The D.Min. is a 33-hour degree including 27 hours of coursework, a project/thesis (6 hours), orientation, and 2 spiritual formation retreats. Our program is built around a series of intensive classes, all of which include an online component, and most of which include a 2-day to 2-week residency on ACU’s campus or other designated learning site. Additionally, a number of our classes will soon be offered on Stirling Theological College’s campus in Melbourne, Australia (learn more).*
Our residency periods occur twice each year: for 1 week in January or March and 2 weeks in June (view course schedule). You can complete the D.Min. degree in as few as 3 years or as many as 6 years. View our sample completion schedules for domestic students and Australian students.
*Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Our D.Min. program includes the following requirements (view catalog).
Opening Residency (6 hours)
- Doctor of Ministry Orientation (0 hours)
- Theological Foundations for the Practice of Ministry (6 hours)
Method and Project/Thesis (9 hours)
- Project/Thesis Seminar I (1 hour)
- Project/Thesis Seminar II (2 hours)
- D.Min. Project/Thesis (6 hours; includes an oral exam)
Ministry Courses (18 hours)
- For a generalist degree: any 6 electives (18 hours) from the D.Min. curriculum
- For a specialized track: 4 classes (12 hours) from the same track plus any 2 additional electives (6 hours) from the D.Min. curriculum
- For Australian students pursuing the G.D.Div. concurrently: the 6 classes (18 hours) detailed here
Spiritual Formation (0 hours)
- 2 spiritual formation retreats
Our world-class faculty are active in scholarship as well as ministry. Drawing faculty from ACU, Stirling, and beyond, students in our program will have the chance to study with professors from both sides of the Pacific! Our program also leverages the power of peer-learning in a cross-cultural community of learners and disciples around the world.
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 we can lead others, we must learn to follow. That is why the heart of our program beats with a commitment to the spiritual formation of our students. This commitment takes shape through spiritual formation retreats designed specifically for persons who are engaged in ministerial leadership, and through threads of intentional formation woven through the fabric of our overall curriculum.
Our D.Min. program is exceptionally affordable, with a cost of only $4,000 per year for three years ($12,000 for the entire program), which equates to only $364 per credit hour! Additionally, we offer need-based and merit-based scholarships; monthly payment plans are available for the balance. You can request a D.Min. scholarship application from the D.Min. office or GST recruiter. See also our information about Graduate School of Theology affordability and scholarships.