D.Min. Application Requirements

McAfee School of Theology Building, Atlanta Campus


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2016 Fall Final Application Deadline is May 1, 2017.

2017 Spring Final Application Deadline is November 15, 2016.


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 (usually at least 3 years of full-time professional experience). No single area of deficiency will disqualify an applicant from admission.

Successful applicants will complete and submit the following application materials to the Admissions Office:

  • Application fee of $50.00 submitted via check, money order, or cash.

  • Official transcripts 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 masters 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).

  • A Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) completed in the previous five years. A score on the MAT above the fiftieth (50th) percentile is preferred, but not required. If English is a second language, a score of at least 215 (new scale) on the TOEFL is required.

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

  • Brief, written personal essays describing your call to ministry, previous educational experiences, goals for D.Min. study, theological self- reflection and an area of research interest for a Project Thesis.

  • Background check* - Background check to be filed online at Castle Branch, or call 1-888-666-7788 for more information. 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.

  • An on-site or telephone interview arranged by the D.Min. office with a faculty member or the Associate Dean. Application, essays, and background check must be submitted prior to the interview.

*In order to fulfill contracts with our seminary partners, McAfee School of Theology now requires that all McAfee applications undergo a criminal background check. Admission into McAfee is pending receipt of a background check report from www.certifiedbackground.com
Applicants are responsible for ordering and purchasing their own background check directly online. Each applicant must authorize McAfee School of Theology to obtain a background check in order to satisfy the admission requirements. The only exclusion to the background check will be special exceptions made for International Students who are in the process of obtaining, or have obtained the F-1 visa. This exception is monitored by the Admissions Office, which has the right to administer the exemption as necessary. Failure to undergo the background check will result in exclusion from admission consideration. If criminal behavior is detected in the background check, the student may not be admitted to McAfee School of Theology. Students may appeal the decision and will have he opportunity to present information to dispute the background check.

McAfee accepts applications from all denominations provided they fall within the above guidelines. McAfee does not discriminate according to gender, age, ethnic origin, or race. Candidates with special needs should comply with Mercer University’s policy on special needs.

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.