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Doctoral Degree

Specialized Ministry

This degree has been designed for ministers, missionaries, and others serving in specialized ministries.


Traditional seminary degrees are often out of reach due to work, family, geography or finances.

Our degree is offered entirely online featuring video-based micro-lectures, ZOOM video-conferencing, and tutorial formats.

The Diploma will list the approved specialized course of study.

Some examples include (but are limited to):


Doctor of Institutional Ministry

Doctor of Faith-Based Non-Profit Ministry

Doctor of Community Development Ministry

Doctor of Higher Education Ministry

Doctor of Health & Welfare Ministry

The course of study is based on the traditional Doctor of Ministry experience and includes:

Three 3-credit hour courses:

Christian Traditions with Dr. Michael Christensen

neXt church with Dr. Carl Savage

Christian Futuring with Dr. Robert Duncan

These courses were part of the Drew Theological School Doctor of Ministry Program.

Our three professors taught together in this program and published "Equipping the Saints - Mobilizing Laity for Ministry" which is used in all three courses.

One 3-credit Tutorial Course

Pastoral Ministry Elective - Tutorial with a Faculty Mentor in your area of ministry

Three 6-credit hour courses

Capstone Research in Specialized Ministry

Capstone Project in Specialized Ministry

Capstone Thesis

Life Experience and Ministry Experience can be applied to the course requirements following an evaluation of those experiences.