Master of Divinity Equivalency

Pursue a D.Min. without an M.Div.

For anyone interested in pursuing a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree, an M.Div. or its educational equivalent is required for admission. So if you are interested in a D.Min. but hold an M.A. or other theological master’s degree, M.Div. Equivalency provides an avenue for you to gain the necessary requirements for entry into a D.Min. without starting from scratch on an M.Div. degree.

At ACU, our standard for evaluating M.Div. equivalency is our 72-hour M.Div. degree plan. We will review your graduate transcripts and determine which of the courses you have already taken will fit into the M.Div. equivalency plan, granting as many credits as possible.

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What outcomes can you expect?

Research Sources: Graduates will have critical facility with the most important primary sources and issues of scholarly discussion in biblical studies, theology, or church history

Research Methods: Graduates will have ability to use the best current methods of research in one of the following disciplines: biblical studies, theology, or church history

Original Research: Graduates will demonstrate ability to produce scholarly contributions in their field of study

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application and application fee;
  • An official transcript of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent.
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Next Steps

Upon receipt of all application materials, the Graduate School of Theology associate dean and Doctor of Ministry director will review your file and determine which courses you need to take to earn M.Div. Equivalency.

Note that admission to M.Div. Equivalency does not guarantee admission to the D.Min. program. Rather, it simply means that you would be approved to complete the hours needed to qualify as an applicant for the D.Min. program. After completing all courses needed to achieve M.Div. Equivalency, we will invite you to proceed with applying for admission to the D.Min. program!

Degree Details

Required Hours

Program length: varies

Example Coursework


Application Deadlines

One month prior to starting semester