With world-renowned teachers and alumni, CTS is the global leader in transformational religious studies. We offer several Masters and Doctoral degrees, including Masters in Divinity, Sacred Theology and Religious Leadership.

Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry (DMIN) is an advanced professional degree designed to prepare religious leaders for specialized ministerial practice as leaders and teachers in church, synagogue, mosque, hospital, shelter, clinic and other faith-based or social-service organizations.

The Doctor of Ministry provides opportunity:

The three-year program that culminates in a 75-100 page D. Min Thesis that contributes to the development of the practice of ministry in communities of faith and the wider world.

This program is designed to enhance the capacity of students:

  • Identify and articulate an issue in a specific ministerial context that invites a new perspective for understanding, interpreting, and living prophetically in the church and society.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to understand and use theological and theoretical resources that enhance vocational goals and support transforming ministerial practices.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a project in ministry that integrates theory and practice in forms easily appropriated and applied in other contexts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in contextual theological reflection that examines and interprets insights and expressions of ministerial practice
  • Demonstrate commitment and capacity to serve as an agent of change in an increasingly diverse world.

There are two optional tracks for completing the program:

The first is the Multidisciplinary track, which provides opportunities for students to engage in study across disciplines through research and reflection that integrates areas of theology and the social sciences to create new perspectives and practices in ministry. Student on this track complete 4 required Seminars, 6 elective courses, a ministry project and a D. Min Thesis.

The second is the Advanced Study in Psychotherapy and Counseling. This track, in conjunction with the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago (CRPC), offers an opportunity to explore the religious and the spiritual dimensions of human life with therapeutic processes, (especially those of self-psychology,) and to engage in a course of study in the field of counseling and psychotherapy. Students on this track enroll in CTS and CRPC concurrently. At CTS they complete 4 required course, 3 elective courses, a ministry project and a DMIN thesis. At CRPC they complete up to 14 required courses, a 600-hour internship/practicum, and a supervised counseling caseload. Enrollment and tuition to each institution is handled separately and admission into CTS is contingent on admission to CRPC. Students interested in licensure should see the CRPC website for further information.

D.Min. Program Course of Study [pdf]

D.Min. Manual [pdf]

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