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.
Choose the format that's most convenient for you with the option of online studies or in-person classes at our location in Nashville, Tennessee, or Austin, Texas.
- 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 email@example.com 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 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.
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
- DMIN 7913 - Engaging in Ministry Research I
- DMIN 7923 - Engaging in Ministry Research II
Tuition & Aid
Whether online or on campus in Nashville or Austin, the current tuition rate is $540* per credit hour. The program requires 15 hours in the first year, 15 hours in the second year and six hours in 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).
*Note: The graduate tuition rates may increase annually, effective each summer semester.