What is a DMin?

The Doctor of Ministry Degree (often called a DMin) is a professional doctoral degree providing space for renewal, growth, companionship among peers, and rich dialogue with faculty.

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 provides a pattern of sustained engagement. In addition, the cohort model is to facilitate peer relationships and shared learning.

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.

About the Doctor of Ministry Project

The DMin degree culminates in a final doctoral project consistent with the Association of Theological School’s standards, unlike other doctorate degrees which culminate in dissertations. In the Doctor of Ministry final project, 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 Doctor of Ministry Program accepts applications for all focuses on a continual basis. Because cohort groups fill quickly, we recommend you complete an application expressing your interest, and we will keep you informed of start dates and other details.

Our next DMin cohorts for Urban Change, Science and Theology, and Christian Spirituality begin in January 2018. And we also invite you to apply to the Parish Focus at Eckerd College (Florida), which begins in June 2018.

We hope you'll join us on this journey! If you have questions, please let us know. We're happy to help you discern this next step in your ministry.