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Doctor of Ministry

Southeastern University offers a 36 credit hour Doctor of Ministry degree, designed to enhance the leadership skills, research ability and knowledge of ministry leaders in church and parachurch settings. This three-year program includes intensive sessions twice a year in Lakeland, Florida; Washington, D.C.; and other locations supplemented by online interaction with fellow students and professors,This three-year program includes intensive sessions twice a year supplemented by online interaction with fellow students and professors. allowing you to study when and where it’s most convenient for you while still maintaining your full-time ministry role. A highlight of SEU’s Doctor of Ministry program is the opportunity to work closely with a doctoral mentor to address an opportunity or challenge in your own ministry. Your mentor will partner with you for two courses to develop a doctoral-level research project, including a site visit at your place of ministry to provide significant input into the research and implementation of the project. Your research efforts may be applied to your doctoral dissertation, which is the culmination of the program

A highlight of SEU’s Doctor of Ministry program is the opportunity to work closely with a doctoral mentor to address an opportunity or challenge in your own ministry.

Program Details

Total credit hours — 36

Cost per credit hour — $500
Estimated total tuition cost — $18,000
Additional fees not included.

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We have Financial Aid staff dedicated specifically to graduate students. These staff members can assist you with coordinating employer assistance benefits, church-matching scholarships, federal aid, private loans, and military benefits. Convenient payment plans are also available.

Sample Core Courses

  • Theory and Practice of Ministry (PMIN 6013) — This course orients new students to the Doctor of Ministry degree program, underscoring the foundational principles of practical theology. Emphasis is placed on assessment of ministry systems and health, research, theological reflection, praxis and implementation of ministry enhancements. The elements of advanced graduate-level research and writing are highlighted.
  • Scripture, Theology and Practice (PMIN 6033) — This course engages biblical exegesis and interpretation applied to theological praxis in ministry leadership, using a variety of approaches to interpreting and applying the Scriptures in ministry settings.
  • Contextual Engagement I (PMIN 8013) — This course incorporates individualized instruction on an issue related to the researcher’s ministry context. The professor and researcher work together to devise a plan based on praxis research to develop a solution for a ministry challenge or dilemma.
  • The Leader and Organizational Health (PMIN 8133) — This course will address the means of diagnosing the health of churches and other ministry organizations. Scholars will interact with models designed to restore and improve organizational health and shift the culture of an organization to improve ministry effectiveness.

Theory and Practice of Ministry

Spirit-Empowered Leadership

Scripture, Theology and Practice

Ministry Development and Research

Spiritual Formation and Health of the Leader

Communication of the Leader

The Leader and Organizational Health

Culture, Context and Mission

Contextual Engagement I and II

Doctoral Project I and II

Senior Pastor

Professor

Parachurch leader

Missionary

Military chaplain

Pastoral counselor