Doctor of Ministry

DMin Program

The purpose of the Doctor of Ministry Degree is to provide a level of knowledge, theoretical clarity, and competence of practice commensurate with the highest earned degree for the profession and practice of ministry. 

DOCTOR OF MINISTRY GOALS AND OUTCOMES
 
  1. To introduce significant scholarship in specific areas of specialization (Christian Spirituality, Justice and Peacemaking, Leadership and Ministry, Mission and Community Transformation, Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy, Preaching, Scripture and the Life of the Church, and Theology/Christian Worship) that connects to the practice of ministry (Knowing).
Outcome 1: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on advanced scholarship related to their particular areas of specialization.
Outcome 2: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to connect readings in their areas of specialization with the practice of ministry.
 
  1. To develop advanced levels of competency in specific areas of ministry (Being). Spiritual maturity is defined for this purpose as “Receiving and nurturing loving (intimate, honest, genuine) encounters with God which then enhance your ability to express love for your neighbors and yourself.”
Outcome 1: Graduates will demonstrate increased competency in the professional practice of ministry, including ethical standards.
Outcome 2: Graduates will experience personal growth in the area of spiritual maturity.
 
  1. To integrate theological and pastoral issues with the practice of ministry in particular contexts in ways that reflect growth in ministerial capacity and spiritual maturity (Doing).
Outcome 1: Graduates will demonstrate within their ministry contexts an enhanced level of institutional strength related to the institutions’ practice of ministry.
Outcome 2: Graduates will demonstrate an enhanced level of pastoral skill related to the practice of ministry in their ministry contexts.

 

The D.Min. will help you further your skills in ministry and provide you with the kind of learning experience that you will value throughout your lifetime. Students remain in their fields of service for the entire program, coming to McAfee for classes and focused collegial interaction, for individual study at the library, or to engage in consultation with the student's faculty supervisor.

McAfee School of Theology's program invites ministers, denominational leaders, and persons in a variety of ministries to join with colleagues in working for excellence in ministerial leadership by:

  • Manifesting the unity and interrelatedness of theory and practice.
  • Emphasizing collegial learning with professors and peers.
  • Intense study in a variety of subjects designed and taught by experienced faculty.
  • Providing experiential learning with the encouragement of an accomplished minister in an area of your ministry emphasis and interaction with a faculty supervisor.
  • Writing a final project thesis that makes a unique contribution to a particular aspect of ministry and enhancing your practice of ministry, as well as your institution where you carry out your vocation.

McAfee’s approach to the seminary experience is evidenced in our commitment to "changing lives and transforming communities."  Since our inception, our mission has been to engage in the process of integrating essential knowledge with the spiritual development and practical experiences necessary for ministry.  You will find our Mission and Founding Principles and Frequently Asked Questions helpful as well as reviewing the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry courses of study .  

 

Application Requirements

Deadlines

Spring 2019

Final Application Deadline is November 30, 2018

Fall 2019

Final Application Deadline is May 31, 2019

Eligibility

Masters and Certificate applicants for admission to the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University are required to have a regionally accredited bachelor's degree with a liberal arts core or proof of an equivalent degree from a foreign university. Doctoral applicants are required to have a regionally accredited bachelor's degree as well as an M.Div. or equivalent. Admission will be based on your total application and admission interview (if required). Ultimate approval of admission is given by the Dean. 

For individuals who do not currently possess a bachelor's degree, but who want to work towards a Masters in theological study, Mercer offers pre-theology education through the College of Liberal Arts in Macon and through Penfield College in Atlanta. For more information about these programs, contact Mercer's Office of Undergraduate Admission.


Application Requirements

We are glad you are interested in applying to McAfee. Below are the requirements for applying. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

The Doctor of Ministry Committee of the faculty grants admission to the Doctor of Ministry degree program. Decisions are based on the total profile of the applicant, including an analysis of the applicant’s writing ability, as seen in the admission essays; quality of recommendations; grade point averages of academic work; standardized test scores; and the nature and extent of the applicant’s ministry experience. No single area of deficiency will disqualify an applicant from admission.

Successful applicants will complete and submit the following application materials to the McAfee School of Theology Admissions Office:

 

Biographical Information: Submitted online here

Resume: Including church positions and service; secular occupations; community involvement; academic honors; and research, civic, or leadership awards. 

Official transcripts: required from all higher education institutions previously attended. A grade point average of 3.25 from all master’s degree study in theology is preferred. Applicants must have completed a Master of Divinity degree (or a master’s degree in theology with a 72 hour M.Div. equivalence) from a school fully accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (or a recognized international accrediting organization). Applicants are expected to have served in full-time ministry for at least three years following receipt of the master’s degree.

A description of roles and responsibilities in active ministry in which the applicant can complete meaningful research integrating biblical, theological, and pastoral insights into the practice of specific ministry. Most applicants must have been engaged in active ministry for at least three years following receipt of an acceptable master’s degree in theology (a limited number of highly qualified applications with ministry experience completed prior to completion of the degree may be accepted).

TOEFL: If English is a second language, an official TOEFL score of 79 IBT (internet based TOEFL), 215 CBT (computer based TOEFL), 550 PBT (paper based TOEFL) or 6.5 IELTS is required.

References: Three reference documents, located in the application materials, completed by selected leaders in which assessment is made of the applicant’s ministerial practice.

Career Assessment: Brief, written career assessment describing the applicant’s history, ministry experience, ministry competencies, sense of call, goals for D.Min. study, theological self-reflection and a general area of research interest for a Project Thesis.

Writing Sample: 2000-2500 words.This may be an essay or excerpt of an academic paper on any topic. Please include bibliography and in-text citations or footnotes.  

Background check*: Completed online at Castle Branch, or call 1-888-666-7788 for more information. Please allow up to two weeks for us to receive the report. The package cost is $33.50, which must be ordered and purchased directly online by the applicant. The admissions office will supply the appropriate step-by-step directions on how to complete the background check. Please download instructions to order your background check and have it sent to the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. (International students having obtained an F-1 visa are excluded from the background check requirement).

Interview: An on-site or telephone interview arranged by the D.Min. office with a faculty member or the Associate Dean.

Complete the Application for Admission and return it with a check for $50.00, made payable to "McAfee School of Theology." This is a non-refundable application fee. The Doctor of Ministry committee of the faculty serves as the Admissions Committee for the program. All applicants are reviewed on the basis of a total profile of the applicant. No one expectation will eliminate an applicant from consideration.

Upon action by the committee, the Associate Dean will send a letter notifying the applicant of its decision. At that point, the admitted student must provide to the Doctor of Ministry office documentation of approval and a Covenant of Support for participation in the program from the student’s place of ministry.

Each admitted student must also complete a University Health form prior to registration.

*Failure to undergo the background check will result in exclusion from admission consideration. An individual with a criminal conviction is not automatically excluded from admission; the School will evaluate the time frame, nature, gravity, and relevancy of the conviction or charge offense in making a decision. Applicants may appeal the decision and will have the opportunity to present information to dispute the background check.

 

 


 

Nondiscrimination Policy

Mercer University is committed to providing equal educational programs or activities, and equal employment opportunities to all qualified students, employees, and applicants without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, age, or religion, as a matter of University policy and as required by applicable state and federal laws, including Title IX.  Inquiries concerning this policy may be directed to the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources Office, 1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, Georgia 31207, phone 478-301-2788 or contact raygoza_bm@mercer.edu, or in cases of Title IX concerns, these concerns may be referred to the Office of Civil Rights.

Doctor of Ministry

When is the deadline for applying?

Applications materials may be submitted at any time throughout the academic year. Applications must be received by November 15 each year to begin classes in January of the Spring semester. Applications must be received by April 1 to begin classes in the Fall semester.

How much will it cost?

Tuition for the D.Min. program at McAfee will vary by small amounts from year to year. The 2017-2018 tuition for the entire 33 hour program is set at $14,025 ($425 per credit hour). An application fee of $50.00 (non-refundable) is required, and a thesis binding fee will be required at the end of the program. Transportation, housing, meals, books, and materials are all additional expenses paid for by the candidates.

How long is the program?

The Doctor of Ministry Degree Program is a 33 hour program. Ministers considering the D.Min. program at McAfee should be prepared to spend a minimum of three and one half years in pursuit of the degree. Completion of the program is normally in four years, unless a leave of absence for specified reasons is granted.

When may I begin the program?

Students may begin the program with the first unit of experiential learning (Ministry Coaching, Preaching Consultation, or Spiritual Practice), offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer. Seminars are offered in June/July each year, with the possibility of January offerings, depending on enrollment. 

How often will I need to be on campus?

Residency required on the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University Atlanta campus is limited to the three seminars (Monday through Friday for 2 weeks on campus) and a two week final project thesis workshop. Candidates are welcome to spend whatever additional time they wish for such purposes as library research, faculty consultation, preparation of workshop or final project thesis materials, and independent study. A final oral examination over your completed Project Thesis will require a trip to the campus.

How do I apply?

You may download the application here. Please address your application materials to:

Office of Admissions
McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30341-4115

What are the eligibility requirements?

The Doctor of Ministry Committee of the faculty grants admission to the Doctor of Ministry degree program. Decisions are based on the total profile of the applicant, including an analysis of the applicant’s writing ability, as seen in the admission essays; quality of recommendations; grade point averages of academic work; standardized test scores; and the nature and extent of the applicant’s ministry experience. No single area of deficiency will disqualify an applicant from admission.

What if I have a theology degree that is not a Master of Divinity degree?

All applicants must have the equivalency of the Master of Divinity from a a school fully accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (or a recognized international accrediting organization). Applicants with a two-year master's degree in theology or a related area may complete additional hours to achieve 72 hour equivalency and may be admitted to the D.Min. with the condition that the equivalency be met before beginning enrollment in the D.Min. program.  Read the M.Div. Equivalency statement.

Can I transfer credit from another D.Min. program?

The McAfee School of Theology Doctor of Ministry Program will consider transfer credit on a case-by-case basis, up to a maximum of 10 hours.

I have my M.Div. from McAfee School of Theology. Why should I also complete a D.Min. from McAfee?

There are many options available for D.Min. study. The quality of the program you desire and your specific goals in ministry should determine where you might study. Consider that many of the networks for future ministry are developed in a D.Min. program. We believe the McAfee program is of the highest quality and will enhance your calling for ministry wherever you may serve.

Our admissions staff understands the importance of being servant leaders and seek to help guide students through the sometimes challenging admissions process. So if you have questions, concerns, thoughts, ideas, or just need to talk about vocational options, know we are here to help. We would love the opportunity to get to know you, answer your questions, and invite you to visit our beautiful campus located just 10 minutes north of downtown Atlanta. To speak with one of them directly, follow the links below:

 

Nikki Carroll Hardeman
Director of Admissions, hardeman_ln@mercer.edu

(678) 547-6357

 

Natalie King
Enrollment Associate, king_nv@mercer.edu

(678) 547-6474