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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has long been committed to education for the church, academy, and world. The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is an advanced degree inviting pastors to become highly skilled practitioners in specific practices of ministry. As a DMin student, you will be in a cohort of mature colleagues in ministry engaging the best of the church and academy, brought together to enhance your skill, stimulate your pastoral imagination, and attend to ongoing spiritual and vocational formation.
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In the Garrett-Evangelical DMin program, we honor the church and ministry done on the local level. Our faculty are scholar practitioners who bring together the best of scholarship with their personal ministry experience. - Dr. Mark Teasdale, 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 five tracks for DMin students:

The Purpose of a Doctor of Ministry

The Cost of a Doctor of Ministry

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 26 full-time faculty members are widely recognized for their expertise, scholarship, and leadership in the Church and academy. They represent most major denominations and a variety of theological perspectives. Our faculty members have published hundreds of books and articles, and several hold places of international recognition and preeminence in their fields. Through a diverse curriculum taught by our distinguished faculty and prominent practitioners, you will be stretched theologically and exposed to new models of ministry.

Meet Our Faculty

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 500 students from many denominations and various backgrounds and its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

In April 2013, The Association for Doctor of Ministry Education (ADME) selected Rev. 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. 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 can be found on the online application.

The next cohort for the DMin in Community Organizing will begin in January 2018. Applicants must have their application completed by October 1, 2017 to be considered for the following January term.

The next cohort for the DMin in Congregational Leadership will begin in January 2018. Applicants must have their application completed by October 1, 2017 to be considered for the following January term.

The next cohort for the DMin in Strategic Leadership for Black Congregations will begin in June 2017. Applicants must have their application completed by April 1, 2016 to be considered for the following January term.

The next cohort for the DMin in Spiritual Direction will begin in January 2017. Applicants must have their application completed by October 1, 2016 to be considered for the following January term.

If you are interested in applying for the ACTS DMin in Preaching which begins Summer 2017, applications 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.