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DMin Ministry Leadership online Degree Program
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online, 8 Week Courses
Transfer Credits
Up to 6 credit hours can be transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
Oct 22, 2018
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Guide Your Ministry to Explosive Growth with the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) – Ministry Leadership

Liberty University’s 100% online Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is designed to equip ministry professionals and pastors to advance their ministry through gospel-centered, accessible, and practical ministry skills. Liberty University’s online seminary was founded by leading Christian scholars and prolific theologians who deliver the advanced doctoral studies of the D.Min. Degree. For additional hands-on ministry experience, you can take advantage of optional on-campus intensives that will connect you with peers and professors. The flexibility of our 100% online format allows you to remain engaged full-time in the ministry God has placed you in, while still pursuing advanced doctoral studies.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Online Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) – Ministry Leadership?

Liberty University’s online Doctor of Ministry programs are focused on practical ministry so that you can gain the skills and knowledge you need to better serve in your specific ministry context. Our online D.Min. Degree uniquely combines three distinct and necessary components for the engaged Christian leader: our program is gospel-centered, accessible, and practical. During your online Doctor of Ministry program studies, you will focus on practical solutions rather than theoretical research, ensuring that you can use the skills and knowledge you gain from this program to solve real-world problems.

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What Will You Learn in Our Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)?

The core content of our online Doctor of Ministry degree provides the basis for advanced doctoral-level academic research and writing that will carry into the rest of the ministry-specific course content and thesis project. This will ensure that you are well equipped for the research and writing aspects of the degree, while also assisting you in your publishing and writing sermons. You will study fundamental Spiritual Factors of Growing Churches and the Growth and Development of the Contemporary Minister to give you a guided perspective on the important elements of ministry practice. You can choose two doctoral-level electives in many areas, including Discipleship Ministry and Worship Studies, to equip you for your ministry.

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Degree Info
Potential Careers
Admission Requirements

Online D.Min. Degree Information and Requirements

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Potential Career Options for Online D.Min. – Ministry Leadership Graduates

  • Senior Church Administrator
  • Senior Pastor
  • Lead/Associate Pastor
  • Discipleship Pastor
  • Youth Pastor
  • Seminary Professor

Graduates of our online Doctor of Ministry Degree will have a terminal doctorate credential that may provide opportunities to publish academic research and pursue college-level teaching, as well as serve in a senior ministry leadership role. Students who complete the Ministry Leadership area of study for the online D.Min. degree will be especially effective in leadership and administration roles in Christian ministries and churches, as well as ministry trainers and teachers. These skills may also make students eligible for university-level and seminary teaching.

Online D.Min. Degree Program Highlights

  • By earning your online D.Min. Degree from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set 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’re lowering our tuition for our Doctor of Ministry programs for the 2018-19 academic year by instituting a $2,750 block rate for D.Min. programs.

  • Students can complete our online D.Min. Degree in as little as two years.
  • Liberty University’s online Seminary, the Rawlings School of Divinity, has experienced Christian counselors and ministry professionals who teach practical ministry skills while imparting deep theological teaching.
  • Learn from renowned Christian scholars and ministry professionals in the Liberty University School of Divinity, such as Dr. Elmer L. Towns, Dr. Harold Willmington, and Dr. Gary R. Habermas.
  • Develop practical ministry skills that will help you ensure that individuals and families in your ministry are connected and growing in the church.
  • Create powerful sermons that will help your congregation grow in their faith and understand scripture and deeper theological truths.

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Admission Requirements for the Online D.Min.

Applicants must have a 3.0 or above cumulative combined GPA for all accredited colleges previously attended. Please visit our Admission Requirements Page for more detailed admissions related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission Application
  • Application fee*
  • Divinity Questionnaire
  • Two Pastoral Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts showing a Master of Divinity or a Master of Divinity Equivalent
  • Three years of pastoral experience
  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement
  • School of Divinity Questionnaire
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Professional Vita
  • Proof of English proficiency

*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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