The Doctor of Ministry Degree is classified as a professional doctoral degree providing space for renewal, growth, companionship among peers and rich dialogue with faculty. This degree culminates in a final doctoral project consistent with the Association of Theological School’s standards in which each candidate demonstrates her or his ability to identify a specific theological topic in ministry, organize an effective research model, use appropriate resources and evaluate the results reflecting the candidate’s depth of theological insight in relation to ministry.
The purpose of the Doctor of Ministry Degree Program at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is to engage the challenges, opportunities and vocation of ministry through a systematic and sustained curriculum involving disciplined study and reflection over a period of three to four years. Those undertaking the degree are to develop a habit of reading and study, writing and rewriting that provide a pattern of sustained engagement. In addition, the cohort model is to facilitate peer relationships and shared learning.
The Degree Program seeks to utilize critical thinking skills, written and oral proficiency, community conversation and contextual awareness so that graduates are able to:
- Define and analyze complex situations to understand the various factors involved and to identify opportunities for effective mission and ministry.
- Organize insights from biblical studies, theology and the social sciences to address the issues involved in one’s ministry and to unite vision and mission for the church and beyond.
- Take responsible action with a deeper grasp of the homiletical, educational, pastoral care and leadership issues, enhanced by a biblical, historical and theological heritage.
- Evaluate actions and their outcomes from a variety of perspectives and finally,
- Articulate a vision for pastoral ministry.
A distinctive feature of the Doctor of Ministry Degree Program is the emphasis on integrating academic study and research methodology with the practice of ministry. This emphasis is carried out through the teaching-learning styles utilized in seminars and courses, the partnership developed between candidates and committees from their places of ministry (when appropriate), and the doctoral project. The project provides an opportunity for candidates to explore in-depth an aspect of their ministry with which they are presently concerned. Reading lists and course syllabus are sent early enough for adequate preparation.
For more information, please contact the Doctor of Ministry Office:
616 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206