Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

The Doctor of Ministry is designed for experienced ministers who want to strengthen the connection between theology and ministry practice.

The program will provide pastors with advanced training and the skills necessary to analyze ministry practices through sustained biblical, ecclesiological and theological reflection, and to discern, shape and disseminate new practices in the service of the gospel. The curriculum is designed for experienced ministers—those who have received their MDiv and have at least three years of experience—offering two tracks, Church Leadership and Community Witness and Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation.

Special scholarship opportunities for students are available, some covering 30 percent of the full cost of tuition. Visit the Admissions and Financial Aid section of the website to learn more about scholarship opportunities and how to apply, or contact Candler’s Admissions Office at 404.727.6326 or

A structure that works for your schedule

  • 32 credit hours over three years. Course instruction takes place online, making it easy to fit into any schedule.
  • Four short stays on Candler’s campus—once in each of the first two years, and twice in the third year.

Tools you need to succeed

  • Collaboration is built in, as students will have ample opportunity to form long-term relationships with faculty and fellow classmates.
  • Access to state-of-the art educational technology and the world-renowned Pitts Theology Library, the third largest theology library in North America.
  • Taught by full-time faculty—not adjuncts—as part of their regular course load.

A final project that's practical and innovative

  • Students are engaged in the design and development of a summative final project to be presented on Candler's campus at the close of the third year.
  • Design and execution of the final project is intertwined into the three years of study, building upon the issues and questions throughout the course work. 

Credit Hours
The 32-credit hour curriculum is structured to be completed over three years of part-time study. Course instruction takes place online, however it includes four short stays on Candler’s campus.

Final Project
DMin students will be assigned a mentor who will assist in designing the final project required for the degree. Courses in each track are structured so students make steady progress on the project’s planning and design throughout the program.

The heart of the final project consists of crafting an innovation in ministry practice in the student’s location of choice. The design will build upon the issues and questions that arose during coursework, and the final product will serve as an ideal example of how Candler prepares real people to make a real difference in the real world.

The DMin program offers two tracks. The Church Leadership and Community Witness track is geared toward students interested in models of ministerial leadership, while the Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation track will help graduates achieve a theology of Scripture they can use in ministerial practice.

Both tracks are designed to enhance students’ competence in congregational analysis, integrating theology and practice, sharing best practices in ministry, and facilitating collaboration.

Track One: Church Leadership and Community Witness
Year One
Strategies for Online Learning
Becoming a Reflective Practitioner (taught by Dr. Elizabeth Corrie and Dr. Theodore Brelsford)
Understanding Community (taught by Dr. David O. Jenkins)

Year Two
Ecclesiologies in Action (taught by Dr. Steffen Lösel)
Leadership as a Practice (taught by Dr. Luther E. Smith, Jr.)
Leadership and Witness 1 (taught by Dr. L. Edward Phillips)

Year Three
Leadership and Witness 2: Engaging the World (taught by Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall)
Final Project Completion and Presentation

Track Two: Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation
Year One
Strategies for Online Learning
Becoming a Reflective Practitioner (taught by Dr. Elizabeth Corrie and Dr. Theodore Brelsford)
Scripture, Theology, Practice (taught by Dr. Joel M. LeMon)

Year Two
Issues in Old Testament Interpretation (taught by Dr. Joel M. LeMon and Dr. Brent A. Strawn)
Teaching as a Practice (taught by Dr. Tom Long)
Issues in New Testament Interpretation (taught by Dr. Susan E. Hylen)

Year Three
Preaching the Bible (taught by Dr. Ted A. Smith)
Final Project Completion and Presentation

Each year, there will be two additional online colloquies in each track.

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"The faculty have been deeply invested -- not just in the subject matter, but in the students. For example, Dr. David Jenkins has done everything imaginable to support me in my work to better myself as well as my community. His commitment to this being more than a job but a way of life is inspiring and humbling to me as a daily practitioner of my faith."
-Lyn Pace, College Chaplain, Oxford College of Emory University