School of Theology and Ministry
Graduate Degrees

Doctor of Ministry

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    *While working full time in a ministry setting 

     Rooted in commitment to preparing pastoral leaders for larger roles in our multicultural, religiously diverse and increasingly secular world, this Doctor of Ministry degree offers student-practitioners the opportunity to explore areas of contribution in which a person's deep calling meets the needs of the public square.  Practitioners accepted into this degree begin with peers in a summer residency related to Pastoral Leadership. They identify an area of growth that helps them develop  expertise and create specific responses to the evolving global, culturally and religiously diverse, spiritually hungry, economically marginalized and increasingly polarized people of our world.  The combination of advanced study in specific areas, advanced leadership focus, and completion of a research project designed to advance theological reflection in multiple contemporary contexts, offers the minister and leader an opportunity to explore areas of interest toward becoming an expert in a specific area of ministerial leadership.

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    Unique Components

    Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry faculty are known both nationally and internationally for their entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary, and integrative approaches to the challenges facing church communities today.  The School is one of eight colleges at Seattle University, an exemplary institution of higher learning that U.S. News and World Report ranks sixth among universities located west of the Mississippi River. The School of Theology and Ministry has an international reputation for its ecumenical efforts at promoting Christian unity and cooperation. It is also known for pastoral leadership, interreligious encounter, dialogue and collaboration. Immersed in these charisms, student-practitioners in the Doctor of Ministry program deepen their own religious identity, celebrate the gifts of other traditions, and engage religious and spiritual values in public debate about the common good. Developing colleagues of collaboration, graduates expand their capacity for leading congregations and religiously affiliated organizations.

    Vocations of Alumni

    • Denominational Executives or Senior Leadership Pastors
    • Executive, Social Service or Faith-Based Organizations
    • Religious Publishing / Religious Education Development
    • Professor / Instructor, Seminary Faculty
    • Senior Leadership in Ecumenical and Interreligious Organizations
    • Senior Leadership Positions in Ecclesial Communities

    Residency Considerations

    Summer residencies in the month of July over a two-year period is required of all DMin students. In the first year, an additional one week of residency is required in the Fall Quarter and one week in the Winter Quarter. Courses are available in a variety of learning modules, including transfer options, weekend and summer intensives, and hybrid distance learning availability throughout the program of study.

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants are required to have earned a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with no less than a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, on a scale of 4.0. Equivalency may be obtained, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, by such factors as possession of two master’s degrees in fields related to ministry. Students not meeting these requirements are encouraged to take graduate theological courses, which may be accepted, along with other graduate degrees already obtained, towards equivalency. Ministerial experience may not be considered as equivalent of, or a substitute for, the MDiv degree. International students must present an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
     
    The Doctor of Minsitry requires a demonstrated exercise of pastoral leadership. References from communities or organizations served by the applicant will attest to the applicants leadership of the community. Those wishing to pursue the Doctor of Ministry degree must have completed a minimum of three years of full-time professional ministerial experience subsequent to the MDiv degree or its equivalent.
     
    All applicants must be currently involved in Church ministry or a related leadership position. Two recommenders must attest to the applicant’s religious, moral and intellectual qualifications for ministry. Recommenders must: A) be someone who is qualified to attest to the applicant’s academic ability; B) be from a person who knows the quality of the applicant’s pastoral ministry/ leadership.

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    Infographic: Timeline

    This infographic illustrates how the Doctor of Ministry degree trajectory provides options for students that seek to graduate with a Pastoral Leadership certificate after the discernment process. Please direct any follow-up questions to Colette Casavant, our Admissions Coordinator: casavant@seattleu.edu  |  206.296.5333.

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