DOCTOR OF MINISTRY
The Doctor of Ministry program is designed for ministry professionals to continue to learn and grow without having to leave their ministry context. The goal of the program is to develop and equip reflective practioners at a doctoral level with new levels of theological discernment and practical skills for ministry leadership. The following are admissions requirements for the DMin program:
- A Master of Divinity or its equivalent, or a Master of Arts of a theological nature of at least 72 quarter units (48 semester units) from an accredited institution.
- A ministerial leadership position. The DMin program is designed for ministry leaders to continue to learn and grow without having to leave their ministry context.
- A minimum of three years ministerial leadership experience after receiving the M.Div. or M.A. degree.
- A grade point average of 3.0 or higher (3.0 on 4.0 scale).
- One course in biblical language NT Greek or OT Hebrew (This requirement may be met through a course in the DMin program.)
- A TOEFL score of 600 (paper test) OR 250 (computer test) OR 100 (internet test) is required for applicants for whom English is a second language and who have not earned a Bachelor degree taught in English in the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, or Canada. The TOEFL's web site is www.toefl.com.
- Completed and signed Application for Admission, including:
- Religious Autobiography, parts A and B
- Additional Application Questions
- A $75 nonrefundable application fee (if the application is submitted online)or a $100 nonrefundable application fee (if the application is submitted via paper)
- Submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. Applicants must hold a Master of Divinity (minimum 108 quarter units/72 semester units) or a theologically-based master's degree (minimum 72 quarter units/48 semester units) from an accredited institution and have a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 or above. Degrees must represent broad-based work in biblical studies, systematic theology, church history, and practical theology (ministry).
- Three references:
- One from a pastor or denominational leader (If you are non-denominational, this is someone who either is a supervisor or serves as a pastor to you.) Military Chaplain Path applicants may submit a superior officer reference.
- One from a professional peer or supervisor in current ministry (This cannot be someone that you supervise.)
- One from a professional peer or one academic ("Academic" means seminary professor; however, an academic reference can only be used if the recommender served as your professor less than 5 years ago. "Professional" means someone who is a professional peer or a supervisor; this cannot be someone that you supervise.)
- A 5 page writing sample
- If your native language is not English or your medium of instruction for all post-secondary education is not English, you must either submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 600 (paper), 250 (computer), or 100 (internet) taken within the past two years or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Academic Format, with a minimum score of 7.0 taken within the past two years.
- Lideras Latinos en un Mundo Multicultural applicants are not required to submit an English language test score for admission to Fuller. However, if you are interested in taking any classes in English and your native language is not English or the medium of instruction for all any post-secondary education is not English, you must either submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 600 (paper), 250 (computer), or 100 (internet) taken within the past two years or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Academic Format, with a minimum score of 7.0 taken within the past two years.
- Permanent Residents of the United States must submit a copy of the Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) to the Office of Admissions. No Declaration of Financial Support is required.
- Applicants who are neither Permanent Residents or citizens of the United States are strongly encouraged to apply at least 6 months prior to the quarter in which you intend to enroll. Visa application processes may take up to 6 months to complete.
It is recommended that applicants submit their application 4-6 months prior to the start of the first seminar they wish to attend. Please contact the Doctor of Ministry Office for specific information.
PAYING FOR GRAD SCHOOL
Earning a DMin is an investment in your future. We want to help you see more concretely what it costs to pursue a degree at Fuller, as well as the kinds of support available to you to potentially offset that cost. Click here to find average tuition for each of our programs, a cost estimator to help you calculate your approximate total expenses, and several questions and answers about your financial aid options with links to more information.