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Doctor of Ministry

School of Mission and Theology

The DMin is also fully available in Spanish and Korean.

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.

Flexible

Customizable Emphasis and Schedule

Practical

Theological and Practical Foundation

Distance Learning

Stay in Your Context

Study with faculty like these:

Tod Bolsinger

VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OF LEADERSHIP FORMATION & ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF LEADERSHIP FORMATION

Efrem Smith

CO-LEAD PASTOR OF BAYSIDE CHURCH, MIDTOWN
 

Richard Beck

PROFESSOR AND CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY AT ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Choose the Path that’s Right for You

Choose either the Personalized or the Cohort Track.

Personalized Track (PT)

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.

PT Application Deadlines

The Personalized Track is open for incoming students two times a year.

  • Fall 2022: July 29th, 2022
  • Spring 2023: January 27th, 2023
  • Fall 2023: July 28th, 2023

Specialized Tracks in the PT

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.

Cohort Structure:

  • Cohort On-Campus Seminar: 36 units
  • Elective: 4-unit elective from Course Schedule
  • Doctoral Project: DM710 & DM706 (8 units)

Upcoming Cohorts

Scott Cormode

Program Structure

Learn more about the Doctor of Ministry Program Learning Objectives.

48-unit DMin Structure

Beginning in the Fall 2022 Quarter and beyond, applicants to the DMin program who hold an accredited theological master’s may qualify for the 48-unit quarter unit program (equivalent to 32 semester credits).

Applicants holding an MDiv degree directly qualify for 48-unit DMin program; applicants who hold a theological master’s degree that is not an MDiv will need to demonstrate graduate level courses with exposure to the following subject areas: Old Testament, New Testament, other Biblical Studies, Theology, Church History, Christian Ethics. These applicants must also submit a 2 page (500-word) response to a provided case study prompt relating to a hypothetical ministry challenge.

Personalized Track

  • DM711: Required online introductory course (4 units)
  • CF704: Required two-year mentoring course (4 units)
  • Electives: 36 units (three courses) from the Course Schedule
  • Doctoral Project Phase: Online (4 units)

Cohort Track

  • Cohort Years 1-3: 12 units per year (36 units)
  • Elective: 4-unit course (elective from course schedule or an independent study)
  • Doctoral Project Phase: Online (4 units)
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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

  1. A theological master’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution. 
  2. A current ministerial leadership position. 
  3. A minimum of three years of ministry leadership experience post master's degree.
  4. A cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
  5. Evidence of academic writing and critical thinking demonstrated through the required writing sample.
  6. Applicants for whom English is not a first language, a TOEFL (600+ paper), IELTS (6.5+), or Duolingo (120+) exam is required.
  7. A GRE score is not required.
  8. Advanced Standing as available to applicants who have completed one of the following: 1) military chaplaincy training, 2) Renovare, 3) the Potter’s Inn, or 4) Arrow Leadership. Please contact the DMin office for more information.
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Application Components

Get started on your path to becoming a Fuller DMin student:

  1. Begin the online application and complete required questions.
  2. Three References: 1) Pastoral, 2) Academic, and 3) Ministry Peer
  3. Four Required Essays: 1) Religious Autobiography, 2) Statement of Experience, 3) Statement of Purpose, 4) 5-page writing sample based on the downloadable from the online application.
  4. Applicants holding a theological master's degree, that is not an MDiv degree, will need to submit a 500-word case study to qualify for the program. The case study prompt is available through the online application.
  5. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions
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Rhythms of Work and Rest for Ministry Leaders

Kurt Fredrickson, associate dean of Fuller’s DMin, reflects on the perils of overworking

Tuition and Scholarships

Effective Fall 2022, tuition increases to $470* per unit.

  • 48-unit program, total tuition $22,560
  • Student Fees: $80 e-Resource fee, $25 Student Services fee
  • Tuition is due per course by the first week of the quarter

Please visit the Tuition Page for additional information on costs involved in the program.

*Tuition is also subject to change yearly based on a 2-5% increase.

Fuller Institutional Scholarship

All accepted student qualify to apply for the Fuller Institutional scholarship which covers 30% of tuition costs per quarter. If awarded, the scholarship covers $540 per 4-unit course ($1,800), and will be offered every quarter that the student is enrolled until graduation. This amount is contingent on the student's good standing within the program.

Currently, we are unable to offer full scholarships.

Walt Gerber Scholarship

Honoring the late distinguished pastor Walt Gerber and sustained through the generosity of an anonymous donor, limited funding is available to all students. This scholarship can be awarded in addition to the institutional scholarship.

To apply for both scholarships, accepted students will need to complete the following to apply for the scholarship:

  • 2021-2022 FAFSA form
  • DMin Universal Scholarship Application

Partnership Tuition Discount

Applicants who have an affiliation with organizations listed on this webpage may qualify for a 10% tuition discount. Please contact the DMin office at dmin@fuller.edu if you have any questions or qualify for this discount.

Additional External Funding Sources:

Please feel free to visit the sites below for information on funding sources outside of Fuller Seminary.

  1. Forum for Theological Exploration
  2. Forum for Theological Exploration FundFinder

Lifelong Learning Options

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

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

DMin Audit Fees

  • 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 one course at a reduced fee of $230.
  • Fuller Master’s Alumni: $130 for one course

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Get to know your admissions counselor | Debi Yu

I started at Fuller in 2012 with my MAT and am now in the 4th year of my PhD program here at Fuller. I started with the Doctor of Ministry program in 2014 and am now the admissions advisor for both the DMin and the Doctor of Global Leadership program. Oftentimes, students to the DMin and DGL program come because they are at a crossroads in their ministry – they may have a recurring issue in ministry or may feel stuck or are seeking further training beyond what they have received. Students also often come with the hurts often associated with ministry. Seeing the empowerment, the retooling, and even the healing that comes with the degrees is something I believe in and am proud to be a part of. While living for a month in northern Afghanistan, I used to visit a stone kiln bakery once a week to get freshly baked naan. The bakery was also the baker’s home with chickens, a goat, and a lamb that “grazed” their front dirt path. To this day, I’ve never tasted better!

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