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AGTS D.Min. FAQ’s

 

  • Do I have to leave my ministry and move to Springfield?

    No. One of the requirements of a D.Min. is participation in full-time ministry. You will need your ministry context to apply/process the things you are learning in the program.

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  • How often do I come to Springfield?

    Classes are offered in one-week modules three times per year: February, June and October. There are nine courses plus the D.Min. project.

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  • Do you offer tracks within the D.Min. program?

    Yes. We offer concentrations in Missional Leadership, Biblical Preaching, Military Chaplaincy and Self-Design Study. Your experience can easily be customized to fit your interests and ministry context.

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  • How much does the program cost?

    Click here to see program costs

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    Are scholarships available?

Scholarships and grants are not normally available. The program is eligible for VA benefits and private student loans, some of which offer deferred payment schedules.

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  • How long does the program take to complete?

    Generally, four years (three years of course work and one year for the project). There is a six-year time limit.

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  • When can I start?

    New cohorts begin in October of each year.  Participants should begin taking classes at this time.  Of course, you must meet admission requirements (M.Div. or M.Div. equivalency; GPA of 3.0 or higher in graduate work; three years of full-time ministry since earning your first master’s degree; and currently involved in full-time ministry) and be approved for admission.

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  • What is a cohort?

    A cohort is the group with whom you will take each of the core courses. The cohort-based style of learning offers several advantages, including the building of relationships that are vital to the D.Min. experience, as well as creating a lifetime network of friends.

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  • What is the difference between a Ph.D. and a D.Min.?

    Both are terminal degrees. A Ph.D. is a research-oriented degree suited to the person who expects to teach in a particular academic specialty (e.g. New Testament). A D.Min. is a professional degree designed to enhance the abilities of a minister in his or her context. It will also equip a person to teach in the area of practical theology.

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  • Is the workload manageable for someone with a busy life and ministry?

    Yes! The D.Min. program is designed to complement, not compete with, your ministry. Course assignments are allotted sufficient lead times, and the benefits of the learning begin on the first day. Many participants simply transfer some of the time they currently spend on reading and conferences into program studies.

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  • When can I start calling myself “Doctor”?
  • After completing all D.Min. coursework, and with an approved prospectus in hand, you may use the designation “D.Min. (cand.)” on your resume and other documents. You may start using “D.Min.” and the title “Doctor” when your degree has been recorded on your transcript. However, you must take part in the Project Symposium to complete the requirements for the D.Min.

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  • Is M.Div. Equivalency a degree program?
  • No. Equivalency is an eligibility standard, not a degree.

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  • Does admission to the D.Min. program require that I have taken Greek or Hebrew?
  • No

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  • Will I need to take Greek or Hebrew during the D.Min. program?
  • No

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  • Is the D.Min. just a “lite” doctorate without the academic weight of a Ph.D.?
  • The Doctor of Ministry is a substantial degree based on an education model quite distinct from the Ph.D. because the purposes of the two programs are very different. Ph.D. programs prepare students for a career in an academic specialty. D.Min. participants are full-time, vocational ministers seeking to enhance their competence to serve the Church and the world. They enter the program only after taking at least 72 hours of graduate study which, when added to 30 hours of doctoral work, makes the academic achievement represented by the D.Min. comparable to the coursework required for a Ph.D. degree. Doctor of Ministry projects normally are shorter than Ph.D. dissertations because of their practical focus and their action research paradigm.

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Updated: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 4:49 PM

 

 
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