Doctor of Ministry Degree (DMin)
Intentionally small cohorts. Qualitative research methods.
Writing retreats, workshops, and on-going support for your success.
Each new cohort begins Seminar I the first Monday in January.
A $75 application fee is required.
The Application deadline for:
- Early admission: April 1.
- Regular admission: September 1.
Transfer credit from another Doctor of Ministry program or other post-Master of Divinity course work normally cannot exceed three (3) credit hours and cannot replace the four required DMin seminars. For more details, please see the LPTS Catalog.
The Doctor of Ministry application requires 4 references submitted on the reference form:
- A peer in ministry
- A layperson from your ministry site
- An ecclesiastical supervisor
- Former professor
The Doctor of Ministry Degree Committee bases its admission decisions on the following criteria (not necessarily in this order or priority):
- An accredited BA or BS and a BD or MDiv or its equivalent.
- View the MDiv Equivalency Requirements.
- “B” average (3.0 of 4.0 scale) or higher in MDiv work.
- Significant ministry experience (either three years post-MDiv ministry experience or five years of consistent professional ministry prior to the time of application).
- Current engagement in a recognized form of professional ministry.
- References from a peer in ministry, a layperson, an ecclesiastical supervisor, and former professor.
- Clarity, viability, need, and seriousness of objectives (why the candidate is pursuing the DMin).
- Availability of Seminar I openings.
- An interview with the Doctor of Ministry Committee may be required.
The Doctor of Ministry program at Louisville Seminary offers short-term, intensive seminars twice a year for the first two years of the program. Because of this schedule and the part-time nature of the degree program, international students would not meet the requirements needed to maintain F-1 visa status. Accordingly, the Doctor of Ministry program does not accept international students.
Classwork and Accommodations
All seminars and classes at Louisville Seminary will be conducted in a hybrid format, offering both in-person and online instruction.
Advanced Practice of Ministry
The DMin in Advanced Practice of Ministry is designed to offer a flexible advanced program of training that leads to doctoral-level competence in a wide variety of areas: preaching, pastoral care, Christian education, evangelism, mission, worship, congregational development and redevelopment, and community engagement. The program is designed to enhance critical theological thinking and reflection skills that are then used to inform current or proposed ministry practice.
Pastoral Care and Counseling
The DMin in Pastoral Care and Counseling (PCC) track is designed to offer a flexible advanced program of training that leads to doctoral-level competence in the practice of pastoral care and counseling. The DMin in Pastoral Care and Counseling requires that students use one of the three Advanced Practice Courses (APCs) in the program to improve their skills in some clinical area. Student goals for the PCC track may include, but are not limited to:
- Improving skills in parish counseling or pastoral care;
- Completing requirements for certification as a chaplain (Association of Professional Chaplains);
- Expanding theological and spiritual reflection skills as an already licensed marriage and family therapist, professional counselor, social worker or psychologist; and
- Completing requirements as an ACPE supervisor or AAMFT Approved Supervisor, or completing other professional credentials.
Black Church Studies
Building on the historic commitments and traditions of Black churches in the United States, the primary purpose of the Black Church Studies program at Louisville Seminary is to find and develop leaders by educating, equipping, and preparing leaders—of all ethnicities and races—to lead African American churches and communities in ways that are just, visionary, practical, and powerful. Equally important is our commitment to rigorous conversation and relationships of power, community, and respect between Black churches, Black communities, and the wider Church in the world.
The DMin in Black Church Studies is designed to offer students a rigorous, advanced program of teaching and training that leads to doctoral-level competence in a wide variety of areas: preaching, pastoral care, Christian education, evangelism, congregational development/redevelopment, and community organizing. The program is designed to build a strong foundation of critical research, action, and reflection on the ways that race, class, and gender act in ways to advance some and disadvantage others and on what should be the public and prophetic role of Black Churches and the wider Church in leading, not following, in the transformation of people, institutions, and cultures—for the world, for the salvation of the whole world.
DMin Program Tuition and Fees
$750 Continuation Fee each semester beyond the sixth semester of study.
Students should also consider the following costs:
- Travel to and from Louisville
- Housing Costs (off-campus hotel accommodations rates typically run $100–$130 a night)
- Books and incidentals
Once you have been approved for admission, your enrollment will be complete when we receive your non-refundable $200.00 tuition deposit which can be paid online (additional processing fee added).
These funds will be applied to your student account.
You may also submit your application fee and/or tuition deposit with a check made payable to:
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Admissions — Attn.: Ms. Becky Young
1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, KY 40205-1798
* Current tuition for cohorts beginning in January 2023, and subject to increase.
3-Year Path to Graduate
NOTE: Advanced Practice of Ministry Courses (APM) may be taken any time throughout the year and do not necessarily have to correspond with the DMin Seminars. Advanced Practice of Ministry Courses may not be taken prior to DMin Seminar II without the written permission of the Associate Dean.
Guides and Forms
Office of Admissions
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
800-264-1839 ext. 369
Ms. Becky Young