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Program Overview

Program Overview

A Doctor of Ministry degree expresses the culmination of your theological training. As a terminal degree in our field, the D.Min. is best understood as a professional doctorate for ministry practitioners. In our program, the curriculum contains dual emphases of spiritual formation and missional theology. The challenging coursework helps you engage the questions of ministry in a local way, culminating in a doctoral-level research project to complete the degree.

You will experience a community of fellow practitioners from diverse backgrounds who together are thinking critically about the church and its future. Be challenged in your own formational journey as a leader of your community and contribute a meaningful resource to the world of the church through your original research focused on the practices of ministry.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Application with $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from a college or university administrator or professor, one from a professional supervisor/employer and one from a church leader or minister
  • Official transcripts emailed to or mailed to Graduate Admissions (One University Park Dr., Nashville, TN 37204)
  • Bachelor's degree and a graduate degree in theology
  • Undergraduate and graduate GPA of at least 2.75
  • Completed health form 
  • 750-1,000-word essay discussing the applicant's religious heritage, career goals and how Hazelip School of Theology might contribute to the achievement of those pursuits
  • Writing sample that illustrates appropriate writing skills (e.g. academic paper or a recently published article)
  • Ministry Documentation 
    • Written endorsement of the applicant's admission to the D.Min. program from his or her church or para-church organization
International Students

International students are required to be proficient in written and oral English before enrolling. A score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of approximately 570 on the paper-based test, or 80 on the iBT, or an IELTS exam with an overall band score of 6.5 is the minimum accepted for admittance. For more information, see International Students admissions policy.

Admissions Policy



The 2020 summer residency will be temporarily moved to an online format. 

First Residency, July 2020

  • DMIN 7101 - Acquiring Skills for Effective Ministry Research
  • DMIN 7113 - The Mission of God
  • DMIN 7123 - The History of Christian Spirituality
  • DMIN 7131 - Spiritual Formation Retreat

Second Residency, February 2021

  • DMIN 7910 - Engaging in Ministry Research I
  • DMIN 7213 - Community Leadership
  • DMIN 7223 - Reconciliation as Missional Living
  • DMIN 7231 - Spiritual Formation Retreat

Third Residency, July 2021

  • DMIN 7920 - Engaging in Ministry Research II
  • DMIN 7313 - Missional Theology
  • DMIN 7323 - Introduction to Spiritual Direction
  • DMIN 7331 - Spiritual Formation Retreat

Fourth Residency, February 2022

  • DMIN 7901 - Producing the D.Min. Project
  • DMIN 7413 - Religious and Cross-Cultural Engagement
  • DMIN 7423 - Social Justice, Mission, and the Kingdom of God
  • DMIN 7431 - Spiritual Formation Retreat

Research Project

  • DMIN 7913 - Engaging in Ministry Research I
  • DMIN 7923 - Engaging in Ministry Research II
Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

The current tuition rate is $346 per credit hour. The program requires 15 hours in the first year, 15 hours in the second year and six hours for the third year. Tuition covers the cost of breakfasts and lunches during each two-week session as well as room and board for the weekend retreat during that residency. The $1,000 travel course is NOT included in the price of tuition (DMIN 7423).

Flexible Schedule

Our courses are offered at a variety of convenient locations around Nashville or online, at times designed to work with your busy schedule. Our hybrid class model allows you the best of going to school as a working professional.

Small Class Sizes

You’ll have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion, receive one-on-one faculty mentorship and ask difficult questions in our small class sizes. Plus, you’ll feel supported in a tight-knit learning community.

Cohort Model

Our cohort model emphasizes communal learning and extended field experiences. You’ll have the opportunity to form professional and personal relationships with like-minded peers that will extend far beyond the duration of the program.

Our Faculty

  • John York

    John York


    In addition to his responsibilities with the D.Min. program, John teaches graduate New Testament text and ministry courses. He received his training from Abilene Christian University (B.A. M.A., M.Div.),...

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  • John Mark Hicks

    John Mark Hicks


    John Mark teaches theology and history courses. He received his B.A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University (1977), his M.A.R. in Theological Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary (1980), his M.A. in...

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  • Lauren White

    Lauren White

    Assistant Professor of Theology

    Lauren graduated with a Ph.D. in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University in May, 2018. She also holds an MTS from Vanderbilt University (2010), an M.A. in English from Abilene Christian University...

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  • Kris Miller

    Kris Miller

    Assistant Professor of Bible

    Kris Miller joined the faculty of the College of Bible and Ministry in 2015, serving as assistant professor of theology and director of Lipscomb's Institute for Christian Spirituality. He has nine...

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  • David Fleer

    David Fleer


    David's teaching focus is homiletics. Under his direction, Lipscomb University hosts the annual Conference on Preaching. For the past few years Fleer has served as advisory board chair for the...

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  • Lee Camp

    Lee Camp


    Lee C. Camp is professor of theology and ethics. He was awarded a permanent designation as a University "Outstanding Teacher" in 2017. He completed his undergrad studies at Lipscomb and...

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Career Paths

Directors, religious activities and education

Plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.


Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.

Postsecondary Teachers

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They may also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.