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Doctor of Ministry in Leadership for Social Transformation (DMin)

The Doctor of Ministry in Leadership for Social Transformation draws together practitioners from across a diversity of vocational ministry contexts who share a commitment to rethinking and advancing religious leadership in the public square. This cohort equips faith leaders to understand social movements and religious movements as partners, building skills for mobilizing faith communities in their response to systemic injustices in specific situations and contexts.
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Leadership Training for Religious Professionals in Any Context

DMin in Leadership for Social Transformation students are religious professionals who devote time to honing their knowledge, competencies, research, and interdisciplinary skillsets to broaden their leadership frameworks and styles for change-making work. In this new DMin track, leadership will not mean only one thing: local pastors will learn alongside chaplains, community organizers next to counselors and non-profit leaders. These diverse callings, alongside the rich diversity of our faculty and student body, reflect the future of the church and a deeply collaborative approach to DMin studies at Garrett. The invitation is to imagine and equip oneself to lead communities in new and transformative ways. 

Tailored to Fit Your Needs

You can complete the required 30-credit hours in the DMin program in as little as three years or as many as six. Classes are offered in a hybrid model of on-campus and online courses to give you high quality theological education in a flexible format. Once the coursework is completed the research project follows. The research project is tailored specifically to your ministry context and you will be supported by an on-site advisory team and the DMin faculty.

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. 

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.

Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Ministry in Leadership for Social Transformation is a 30-credit hour program.

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 is Summer 2022. Applications are due by March 15, 2022.

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.