Doctor of Ministry

Your Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry is an advanced ministry degree that will help you engage in ministry with increasing professional, intellectual, and spiritual integrity. The program connects your ministry and your academic training in a powerful way. Your courses and dissertation project focus on your specific ministry setting; your ministry context provides the learning environment for your research. The needs of your ministry in large part shape your program. As the degree is so connected to a ministry setting, all D.Min. candidates must remain in a ministry setting throughout their program.

The D.Min. program renewed my passion for evangelism through classes that reminded me of the power of God’s word and equipped me for new ways of preaching.

– Chris Altrock
Memphis, Tenn.

Your Degree

A key component of the Doctor of Ministry program is the peer network of seasoned ministers. Entry into the program requires an M.Div. (or its equivalent) and at least three years full-time ministry experience. Because your peers all bring extensive academic and ministry experience to the seminars, they join you to form a supportive, challenging community.


My time at Harding School of Theology has helped in equipping me and my family for a ministry of church planting in NJ for the past 10 years and now as I continue to serve and mature those churches, I am continuing my education with a D.Min degree. Harding has helped me to think theologically and relate the Bible to practical ministry experiences. I have found the teachers, staff and students to be some of the most godly people that I know.

– Carl Williamson,
Gateway Church of Christ, Morganville, NJ

Students take one to three seminars per year, as outlined in the program designed by you and the director of the program. D.Min. seminars typically meet in a Thursday-through-Thursday format. This format allows you to be free from Sunday duties as you immerse yourself in the doctor of ministry experience.

For a full description of the degree plan including courses and requirements, check the D.Min. portion of our academic catalog.