Doctor of Ministry Degree
Intentionally small cohorts. Research based methods. Writing workshops and support.
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary offers a world-class Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree to strengthen the connection between theology and ministry practice either in the church and in fields closely related to the mission and witness of the church.
Our low tuition and block scheduling provide financial and personal flexibility that busy practitioners need. Under the guidance of our outstanding faculty, candidates study cutting-edge theological, biblical, and practical bases of ministry, and complete a project that strengthens their current ministry even as they earn their degree.
With intentionally small cohorts and an emphasis on research-based methods, DMin students receive additional support through writing workshops and one-on-one coaching.
Click here for the DMIN Fact Sheet.
Interested in hearing more about our Doctor of Ministry program? Join Rev. Dr. Angela Cowser, Associate Dean of Black Church Studies and Doctor of Ministry programs, for a 30-minute information session. Our open house events will resume in 2022 (January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, and May 16). All events are from 11 AM to 12 PM (EST), and will provide the same information each session, with an opportunity for Q&A.
To register for one of our virtual open houses, visit: https://www.lpts.edu/forms/dmin-virtual-open-house. The registration deadline is the Friday prior to the scheduled Monday Open House. If you register late, then you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the Open House on Monday as time allows prior to the time session for which you registered.
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 traditions of the Black Church, the primary purpose of the Black Church Studies program at Louisville Seminary is to educate, equip and prepare leaders for African American churches and communities in ways that enable them to navigate issues affecting the Black community. Equally important is our commitment to facilitating dialog, mutual understanding, respect, and ministry between the Black Church and the wider Church in the world.
The DMin in Black Church Studies 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, congregational development and redevelopment, and community engagement, with an eye toward how these issues affect or are affected by the Black Church and Black community. The program is designed to enhance critical theological thinking and reflection skills that are then used to inform current or proposed ministry practice.
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.
Admission and Application Requirements
Considerable work is required in preparation for the Seminars. Seminar I is offered each January. A $75 application fee is required. Deadlines for completed applications for January are:
The Doctor of Ministry Degrees Committee bases its admission decisions on the following criteria (not necessarily in this order or priority):
- early admission decisions - March 31
- regular admission decisions - September 1
An interview with the Doctor of Ministry Committee may be required.
- 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.
- Minimum of three years post-MDiv ministry experience.
- Currently engaged in a recognized form of professional ministry.
- References from a peer in ministry, a layperson, an ecclesiastical supervisor, official church body, and former professor.
- Clarity, viability, need, and seriousness of objectives (why the candidate is pursuing the DMin).
- Availability of Seminar I openings.
The Doctor of Ministry 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 requirements needed to maintain F-1 visa status. Accordingly, the Doctor of Ministry program does not accept international students.
Seminar I is offered each January. A $75 application fee is required. Application deadline for January admission is March 31 for early admission decisions and final deadline is September 1. Seminar I is offered each January. A $75 application fee is required. Deadlines for completed applications for January admission consideration are:
The application and reference forms can be completed and submitted with the application fee online.
- early admission decisions is - March 31
- regular admission decisions - September 1
The Doctor of Ministry application requires 5 references:
Peer in ministry
Official church body
All of these use the DMin Reference Form
DMIN Reference Form
Transfer credit from another Doctor of Ministry program or other post-Master of Divinity work normally cannot exceed three (3) credit hours and cannot replace the four required DMin seminars. For more details, please see the LPTS Catalog .
Doctor of Ministry Tuition and Fees
$14,500 Total Tuition for the entire program* (Payable across 6 equal installments for the first 3 years on Dec 15/ May 15)*Tuition does not include costs for programs, conferences, or other classes not associated with Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
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 tuition deposit. These funds will be applied to your student account at the seminary. The required tuition deposit for Doctor of Ministry students is $200.00 and can be paid online via Click & Pledge. If paid online then an additional processing fee is added.
You may also submit your application fee and/or tuition deposit with a check made payable to:
Office of Admissions
1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, KY 40205-1798
Location of Classwork and Accommodations
All seminars and classes are held at Louisville Seminary, located at the intersection of two beautiful city parks in eastern Louisville.
Louisville, Kentucky, located on the Ohio River, is home not only to the Kentucky Derby, but also to the University of Louisville, a minor league baseball team and soccer team, many excellent museums and arts opportunities, and a large number of excellent local restaurants and exciting night life.
Seminar I (January)/2 Weeks/6 Credits
Seminar II (June)/1 Week/4 Credits
Advanced Practice Course 3 Credits*
Seminar III (January)/1 Week/4 Credits
Advanced Practice Course 3 Credits*
Seminar IV (June)/2 Weeks/6 Credits
Approval of Prospectus
Advanced Professional Course/1 Week/3 Credit hours*
Project in Ministry (Completed by Mar 1 or Oct 1) 7 Credit Hours
*Note: Advanced Practice Courses (APCs) may be taken any time throughout the year after completing DMin Seminar II. Advanced Practice Courses (APCs) may not be taken prior to DMIN II without the written permission of the Associate Dean.