Urban change is complex and constant. By the end of the century, 75 percent of the world’s population will be in urban areas. The Church must be spiritually and socially transformative in the urban arena. 

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Urban Change Focus will assist church leaders in framing and pursuing spiritually and socially transformative ministry responses to these urban circumstances.

Classes meet for two week sessions in January and June at Pittsburgh Seminary and at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. This DMin program is 36 credits and is to be completed in three years. Applications are accepted on a continual basis. Apply now to reserve your space in the next Urban Change cohort of the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program.


The Urban Change Focus of the DMin includes:

  • Cohort Mentors A distinctive aspect of this program is the use of cohort mentors, who will companion the cohort throughout the program helping students maintain a global and contextual focus and clarify corresponding research questions. Each cohort mentor will lead at least one online workshop between courses, with the explicit aim of having integrative discussions and to providing coaching on research.  Each professor teaching a seminar will lead the Friday morning session to help the students bring the work of that course into conversation with the program goals and their own research agendas.
  • Research Questions Students are required to develop a guiding research question and learn research methodologies appropriate to that question early in the program. This research question will guide each student’s work between courses, and will serve to further shape and clarify and focus the relationship between course work and each student’s ministry context.

Courses Include

  • Urban Christianity in Cross-Cultural and Global Perspective
  • Urban Challenges to the Well-Being and Empowerment of Women in Church and Society
  • Biblical Reflections on Cities: From Ancient Israel to the First Century Church
  • Immigration, Race, and Global Cultural Dimensions of Urban Ministry
  • Urban Contextual and Public Theology
  • Broken Lives and Communities and the Pursuit of Transformative Urban Ministries