Online Doctor of Ministry

The Online DMin degree is a three-year, thirty-credit advanced program focusing on public ministry. The DMin curriculum will equip leaders for serious engagement with significant public issues from the perspective of diverse religious, spiritual, and ethical traditions. This fully online degree is organized around CTS’s Mission and Commitments of Interreligious Engagement, the Study of Black Faith and Life, LGBTQ Religious Studies, and Chaplaincy Studies. The partnership with the Bayan Islamic Graduate School will allow students to pursue a degree at CTS that prepares them for Islamic Religious Leadership. A faculty advisor will work closely with each student to identify appropriate advanced courses and research questions that bring the school’s distinctive emphases to bear on specific issues in religious leadership. Such issues might involve traditional practices of ministry such as preaching, worship, pastoral care or more specialized ministries such as those associated with social service agencies, community activism, or specific types of chaplaincy.

Application Due Date: February 1, 2023
Tuition for 2023-2024: TBA

Program Goals:

  • to engage, reflect critically on, and integrate at an advanced level the theological and social dimensions of public ministry in particular cultural contexts;
  • to design, implement, and evaluate fresh approaches to public ministry that foster the increase of justice and mercy, consistent with the school’s Mission and Commitments;
  • to foster the personal, spiritual, and professional characteristics, and develop the skills and cultural competencies, necessary to lead individuals, communities, and institutions in the work of public ministry; and
  • to communicate insights gained from DMin research and articulate the relevance of such insights for peers in ministry and the wider public.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Integrating Theory, Theology, and Leadership
    Demonstrate advanced critical thinking within a student’s lifestance or tradition, and integrate that knowledge with theories of religious leadership that can transform individual and communal practices to advance justice and mercy in the world.
  • Contextual Understanding
    Design and implement a focused research project that demonstrates deep understanding of a particular cultural context and the ecology of public ministry in that context.
  • Leadership in Public Ministry
    Demonstrate advanced understanding of and personal growth in the practical skills, cultural competencies, and professional characteristics necessary for leadership in the work of public ministry.
  • Ethical and Spiritual Integrity
    Develop increasing coherence between a student’s publicly stated beliefs and personal practice, cultivated through ethical reflection on the practice of public ministry in particular contexts.

Additional information regarding criteria for admission and application materials can be received by contacting Jason Frey, Dean of Students and VP of Student Services, at [email protected] or 773.896.2413.