The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) programme is intended for people who are engaged in part or full-time vocational Christian ministry and exhibit Christian leadership skills. Students maintain their ministry involvement and work while pursuing this In-Ministry programme. As such, it is non-residential. DMin is the highest professional degree for those engaged in local church and para-church ministries, world missions, and applied training, but it is terminal, and does not lead to PhD. The programme is accredited by the Asia Theological Association. The DMin programme will be hybrid that combines the benefits of residential and online components. A reliable and fast internet connection is indispensable for completing the requirements of the online component of the coursework.
- A three-year MA (TS) (Advanced), or MDiv, BD, MTh, or the equivalent from a recognized institution, done in residence with a minimum B+ grade average (55%) or equivalent from a college accredited by the Asia Theological Association.
- A pass in the introductory level of a biblical language.
- At least five years of fulltime ministry experience after BD/ MDiv or equivalent.
- Completion of SAIACS application requirements, interview and examinations.
- A letter affirming that their organization supports their study, will decrease their workload during the study, and allow the candidate time to work on their thesis project.
- The capacity for self-motivation and independent study.
- The discipline of working within set timeframes.
- If the applicant has Master of Arts in theological studies or BD along with significant ministry experience, the applicant may gain MDiv equivalency (30 credits) through the following bridge:
- Ministry Experience: 15 credits: a minimum of 10 years of ministry experience following the last degree; a 20-page reflection paper on past ministry.
- 3 Qualifying Exams at the MDiv level: 6 credits
- Three select courses taken online or otherwise at the MDiv level: 9 credits
- Period of Study
Normally DMin takes three years, but the candidate is allowed up to five years with extension fees. If a student takes beyond these five years, the registration expires and the student has to re-register for the course.
- Completion Requirements
- The programme requires completion of 9 modules. To obtain candidacy, that is, permission to continue and write a thesis, students need an average of at least B+ in the 9 modules, and pass in the defence of a Thesis Proposal.
- The thesis writing begins in Year 3. It includes up to a month of residence and should be completed by the end of Year 3. However, students may take up to the end of Year 5.
The DMin Thesis must be 35,000 to 40,000 words in length.