Program Overview

The Doctor of Ministry degree at South University is a 96 quarter hour program and is designed to be the first-professional degree to prepare ministry practitioners to seek vocational or bi-vocational ministry. The program helps to develop a student’s understanding of the nature and purpose of ministry, enhance the student’s competencies in ministry skills, and promote the student’s growth in spiritual maturity.

The Standard Track, 96 credit hours, of the DMin program is designed for students seeking to prepare for vocational or bivocational ministry. Foundational courses provide an introduction and overview to the various disciplines required for effective ministry leadership. Ministry skills courses, advanced ministry studies courses, and the final project further integrates biblical and theological perspectives into the practice of ministry. Students will also gain lifelong learning skills that will enable them to continue their personal, intellectual and professional growth.

The Advanced Track. 40 credit hours of the DMin program is designed for students who have completed a graduate degree or a significant amount of coursework in biblical, theological, and ministry studies, and who are currently engaged in vocational ministry. Students in the Advanced Track can further develop their understanding of the nature and purpose of ministry, enhance their ministry skills, and continue their growth in spiritual maturity.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

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    Completion of a graduate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accepted accredited collegiate institution with a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.7 or higher (4.0 scale) for the last 60 semester credits/90 quarter credit hours of baccalaureate coursework; Interview with the Program Director or Dean of the College; Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended; English-language proficiency; Completion of an application for admission.


    Not all online programs at South University are available to residents of all states including those who live in OR, TN, MA, AL and DC.

    School Overview

    South University is a private academic institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social, and professional development of a diverse student population.

    To achieve this purpose, the institution offers focused and balanced curricula at the associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. A broad-based core curriculum is offered, promoting critical thinking, effective verbal and written communication, and skills for life-long learning. Additionally, the University focuses on developing the requisites to pursue and appreciate knowledge.

    South University’s approach to higher education and the resulting varied academic experiences provide students with the intellectual acumen and pragmatic approach necessary to create the foundation for personal and professional fulfillment.

    South University can provide a comprehensive education that instills within its students a philosophy that values not only learning and professionalism, but also contribution and commitment to the advancement of community.

    South University welcomes those individuals who seek educational challenges. To this end, the University provides a learning environment, both on campus and online, that helps students identify goals and the means to achieve them. With this philosophy in mind, students learn by interacting with a community of faculty, staff, and administration dedicated to South University’s academic purpose.

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