project is a biblically based, theologically sound paper that explores and develops a strategy to address a specific aspect of ministry in a particular context.

    Chaplains Track (Military & Hospital)

    Military chaplains who have completed chaplaincy training are eligible for advanced standing in the Doctor of Ministry program - contact our admission advisor for more information.

    Phase 1: Online (8 units)
    All students in the chaplains track begin with an online phase including the DMin orientation seminar (DM711, 4 units) offered three times a year (January, April, and September). After completing DM711, students enter a two-year mentoring process (4 units) designed to offer greater clarity in your calling and increased contribution to the church/ministry you serve. The mentoring process is undertaken alongside your DMin seminars as you continue serving in your ministry context.

    Phase 2: Seminars (36 units*)
    After completing DM711 and while enrolled in the mentoring component, students will complete 36 units from any of our more than 20 course offerings. As part of your seminar work, you will enroll in a course focused on your vocation as a chaplain: hospital chaplains will enroll in Chaplaincy at the Leading Edges (8 units, online) and military chaplains will enroll in Ethics for Military Chaplaincy (8 units, online).
    *Students in the 60-unit DMin program complete an additional 12 units of DMin courses.

    Phase 3: Doctoral Project (4 units)
    Make a strategic and lasting impact on your ministry through a written Doctoral Project, which integrates your doctoral program and your ministry experience. The Doctoral Project is a biblically based, theologically sound paper that explores and develops a strategy to address a specific aspect of ministry in a particular context.

    Current Students

    Information for current students is available on our Student Welcome Site. On the Welcome Site you will find:

    Lifelong Learning

    Whether you plan to earn a degree or not, Fuller DMin is a lifelong and global learning community for ministry leaders. You can join in this community in several ways:

    • Online resources and reflections posted at Fuller's The Burner blog
    • Regional events and training opportunities
    • The Advanced Diploma in Ministry Leadership for leaders interested in joining a series of DMin learning seminars
    • One- and two-week intensive learning seminars around the globe available for audit for eligible ministry leaders
    • The annual Post-DMin event for DMin graduates

    Contact Us

    General Contact Information

    Phone: 626-584-5315 or 800-999-9578
    E-mail: dmin@fuller.edu Fax: 626-584-5313

    Kurt Fredrickson Associate Dean for DMin & Continuing Education
    Julia Speck Assistant Director
    Marcos Canales Admissions and Student Affairs Advisor
    Tracey Stringer Doctoral Projects Administrator
    Dave Kludt Program Manager of Academic Planning
    Joshua Beckett Program Assistant
    David Moore

    Center for Lifelong Learning Administrator

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What can I do with a DMin degree?

    What can I do with a DMin degree?

    The primary purpose of the DMin degree is to enable ministry leaders to fully engage their ministry context with greater theological depth and a wider practical perspective. DMin graduates also find opportunities to teach at the college and seminary level.

    What are the DMin learning outcomes?

    What are the DMin learning outcomes?

    Graduates will demonstrate skills for missional engagement of the church in specific cultural contexts.

    Graduates will exhibit skills as reflective practitioners.

    Graduates will engage in intentional and communal personal practices that develop character, nurture spiritual formation and deepen relationships.

    How much does a DMin cost? Is there financial aid available?

    How much does a DMin cost? Is there financial aid available?

    The Fuller DMin degree is a 48-unit degree for students with an MDiv degree and a 60-unit degree for the MA track. At the current tuition rate of $390 per unit, the cost of the 48-unit track is $18,720, and the 60-unit track is $23,400.

    The Doctor of Ministry program has a limited number of need-based grants available to DMin students. These grants are awarded to accepted students according to the Doctor of Ministry Grant Guidelines on a course-by-course basis. For more information, please contact the DMin office at dmin@fuller.edu.

    When should I apply?

    When should I apply?

    The Doctor of Ministry program has rolling admission throughout the year and our admissions committee meets monthly.

    It is recommended that you submit your application at least two months prior to starting the Personalized Track (which begins with the online course DM711 Exploring the Contours of Ministry) and at least four months prior to beginning a cohort. This allows several weeks to complete the admission process and any preliminary readings for DMin courses.

    What is the status of my application?

    What is the status of my application?

    If you have already submitted a complete application and are wondering when you will hear from our office, please be assured that we will contact you as soon as possible following the committee's admission decision. If your application is completed by the 10th of the month you should have an admission decision by the end of that same month.

    Contact us if you have any specific admissions questions.

    Does Fuller offer an online or distance learning DMin program?

    Does Fuller offer an online or distance learning DMin program?

    Because our students are actively involved in ministry, our DMin program is structured for great flexibility with courses offered around the world and as little as three weeks of residency required. While the DMin degree is not available solely online or from a distance, we are adding online and distance learning components to our courses. We find the interaction in the classroom learning environment to be a crucial part of the program.

    What if my ministry is bi-vocational, volunteer, or non-traditional?

    What if my ministry is bi-vocational, volunteer, or non-traditional?

    We recognize that ministry is rapidly changing and that ministry leadership looks very different in each context. DMin students serve both in and outside of the local church context and it is not required that your ministerial leadership experience be full time or paid. It must, however, be a substantial leadership position from which you can grow, challenge, apply, and implement strategies that you are learning through your DMin coursework.

    Help! I still have questions!

    Help! I still have questions!

    Please contact us!

    Phone: (800) 999-9578 or (626) 584-5315

    E-mail: dmin@fuller.edu


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