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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Our Doctor of Ministry program invites those engaged in the professional ministry to reflect on their experiences in ministry, hone their ministerial talents, and expand their intellectual horizons. As a DMin student, you will be connected with other colleagues in ministry, with scholars recognized in their fields, and with distinguished practitioners of Christian ministry who will help enhance your skills, stimulate your pastoral imagination, and attend to ongoing spiritual and vocational formation.
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Rev. Dr. Gennifer Brooks
“We welcome students from across the globe and from multiple church traditions, providing a contextually grounded pedagogy that supports students in applying what they learn in the classroom to how they practice ministry in their respective ministry sites.” - Rev. Dr. Gennifer Brooks, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

About the DMin at Garrett-Evangelical

The DMin program is an advanced degree focusing on best practices in church leadership relevant to your specific context. As a DMin student, you will enhance your ministry skills all while making a significant contribution to the church through a guided research project.

To meet your specific vocational goals and needs, Garrett-Evangelical offers the following tracks for DMin students:

Tailored to Fit Your Needs

Students who hold a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree or its equivalent from an approved school can complete the required 30 units in the DMin program in as little as three years or as many as six. Classes for DMin students are offered in a hybrid model of on-campus and online courses to give you high quality theological education in a flexible format. Pending your needs and the rotation of the courses, other course options may be available. Once the coursework is completed the research project follows. This research project is tailored specifically to your ministry context and you will be supported by an on-site advisory team and the DMin faculty.

Renowned Faculty Dedicated to Rigorous Academics and the Practice of Ministry

Our faculty in the Doctor of Ministry program are one its greatest assets. They are widely recognized for their expertise, scholarship, and leadership in the church, community, and academy. Each track has a unique group of faculty members whose strengths and gifts fit the needs of that particular track to provide the best educational experience and leadership preparation for its students. All of our scholar practitioners join students in a collegial atmosphere of teaching and learning in which each has a particular role to play in enriching the program.

Affording Your Education

Garrett recognizes that one of the biggest hurdles to continuing one’s theological education is cost. To assist DMin students in affording their education, all admitted students are guaranteed a scholarship, a rare find among DMin programsGarrett is also excited to offer increased scholarship opportunities for Black and Latinx students applying to the DMin program at Garrett. This is thanks to our partnership with the Lilly Endowment's Economic Challenges grant. 

There is no separate scholarship application process for the DMin program, simply submit your application form and you will be considered for all institutional scholarships that are available. 

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Founded in 1853, Garrett-Evangelical is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church with an ecumenical outreach. Faithfully embracing the future, we are committed to preparing skilled, bold and articulate leaders for ministry in the 21st century. On the campus of Northwestern University, upon the shores of Lake Michigan and on the outskirts of Chicago, Garrett-Evangelical is a place to nuture mind, body, and spirit. The seminary serves more than 400 students from many denominations and various backgrounds and its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

Rev. Dr. Curtis Daniel Brown

My most transformative experience has been the relationships that I have developed with my fellow students and professors. One of the benefits of a doctor in ministry program is the opportunity to step back from the regularity of ministry responsibility, connect with other talented and courageous church leaders, and learn from the perspectives and contexts of others.

- Rev. Dr. Curtis Daniel Brown (G-ETS 2018)

My most memorable experience was taking classes within a special cohort with my advisor, Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. We journeyed together as a colleague team, and he was with me and us every step of the way! He helped us understand what it means to be a spiritual director, accompanying others on their journey with God. Schmidt and my classmates were my academic guides, challengers, and colleagues.

- Dr. Kit Evans-Ford (G-ETS 2017)

Rev. Dr. Steven Trefz

In April 2013, The Association for Doctor of Ministry Education (ADME) selected Rev. Dr. Steven Trefz (G-ETS 2005 and 2013), as the recipient of The Journal of Christian Ministry Award of Excellence for his DMin project. Trefz's thesis was chosen from hundreds of DMin theses from 55 ADME represented schools across the United States and Canada.

The faculty and staff at Garrett-Evangelical made this project possible. For them and for the DMin program I give thanks to God. This award speaks to the faculty's leadership as well as to my cohort of fellow students who supported my studies along the way.

-Rev. Dr. Steven Trefz

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have earned a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree or its equivalent
  • At least three years of full-time ministry following the awarding of that degree
  • Applicants must be serving in a ministry setting during their DMin program

Admission Process

Detailed information for the application requirements and process can be found here.

The next cohort for the DMin in Leadership for Social Transformation will begin in Summer 2022. Applicants must have their application completed by March 15, 2022, to be considered for the Summer term.

The next cohort for the DMin in Strategic Leadership for Black Congregations will begin in TBA

The next cohort for the DMin in Spiritual Direction will begin in January 2023. Applicants must have their application completed by September 15, 2022, to be considered for the January term.

If you are interested in applying for the ACTS DMin in Preaching, which begins Summer 2022, the application and more information for that program can be found here.

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.

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.