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Doctoral Degree
Specialized Ministry


This degree has been designed for ministers, missionaries, community workers, organizational leaders, and others serving in specialized ministries.


Traditional seminary degrees are often out of
reach due to work, family, geography or finances.

Our degree is offered entirely online featuring
video-based micro-lectures, ZOOM video-conferencing, and tutorial formats.

The Diploma will list the approved specialized
course of study (including but are not limited to):


Doctor in Institutional Ministry

Doctor in Faith-Based Education

The course of study is based on the traditional Doctor of Ministry experience and includes:

Three 3-credit hour courses:

Christian Traditions
with Dr. Michael Christensen


neXt church 
with Dr. Carl Savage


Christian Futuring
with Dr. Robert Duncan

These courses were originally taught at Drew Theological School by our three professors who taught together in the Doctor of Ministry Program. Based on that experience, they
 published "Equipping the Saints - Mobilizing Laity for Ministry" which is used in all three courses in this degree.

       Tutorial Course

Specialized Ministry Elective - Tutorial with a Faculty Mentor in your area of ministry

Portfolio Experience - 24 Credits
Four 6-credit hour courses

Portfolio Research Methods  

Portfolio Research I

Portfolio Research II


Portfolio Paper

Round Library


The Faculty Mentor facilitates scheduled video conversations and participates in the portfolio preparation and examination.


Students journey through a series of research milestones to generate the final Capstone Project that addresses a Need or Opportunity in their ministry context.


Students set their own schedule and proceed at their own pace. Each course can be completed within 30 to 90 days.

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