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Doctor of Ministry

Reflect critically upon your vocation, engage in rigorous theological reflection and advanced learning experiences, and grow in your ministry competence.


This Doctor of Ministry is a practical and professional degree program. It is centered around a praxis model of theological reflection that stresses the continual interaction and integration of the biblical, theological, and cultural disciplines in ministry.

Students enrolled in this degree are dually enrolled in Kairos University and receive their degree from Kairos.


If you are seeking continued development in a program that is rooted in your context and have exhibited exceptional leadership and academic ability, this program is for you!

Online | 36 Credits | Two Years




Ministry|PATH Scholarships reduce tuition to just $200 per credit hour

Program Breakdown

The Doctor of Ministry is 36 credit hours and consists of the following experiences:

Starting Well 
Effective Project Design 

Biblical and Theological Understanding 
Integration in Ministry Context 

Sociological and Cultural Understanding 

Final Project 
Continuing Well 
Program Outcomes

With a focus on formation, biblical study, vocational discernment, theological reflection, and integrated practice, the Doctor of Ministry helps you connect your journey of discipleship with what God is doing in the world. Through the program, you will develop and demonstrate proficiency in its seven integrated outcomes: Starting Well, Effective Project Design, Bible and Theology, Integration in Ministry, Sociology and Culture, Final Project Completion, and Continuing Well.

Peer Reflection Seminars

Many students count the peer reflection seminars as a highlight of their time in Kairos. Over the course of your time in the program, you will participate in four peer reflections seminars – twice as an observer and twice as a presenter. In these seminars, students give a presentation on some aspect of their doctoral project and then engage in a facilitated dialogue with their peers. 

Customized Learning Experiences

Learning experiences in Kairos are built around an invitation for you to explore some aspect of your vocation, Christian thought and practice, or the human experience. You have the opportunity to progress through these learning experiences in the way that is most helpful to you in your context and vocation. You also have the opportunity to work with faculty members to create entirely new or customized learning experiences that help you develop vocational excellence and expertise. Learn more about customized learning here. In the Doctor of Ministry program, you will develop and complete two of these customized learning experiences in collaboration with your mentor team.

Final Project

You will be invited to complete a final project in which you integrate your learning, theology, and practice. The project is intended to help you take the next best step in your vocational context by planning, conducting, and reflecting on a project that you completed in  your context while engaged in the program. You will work with your mentor team to customize or concentrate in any area of interest. This means you can focus on anything from missional theology, systems design and thinking, pastoral care, or chaplaincy to biblical languages, spiritual formation and direction, finances, strategic leadership, and much more. The choice is yours!

Contextual Learning

Throughout the program, you have the opportunity to work with your mentor team to design learning experiences that are entirely shaped by what you are doing (or will do) in your current or desired vocational context. Are you planting a church? Building a youth ministry program? Developing curriculum? Then use that in your program! Are you managing finances? Writing code? Building homes? Developing software? Leading teams? Then use that in your program! If an experience or project is connected to what it means to flourish in your vocation, then use it to make progress in your program!

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