Admissions Information

Admission Requirements

Master of Divinity Degree
An M.Div. degree or its educational equivalent from an accredited institution is required for admission to the program.
Ministry Experience
Applicants must be currently involved in a full-time ministry, and must have been involved in full-time ministry for at least three years following the completion of their first theological master's degree.  
Grade Point Average
A minimum grade point average in prior graduate work of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) must be documented.  

Application Materials

Application materials are listed below. All completed materials should be mailed or emailed directly to the D.Min. office by January 31. Materials can be submitted via email ( or mail (ACU Box 29405, Abilene, TX 79699-9405). Applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee only after receiving all of the materials:

  • Application form (PDF)
  • Application fee of $50 must accompany the application form. Checks should be payable to Abilene Christian University, or payment can be made online.
  • Official transcripts of all the applicant's undergraduate and graduate work, with degrees posted. All transcripts from outside the United States must be accompanied by a course-by-course credential evaluation from an approved company. See below for details
  • Documentation of Ministry Employment form (PDF), accompanied by a letter of endorsement from the applicant's elders or supervisors, acknowledging their approval for the applicant's participation in the program.
  • Four recommendation forms (PDF from persons knowledgeable of the applicant's personal character and performance in ministry. At least one recommendation should provide an academic reference.
  • Admission essay, which should be 5-9 pages, typed and double-spaced, including the components detailed below.
    • Personal self-reflection statement (3-5 pages): The applicant should describe his or her values, needs, and objectives for growth as a Christian minister.
    • Reflection on ministry context (1-2 pages): The applicant should present a brief description of his or her current ministry context, identifying the particular assets and challenges that impact his or her ministerial leadership.
    • Project/thesis interest statement (1-2 pages): The D.Min. program culminates in the design and completion of a project that addresses the practice of ministry in the student’s ministry context. The applicant should articulate a likely area of ministry practice that he or she hopes to pursue, and identify potential biblical, theological, and/or historical sources that might inform his or her research in that area of practice. 
  • Personal interview with the D.Min. director may be required.

Deadline & Application Process

Admission Deadline: January 31
Classes Start: June 2016

All application materials are due to the D.Min. office by January 31. Upon the applicant's completion of the above requirements, the D.Min. Admissions Committee will review the applicant's file for official action. The Doctor of Ministry office will send notification of the committee’s decision in February, with an official letter of acceptance or denial following from the Graduate School. New students will begin the program in June.

After receiving a letter of acceptance, the applicant will notify the D.Min. office of his or her intent to accept the invitation to enter the D.Min. program. If the applicant does not enter immediately after notification of acceptance into the program, the admission will be honored for one additional year only.

At this time, the applicant will be asked to pay a one-time resource fee of $200, which will cover a battery of psychological assessments as well as the interpretation of these results during D.Min. Orientation (BIBM 701). This testing package includes the Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory, TypeFocus, and Marital Satisfaction Inventory. Assessments will be obtained from and returned to the D.Min. office.

International Applicants

In addition to submitting the application documents detailed above, prospective D.Min. students from outside the United States must complete the following requirements:

  • All transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by a course-by-course credential evaluation from a one of the companies listed below, detailing U.S. equivalents to all course work and degrees completed abroad. Official reports should be sent directly to the D.Min. office. The applicant is responsible for all fees for this service. The ACU D.Min. program accepts credential evaluations from the companies below which are members of the National Association for Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). In rare circumstances, the D.Min. director may waive this requirement.
  • All requirements detailed on ACU’s International Graduate Application Information web page, including the following:
    • Acceptable TOEFL and/or IELTS scores
    • Financial information – proof of sufficient funds to study at ACU
    • Passport copy – to ensure the accuracy of your immigration documents

    Application Deadline:
 Summer 2017
  • January 15, 2017

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