36 Credit Hours


The Doctor of Ministry program is an advanced professional degree designed for those who aspire to excel at the highest level in the practice of ministry. The curriculum provides ministry leaders with a biblically based philosophy and strategy that will enable them to maximize their effectiveness in ministry.

Tracks of study include: biblical preaching, church revitalization, and ministry. All courses are available online so that the opportunity to complete the degree can be achieved while remaining active in local ministry.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competence in assessing and analyzing the effectiveness of a ministry to meet the determined biblical goals
  • Develop a strategy to initiate and lead a growing ministry in contemporary culture
  • Demonstrate skill in high-level applied biblical research in a significant area of ministry which is presented in a professional format
  • Chart a course for lifelong learning and ministry development

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from previously attended institutions
  • Master’s degree in bible, theology, or ministry from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Written statement that includes salvation testimony, call to the ministry, and reason for entering the DMin program
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from current pastor, member of pastoral staff, church board, etc., where the applicant is currently serving
  • Read and sign the Piedmont Divinity School’s Student Doctrinal Statement and Standards of Behavior Statement
  • Read and agree to respect the Teaching Perspective Statement of the Piedmont Divinity School faculty

Degree Requirements

  • The maximum time limit to complete the program is five years
  • Completion of the prescribed courses (including transfer) with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 and at least a B- in each course
  • Transfer credits may not exceed 50% of the degree requirements. Courses transferred must have received no lower than a B-
  • Advanced Standing of six hours is available for applicants with a master’s degree of 36 or more hours.

*This requirement is waived for those entering the D.Min. program with a master's degree of 36 or more hours.