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Years (Avg.)
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100% online, 8-week courses
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Transfer in up to 6 credits
Next Start Date
January 13, 2020
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

This program will be available in Spring 2020.

Become an Effective Minister in Urban Cultural Contexts with a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Urban Ministry Degree

Are you passionate about meeting the needs of people in urban or inner-city settings? Liberty University has created a unique degree program for ministry professionals like you to help you thrive as you pursue a career serving these populations – the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Urban Ministry. This program will give you knowledge and insight into working with urban populations as well as opportunities to conduct extensive research and develop your own insights into this type of ministry.

Your heart for reaching diverse groups in dense populations does not go unrecognized. Growing numbers within cities both nationally and globally mean people like you – with the right training, skills, expertise, and passion – are critical to reaching these populations with the Gospel. Partner with us to gain advanced knowledge in understanding the unique demands of urban ministry so you can meet the needs of people living within major cities.

Why Choose Liberty’s Doctor of Ministry in Urban Ministry?

At Liberty University, our mission is Training Champions for Christ. In keeping with that mission, we strive to provide ministry professionals like yourself with an excellent and Christ-centered education. Here, you’ll receive the resources you need to become well-equipped in developing culturally relevant ministries for urban populations.

Throughout your D.Min. in Urban Ministry, you’ll study under professors who have years of ministerial experience and are experts in their disciplines. They hold doctorates in ministry-related fields and are committed to mentoring you throughout your program. You’ll be encouraged throughout your interactions with them in your virtual classroom.

In addition to learning from professionals in evangelism, theology, and ministry, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your own professionalism in the field. This degree includes courses in research and thesis development which will prepare you to write your thesis. You will have regular feedback and support from faculty and staff as you consider innovative ideas and ways to influence others with the Gospel in urban settings.

What are the Benefits of Liberty’s Online Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Degree?

  • Unlike many online bible colleges or seminaries, Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • Completing our online doctor of ministry degree will offer a practice-focused training that emphasizes solving real-world ministry problems with advanced practice and research.
  • The customizable content of the online D.Min. degree allows you to choose courses that directly relate to your ministry, and the thesis provides an opportunity to dig into research and scholarship under the mentorship of Liberty’s Christian scholars to better equip you for your ministry.
  • Complete an integrated thesis project that will demonstrate your expertise and ability to apply advanced theology and Christian scholarship to practical ministry problems.

What Will You Learn in Our Doctorate in Urban Ministry?

A doctoral degree in ministry will prepare you to lead and influence others in a variety of ministerial settings. Through it, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to initiate new work, continue a thriving ministry, or simply excel in your outreach through church, parachurch, or nonprofit organizations. With a specialization in urban ministry, you’ll develop a vision for mission in the city and receive specific preparation for working with dynamic and diverse populations.

Additionally, you will write a thesis as a part of your program. Through this requirement, you’ll complete extensive research and develop new insight on the topic of urban ministry. This will give you a deeper understanding of relevant issues in urban society and the additional skills you need to excel in this field. You’ll be able to analyze and address complex needs of communities and integrate Gospel-related solutions to your work in dense cities with diverse populations.

Featured Courses

  • CHMN 850 – A Biblical and Missiological Theology of the City*
  • CHMN 851 – Contemporary Issues of the City*
  • CHMN 852 – Disciple-making Strategies among Diverse Communities*
  • PACO 825 – Growth and Development of the Contemporary Minister*

*Course guide coming soon!

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Highlights of Our D.Min. in Urban Ministry Degree

  • By earning your Doctor of Ministry degree from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top 1% 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.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 4 years – and counting.
  • You can complete your Doctor of Ministry program in as little as 2 years!
  • The Doctor of Ministry in Urban Ministry is one of the only degrees of its kind offered 100% online.
  • Learn from faculty who are excited about teaching, training, and guiding you throughout your program from a Christian perspective and their years of ministerial experience.

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Career Opportunities for D.Min. in Urban Ministry Graduates

Liberty University’s Doctor of Ministry programs are designed for professionals who are actively engaged in full-time ministry. The program is intended to provide professional development for your career as a full-time minister. However, the Doctor of Ministry in Urban Ministry may expand your career potential into positions such as:

  • Church or ministry leader in an urban setting
  • Director of urban ministry at a nonprofit organization
  • Parachurch administrator
  • Senior pastor of an inner-city church

Admission Requirements for Our Online D.Min. in Urban Ministry Degree Program

Applicants must have a regionally or nationally accredited Master of Divinity degree (or its equivalent) 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*
  • Divinity Questionnaire
  • Contact Information for two pastoral recommenders
  • Official Transcripts showing a Master of Divinity or a Master of Divinity Equivalent
  • 3 years of ministry experience
  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement
  • 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.