The D.Min. Process at ACU


The format of the D.Min. program is built around a series of eight one-week intensive short courses taken in residence on the ACU campus. After the initial orientation period (BIBM 701), students may take up to three courses per year, which are offered one week in January and two weeks in June. Each course consists of: 

  1. Advanced readings assigned several weeks before the first class meeting.
  2. Five days of class meetings on campus.
  3. A project/paper(s) to be submitted several weeks after the class meetings.

All requirements for a course must be completed before a student is permitted to enroll in an additional course. A minimum of three years and a maximum of six years are allowed for completion of the degree.

Course requirements for the D.Min. are:

1.  BIBM 701 Orientation (0 credit hours)

2.  Core Courses (9 credit hours)

  • BIBM 702 Biblical and Theological Foundations of Ministry (3 credit hours)
  • BIBM 706 Christian Leadership Development (3 credit hours)
  • BIBM 725 Project/Thesis Seminar (3 credit hours)

3.  Electives (15 hours, chosen in consultation with the student's advisor)

4.  Project/Thesis (6 hours, completed in consultation with the student's advisor)

5.  Oral exam

Candidacy Process

The Doctor of Ministry is a formational degree that requires students to make progress in their academic, personal, and professional development. Therefore, students will be required to apply for candidacy after the first nine hours. Students should submit the Application for Candidacy Status form and related materials to the Doctor of Ministry Office. Students must be approved prior to beginning second-year studies.


"At its core stands a wise, imaginative, and well trained faculty that care deeply about ministers and the church. To enter the D.Min. program is to become part of a conversation with fellow ministers and faculty that will energize and equip you for the challenges of service to the church and the world."                                           --Jerry Neill, class of 2009


"ACU's Doctor of Ministry program changed my life and ministry. It gave me a greater understanding of myself as a leader and fresh ideas for serving God. A synergy developed in each class which led to a new level of creativity for serving God and people. A couple years after graduation I am still unpacking things that accumulated during my time in the program."

--Allen Burris, class of 2006

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Dr. John Knox of Granbury, Texas
Dr. John Knox of Granbury, Texas explains how a Doctor of Ministry was the best educational path for his ministry and why Abilene Christian University was the right choice for him.
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  • January 31, 2013

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