Program Overview

The Doctor of Ministry program at Bakke Graduate University is designed for practitioners of the Christian faith who are seeking instruction to help advance ministry leadership skills. Though this is not solely a research degree, many seminary instructors have completed this program to enhance their ability to teach and confront issues in Christian ministry. Individuals that pursue this degree are usually pastors, parachurch leaders, educators, and mission leaders.

Students in this program are able to choose a specialization in order to reflect their own personal interests and relevant issues. Possible specializations include Theology Reflection, Urban Youth Ministry, and Church and Ministry Multiplication. Degree candidates must take at least two courses in their chosen specialization in order to complete this program.

The instruction in this program uses a combination of historically-rooted Biblical narrative theology and the social, environmental, and economic factors that affect administering ministry. In the beginning of this program, students will take two courses alongside a group of cohorts that take place in cities across two continents. This change of scenery helps emphasize and bring to light the idea of a global community and what it entails. Those enrolled will then take courses aiding in the creation, construction, and completion of a dissertation. Students can chose topics that explore new ideas, have benefits to current work, or can be built upon towards a publishable work.

This program is a hybrid of online and face-to-face education. Students will complete the majority of work online, but the fifth and sixth weeks of the program entail some on-site instruction. To complete this program, students must complete 40 credit hours while maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA. Additionally, no course may be completed with less than a B-. The program is broken into three phases. Phase one is made up of 18 credits, and students will explore aspects of urban theology, urbanization, and the theology of work. Phase two requires the completion of 14 credits. During this phase, students choose electives for their specialization and prepare a dissertation proposal. In the final phase, consisting of 8 credits, students complete their dissertation.

Applicants must hold a Master of Divinity Degree, have at least five years of ministry experience, and be currently working in ministry. Those without the Master’s Degree or its equivalent, but who meet the other requirements may be admitted into the program with Special Student status.

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    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission

    Bakke Graduate University is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council to offer this degree.


    A Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree or equivalent, a minimum of five years of ministry experience, and present engagement in ministry.

    Applicants not holding a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree or its equivalent (defined as a student who has taken and passed with a B or better at least 80 semester/trimester credit hours in a master's theology program in one or more USDE recognized accredited programs, yet was not awarded the actual MDiv degree), but meeting and exceeding all other requirements, may pursue admission to the Extended DMin program as a Special Student. Only a limited number of applicants will be admitted as Special Students.

    School Overview

    Bakke Graduate University first arose in 1990 to serve pastors in the Washington State Region. Within a decade, transformations began as this originally designated Northwest Graduate School of Ministry underwent organizational changes, broadened degree programs, and then adopted its current name in 2005. With a main campus location in Seattle, Washington, the private, not-for-profit Bakke Graduate University retains a Christian-based education extending its classrooms to five continents.

    BGU degrees provide theological, operational, and personal skill sets for entry into the most diverse range of world realities; from a call and ministry with those in abject poverty, to a call and ministries with those in the corridors of the powerful. Students in all four programs are invited to attend courses with those in other degrees, thus providing them with the additional advantage of experiencing BGU’s unique geographic, cultural, and organizationally diverse relationships.

    Programs at Bakke are delivered in both online and hybrid formats. Hybrid classes may vary in location requiring virtual and on-campus/on-site participation. Classes, conducted via the BGU Global Online Campus, include discussions and class readings, in addition to the use of communication tools, like video conferencing.


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