The Purpose of the Program: The Doctor of Ministry degree is an advanced professional degree designed
for the continuing development of those involved in vocational ministry. Since it is not oriented towards
teaching or research in graduate theological studies, the Doctor of Ministry degree is distinct from the Doctor
of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or the Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) degrees. The Doctor of Ministry program is designed
to enhance professional competence by expanding upon an initial foundation of theology and ministry
experience, to enable those in vocational ministry to enhance current strengths, address areas of weakness, and
increase overall effectiveness.
The Doctor of Ministry degree is available with emphasis in Pastoral Ministry and Christian Counseling. The
major areas of concentration are contextual in design and purpose. It is meant to interface with your current
ministry in order to maximize the academic and experience relationship.
Admission Requirements: In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Seminary,
applicants for the Doctor of Ministry program are required to have a Master of Divinity or its
equivalent which maintains academic standards similar to those of MSBBC&S, with a cumulative grade
point average of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale).
Doctor of Ministry Transitional Program –
The Doctor of Ministry Transitional Program is a specialized degree program designed to enable those students
interested in obtaining a Doctor of Ministry degree who are not interested in pursuing the pastorate program
required by the Master of Divinity curriculum. Generally, the Doctor of Ministry degree is available with
emphasis in Pastoral Ministry and Christian Counseling. However, under the transitional program
only the Christian Counseling track will be available to students. The degree program is an advanced
professional degree for those not involved in vocational ministry. It is not oriented towards the pastoral
ministry emphasis. This program is designed for those interested in expanding their education foundation
without the foundation of the Master of Divinity Degree. The major areas of concentration is for counseling
students and those students desiring to maximize their academic experience through a healthy balance of
biblical, theological, historical and practical studies.
The core curriculum of the Master of Arts is a requirement. Students enrolled in this transitional program will
need to take twenty-seven credits (nine courses) to fulfill requirements between the Master of Arts degree to
meet the Master of Divinity equivalent requirement. The twenty-seven credits or nine courses listed below will
fill the transition requirements for the MA students to enter the Doctor of Ministry program with Christian