- 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
- D.Min. application form and application fee.
- 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.
- Four recommendation forms from persons knowledgeable of the applicant's personal character and performance in ministry. At least one recommendation should provide an academic reference.
- Documentation of Ministry Employment
- 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.
All application materials should be submitted through gradapply.acu.edu. See full ACU graduate admissions requirements here.
If accepted into the D.Min. program, students may begin classes that summer or defer their enrollment for one year.
The capacity of any person to lead and sustain a ministry rests not in some technique or skill. Intellectual prowess, academic rigor, and advanced people skills are no substitute for the real catalyst for ministerial leadership. Before one can lead others, one must learn to follow. That is why the heart of our program beats with a commitment to the spiritual formation of the student.
This commitment takes shape through a mentoring program that connects students with D.Min. alumni who understand the rigors of ministry, scholarship, and a vibrant life with God. Additionally, D.Min. students gather each year for a retreat designed specifically for persons who are engaged in ministerial leadership.
Christian Spiritual Formation
Leadership for Missional Renewal
Preaching for Community Transformation
Program fee: $12,000
Program length: 3 years
Monthly payments for 3 years: maximum $333 per month
Credit hours: 33 ($363 per credit hour)
Theological Foundations for the Practice of Ministry
Forming Communities of Faith
Culture, Context and Community
Preaching in Contemporary Contexts
Graduate School of Theology
Summer 2019: January 31, 2019