D.Min. Application Requirements


2017 Fall Final Application Deadline is April 15, 2017.

2018 Spring Final Application Deadline is November 15, 2017.


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.

  1. Biographical Information - (can be submitted online through this link)

  2. Resume/CV - (Including Church Positions and Service, Secular Occupations, Community Involvement, Academic Honors, and Research, Civic, or Leadership Awards)

  3. Official Transcripts from all higher educational institutions previously attended

  4. Background check* - Background check to be filed online at Castle Branch, or call 1-888-666-7788 for more information. Please allow up to 2 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.

  5. $50.00 application fee (waived for Mercer graduates and veterans)

  6. Three Letters of Recommendation 

  7. Writing Sample of 500-750 words (can be excerpt) of an academic paper on any topic. Please include bibliography and in text citations or footnotes.

  8. Career Assessment

  9. Declaration of Specialization

  10. Admissions Interview - the interview is the most important part of the application process. Application, essays, and background check must be submitted prior to the interview. We will be in touch with you about setting up a time.


*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 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