The Doctor of Ministry – Discipleship is ideal for training individuals in order to strengthen their ministry abilities. Upon completion, students should be able to provide knowledge and leadership in evangelism, theology, and helping others understand the Great Commission. The Doctor of Ministry – Discipleship was designed to equip and train church leaders, missionaries and pastors who want to have a closer relationship with God and others.
The Doctor of Ministry – Discipleship requires the completion of 33 credit hours. Students have the option to transfer in maximum of six credits from an accredited institution. Liberty University requires that for this program, 27 credit hours must be earned through LU. Prospective students will take core courses, discipleship cognate courses, and elective courses. Also required is a 9 credit hour thesis, consisting of thesis project writing. Students need a minimum of a B- on their thesis project. Upper level counseling courses wishing to be used as elective credit will need approval from the LU Online Transfer Evaluation Office.
A few examples of courses individuals might take in the program could include: Biblical and Philosophical Foundations of Disciple Making, Growth and Development of the Contemporary Minister, and Historical and Practical Discipleship Models. Students earning this degree have the potential to pursue career options as a senior pastor, outreach pastor, professor, or church administrator.
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Program Accreditation & Licensing
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
School Accreditation & Licensing
Liberty University is accredited by:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional accrediting body for southern states.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationMaster Degree
Recommended GPA3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
Admission TestsProof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)
Official College Transcript(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent, Recommendation/Reference Letter(s)
Applicants must have:
- A master’s degree with at least 18 hours of Bible/Theology or ministry-related courses
- A current place of ministry where you can successfully carry out a ministry-related project
- Three years of experience in full-time ministry