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Office of Admissions
Mailing Address
2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (847) 866-3945
Toll-Free: (800) SEMINARY
Fax: (847) 467-1269

Congregational Leadership

Through the Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Leadership track students will earn both a certificate in non-profit management from the Kellogg School of Management through its Executive Scholars program and a Doctor of Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical. The Kellogg Executive Scholars program provides a practical, flexible, yet academically rigorous way to achieve your specific professional goals. Through a set of prescribed and elective courses, DMin students in the Congregational Leadership tracks will get the best of leadership training and theological education from two renowned institutions. For a current listing of courses through the Center for Non-Profit Management at Kellogg School of Management, click here.


Admissions Requirements:

  • Applicants must have earned a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree or its equivalent.

    Most master's degrees that are not MDivs require at least some additional theology courses for students to meet MDiv equivalency. Please feel free to contact the Registrar's Office to have your transcript evaluated for equivalency.
  • Applicants must have completed at least three years of full-time ministry following the awarding of that degree.

    Applicants do not, however, have to be ordained nor does the ministry have to be in a parish setting.
  • Applicants must be serving in a ministry setting in which the applicant could direct a ministry intervention as part of the final DMin project.

    It is important that applicants have both the access to and support of a ministry setting in which they can complete their final project. This setting could be a parish church, a cluster of local congregations, an annual conference or judicatory, or any other setting appropriate to the practice of ministry being studied by the applicant.

International Student Applicants

The DMin Program offers coursework in intensive sessions twice a year. This schedule has implications for international students and visa applications. Therefore, we are unable to offer F-1 visas for Doctor of Ministry students. 

A completed application consists of:

  • Application Form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Biographical Essay
  • Sample of Writing
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Ministry site Endorsement Letter
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • $75 application fee
  • Background check (conducted by the seminary, may take up to two weeks to complete)
  • Additional financial and church documents are required of international students in order to satisfy internal and federal requirements.

Detailed information for the application requirements can be found on the online application.

The Doctor of Ministry committee reserves the right to determine in its sole judgment whether an applicant is a suitable candidate for a specific concentration in the DMin program.

Degree Grid

DMin Degree - 30 semester hours
DMin Degree Grid



DMin Course Sequence for Congregational Leadership

January 2015 (Face­-to­-Face Intensive)

  • Administration and Leadership
  • Kellogg: Leading a Vibrant Faith Community

Spring 2015 (Online)

  • Cultural Values in Congregations

Summer 2015 (Face-to-Face Intensive)

  • Spiritual Formation and the Leader
  • Empowering the Congregation

Fall 2015 (Online)

  • Research Methodology

Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 (Face-to-Face)

  • Choose two Kellogg seminars to attend and attend them
  • Choose one Kellogg capstone seminar to attend and attend it

Spring 2016 (Online)

  • Seminar on Practical Theology

The course sequence presented assumes that a student moves through the program without missing any courses along the way and does not seek to substitute a course in lieu of the courses listed.

If a student misses a course, then the student will need to wait until the rotation of courses provides a repeat course for the student to take. This could add as much as a year to the student’s time in the coursework phase of the DMin program.

Substituting courses is not always possible, but you can talk to your advisor about it. None of the online courses can be substituted out, as they are all required to prepare you for your final project.

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The United Methodist Church, welcomes
students from a wide range of faith traditions.