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Doctor of Ministry

School of Theology

Effective ministry today looks different than it did 10 years ago, and it will only continue to change. Fuller’s practice-oriented Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program encourages ministry leaders to think creatively, cultivate new skills, and nurture their hearts to pursue their calling with excellence and passion in an ever changing world. Prepare to move into new seasons of ministry as you are stretched theologically and challenged philosophically with Fuller’s DMin program.


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Choose the Path that’s Right for You

Choose either the Personalized or the Cohort Track.

Personalized Track

The Personalized Track provides an individualized “learning path” that takes into account our students’ differing ministry needs. It combines online learning with on-campus, one-week intensive seminars. Students study with a variety of professors and ministry peers in a program personalized to meet ministry goals.

The 48-unit program requirements:
See Program Requirements below for details on the 60- and 64-unit programs.

  • DM711: Required 10-week online course (4 units)
    DM711 starts three times a year: September, January, and March.
  • CF704: Two-year ministry mentoring, by phone (4 units)
  • Four (4) electives from the Course Schedule (32 units)
  • Doctoral Project Phase: Online (8 units)

Application Deadlines
Applications received by the 1st of each month receives a decision by the end of the same month.

  • Fall (Sept) Quarter: August 1
  • Winter (Jan) Quarter: December 1
  • Spring (Mar) Quarter: February 1


Cohort Track

Cohorts specialize in a specific area of ministry under the guidance of one professor in a uniform community. Cohorts meet once a year for one on-campus seminar. Below is a list of upcoming and previous cohorts.

48-unit cohort coursework includes:
See Program Requirements below for details on the 60- and 64-unit programs.

  • Year 1: 12-unit on-campus seminar
  • Year 2: 12-unit on-campus seminar
  • Year 3: 12-unit on-campus seminar
  • Year 4: 4-unit elective from the Course Schedule
  • Years 4–5: 8 units, Doctoral Project Phase (online)

Upcoming Cohorts & Deadlines

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Program Requirements

Fuller’s DMin offers three unit ranges. Depending on the candidate’s master’s degree, applicants qualify for the 48-unit, 60-unit, or 64-unit DMin program. Learn more about the Doctor of Ministry Program Learning Objectives.

48-unit DMin

Students with an MDiv degree complete the following:

  • 40 units of coursework
  • 8 units in the Doctoral Project Phase (online)
  • Complete program within 6 years

60-unit DMin

Students with an MA in Theology of at least 80 quarter units (or 54 semester credits) complete the following:

  • 40 units of coursework
  • 8-unit Missional Ecclesiology
  • 4-unit NT Greek
  • 8 units in the Doctoral Project Phase (online)
  • Complete program within 8 years

64-unit DMin

Students with an MA in Theology of at least 72 quarter units (or 48 semester credits) complete the following:

  • 44 units of coursework
  • 8-unit Missional Ecclesiology
  • 4-unit NT Greek
  • 8 units in the Doctoral Project Phase (online)
  • Complete program within 8 years
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“Fuller's DMin program was just what I needed to help me go deeper in ministry; everything I learned was applicable to my work as a pastor. Getting to know and learn from professors, practitioners, and other fellow pastors was invaluable. I am so grateful for my time.”
– Justin Fung (DMin ’19)

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the DMin program must meet the following criteria:

  1. A conferred theological master’s degree of at least 72 quarter units (or 48 semester credits) from an accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  3. Three years of post-master's degree ministry experience. Please contact the DMin office regarding exceptions.
  4. Currently serve in a ministry leadership position.
  5. One course in either NT Greek or OT Hebrew at the graduate and undergraduate level.
  6. International students: earn a TOEFL Score of 600 (paper), 250 (computer), or 100 (internet). This applies to applicants for whom English is a second language and/or who have not earned a master’s degree in English from the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada. Please visit the TOEFL website for more information.
  7. A GRE score is not required.
  8. Advanced Standing as available to applicants who have completed one of the following programs: 1) military chaplaincy training, 2) Renovare, or 3) the Potter’s Inn. Please contact the DMin office for Advanced Standing information.

Tuition and Scholarships

DMin tuition is $435 per unit, due the first day of class. Please check the Tuition and Fees schedule for current per-unit tuition rates.

Based on the $435 rate, total tuition is currently:

  • 48-unit program: $20,880
  • 60-unit program: $26,100
  • 64-unit program: $27,840

Walt Gerber Need-Based Scholarship

Honoring the late distinguished pastor Walt Gerber and sustained through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Walt Gerber Need-Based Scholarship is available to all students. This scholarship is based on income and potentially covers between 10 and 30 percent of tuition costs. Currently, we are unable to offer full scholarships. Accepted students will need to complete the following to apply for the scholarship:

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Lifelong Learning Options

We promote lifelong learning at Fuller by providing ministry leaders with the following opportunities for continued education.

Richard Peace Lifelong Learner Program (RPLL)

Fuller DMin graduates may audit DMin courses for $230. As part of the Richard Peace Lifelong Learner Program, following five audits, all future classes are free for life.

Recognition of Advanced Ministry Leadership Training (RAMLT)

Complete five DMin classes as a non-credit student for $2,500 (or $500 per course). RAMLT students complete 1,500 pages of reading and submit a 15–20 page paper due within four months of the on-campus course.

Who Can Audit a DMin Course?

To audit a DMin course at Fuller, you must:

  • Hold a theological master's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Have been involved in ministry for three or more years
  • Be currently serving in a ministry context
  • Begin a DMin Non-Credit Application

Cost to Audit a DMin Course

  • DMin Alumni: $230/course
  • Qualified Auditor Fee: $580/course
  • Fuller DMin Spouse: $25/course
  • Ministry colleague: Current Fuller DMin students may bring a colleague to join them for one course at a reduced fee of $230.
  • Fuller Master’s Alumni: $130 for one course

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