Frequently Asked Questions

When is the deadline for applying?

Applications materials may be submitted at any time throughout the academic year.  Applications must be received by November 15th each year to begin classes in January of the Spring semester.  Applications must be received by May 1  for beginning 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 2016-2017 tuition for the entire 33 hour program is set at $12,210 ($370 per credit hour). An application fee of $50.00 (non-refundable) is required, and a thesis binding fee of a minimum of $120 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:

Doctor of Ministry Degree Program
Mercer University
McAfee School of Theology
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.

Successful applicants will complete and submit the following application materials to the Doctor of Ministry Office:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • *Background check - Background check to filed online at, 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.

    *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

    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.



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, or in cases of Title IX concerns, these concerns may be referred to the Office of Civil Rights.




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 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.

Where can I take the MAT?

When you receive an application to the D.Min. program you will notice that the Miller Analogies Test is required of all applicants. Several major universities and testing sites around the Southeast offer this test. Visit the Pearson MAT Homepage and select "Find a MAT Testing Center"

When you take the Miller Analogies Test, please make sure that you instruct the testing center to mail all test results to Mercer University's Atlanta Campus, McAfee School of Theology, Doctor of Ministry Degree Program.

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.