Online Doctor Of Ministry Dmin Degree
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Class Type 100% online, 8-week courses
Next Start Date May 13, 2024
Transfer Credits Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Accreditation ATS Commission on Accrediting
learning and career outcomes
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Take the Final Step in Your Ministry Education with Liberty’s Online Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Degree

Are you a current ministry professional looking to enhance your ability to help people grow in their walk with Christ? Do you want to retool and equip yourself to enter an exciting new field of service? Liberty’s online seminary can help you build on your experience and skills to serve God in new and powerful ways.

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Our 100% online Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree program can help advance and sharpen your ministry skills by providing you with a deeper understanding of biblical principles and outreach strategies so you can serve in a variety of pastoral roles. With many specialized tracks for different fields of ministry, you can customize your studies to get the training you need and step out into the field with confidence.


Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Your seminary degree is approved by ATS and has met rigorous accreditation standards, so you can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Online Doctor of Ministry Degree?

At Liberty, our online DMin degree is a practice-focused program. That means your studies can equip you with the hands-on training you need to find creative solutions to the challenges you’ll face in a variety of ministry settings.

Throughout the DMin degree program, you will be taught by faculty members who are ministry professionals with years of real-world experience. We also offer many different specializations, so you can choose an area of study that focuses on the research methods and practical skills you need for your career. By selecting a specialization, you can personalize your online Doctor of Ministry degree (DMin) and prepare to pursue your unique goals.

Additionally, our doctorate degree in ministry (DMin) is offered 100% online, so you can get the advanced training and studies you need from the comfort of your home. You’ll have the freedom and flexibility to stay invested in your job, family, church, and community while earning a degree that can help you answer God’s calling on your life.

Benefits of Earning a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Liberty University

Doctoral degrees can help open doors to new opportunities and enhance your credibility. By earning your DMin degree online through Liberty University, you can join expert ministry professionals who have been trained to research and implement practical ministry skills grounded in firm biblical principles.

Our DMin program can equip you to synthesize the theological foundation established in your master’s program with the current climate of ministry within your field to address a specific ministry problem.

Our Doctor of Ministry online degree can also help you:

  • Meet the requirements to teach at the college level (depending on the institution)
  • Obtain the highest and most prestigious ministry-based credential that you can earn in the School of Divinity
  • Prepare for church leadership roles such as head pastor or executive pastor
  • Pursue more job opportunities in the ministry field and stand out as a top applicant

Military Tuition Discount

Lead your field with the doctoral degree you want – at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity as you work towards your goal of reaching the pinnacle of your profession – for less.

Specializations for the Doctor of Ministry Degree Program

If you are considering our Doctor of Ministry degree, you have the opportunity to choose a specialization. This will allow you to personalize your degree to your unique career goals and interests. Take a look at all of your options below!

Biblical Studies


Church Revitalization


Evangelism and Church Planting

Expository Preaching and Teaching

Ministry Leadership

Next Generation Ministry

Pastoral Counseling

Spiritual Formation

Strategic Christian Ministry

Theology and Apologetics

Urban Ministry


What Will You Learn in Our DMin Online Degree Program?

Our Doctor of Ministry degree offers an in-depth study of spiritual formation and ministry in your core classes, so you can better understand the advanced material in your specific area of study. Our online DMin core classes were specifically chosen to help you gain the essential knowledge and skills needed for your final project. Half of your degree will be made up of core courses and specialization courses, and the other half will include the process for completing your portfolio or thesis project report.

This program was designed to help you gain the biblical foundation needed to meet the challenges and opportunities facing ministry leaders today with clarity and confidence. Regardless of which specialization you choose, you will study the following core topics:

  • Distinguishing marks of a mature disciple
  • Methods for creating a spiritual assessment to measure spiritual health
  • Standard doctoral research practices
  • Techniques for creating a plan to foster spiritual growth
  • Theological basis for ministry evaluation

When selecting your specialization, you’ll want to evaluate your interests and long-term goals. Are you passionate about youth ministry? If so, the next generation ministry track may be right for you. Do you want to grow in your understanding of homiletics and learn to better preach the Gospel? Check out our expository preaching and teaching specialization. If you’re passionate about ministering to the mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of your congregation, the pastoral counseling track can help equip you for non-licensure biblical counseling roles.

These are just a few of the DMin specializations offered here at Liberty – we have a wide range of options so you can get the specific skills you need!

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Potential Careers with a Doctor of Ministry Degree

  • Christian scholar
  • Evangelist
  • Seminary professor
  • Senior church administrator
  • Senior pastor
  • University professor

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some common questions about Liberty’s Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degrees:

What does DMin stand for? What is a DMin degree?

What is a Doctor of Divinity? Is it the same as a DMin?

How can I earn a Doctor of Ministry online?

Does Liberty offer an accredited online DMin program?

Does Liberty’s doctorate in ministry program (DMin) require an MDiv for admission?

Should I choose a DMin or a PhD?

How long does it take to complete the online Doctor of Ministry degree program (DMin)?

What can you do with a doctorate of ministry?

When can I start my doctorate in ministry (DMin)?

Admission Requirements for the Online DMin Degree Program

Applicants must have a regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • School of Divinity Questionnaire
  • Previous education showing at least 18 graduate hours of Bible/Theology or ministry-related courses
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Professional Vita
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

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Highlights of Our Online Doctorate in Ministry Degree Program

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online Doctor of Ministry degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • You’re pursuing your degree because you want to serve God and others with excellence. We want to honor that goal by making your degree as affordable as possible. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have a set block rate of $2,750 a semester if you take 7 to 15 credit hours. This can save you up to $6,000 a semester!*
  • Electronic textbooks are provided for many divinity courses** all for one convenient fee. To continue our mission of providing affordable education, this fee is waived for students who enroll by Summer 2024 D-term.
  • You can complete Liberty’s online DMin degree program in as little as 2 years.
  • Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • The John W. Rawlings School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

*Credits taken below 7 and above 15 are charged at the part-time rate.

**Electronic textbooks are not provided for courses that fall under departments outside the School of Divinity.

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Transfer Policies

At Liberty, we want to help you make the most of your prior education by allowing you to transfer in previously earned college credit. That’s why you can transfer in up to 50% of your total credits for a master’s or doctoral program!

Some restrictions apply. Please visit our Transfer Policy page for more information.