WELCOME to the Doctor of Ministry degree in Contextual and Practical Theology (with an option to specialize in rural ministry and community development)
The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program is designed as a professional degree for Christian ministers (not necessarily ordained) who are interested in a rigourous program of interdisciplinary theological study. Applicants must have a MDiv or MTS or equivalent degree to qualify for admission.
The DMin is a creation of the member schools of the Saskatoon Theological Union (STU) and is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in North America. The three schools of the STU include:
- The College of Emmanuel and St. Chad (Anglican),
- Lutheran Theological Seminary (Lutheran) and
- St. Andrew's College (United Church).
While the program is jointly administered by the schools of the STU, students apply to the program through the school of their choice – either Lutheran Theological Seminary or St. Andrew’s College. Degrees are granted by either of these two schools.
The DMin program is ecumenical in nature and our students come from a variety of different denominations.
Notice to perspective students:
Lutheran Theological Seminary, as part of the Saskatoon Theological Union, welcomes enquiries about the Doctor of Ministry program from prospective students. If you have questions regarding the program, please be in touch with the Director of the DMin program at
DMin applications must be submitted at least three months in advance of the formation of a new cohort. A new cohort begins in August or September of every second year. We welcome expressions of interest well in advance.
Next Cohort: Students are admitted to the program as a cohort and work through the program together. The next anticipated date for startup of a new cohort to the DMin program is Summer/Fall 2023.
The purpose of the DMin program.
The work of practical theology is foundational to this degree program. The program provides ministry professionals (not necessarily ordained) and their ministry settings with interdisciplinary tools to engage their communities and contexts more effectively. Through ecumenical, cohort-based learning and contextually-based ministry teams, students will integrate academic, theological, and practical knowledge in, and for, ministry.
Expected Outcomes of the DMin Program
Students who complete this program will have the following skills and abilities:
- The ability to analyze their ministry setting and to integrate academic, theological, and practical knowledge by drawing on the resources of practical theology.
- A deepened capacity for spiritual leadership through building learning communities with a peer cohort and within the ministry setting, particularly with a ministry team.
- The ability to engage in qualitative research and to apply appropriate tools in the development and execution of a research project.
- The capacity to demonstrate, through a research project report, learnings about their ministry setting and how this learning contributes to new knowledge and understanding of the theology and practice of ministry within denominational, ecumenical, and community contexts.
The DMin program is a 30 credit hour program and has three main components:
- Colloquia (3 colloquia; 4 credit hours total)
- Courses of instruction (7 courses total; 20 credit hours total)
- A project in ministry planned, carried-out and written as a final report in collaboration with a team in the ministry site and presented to a DMin evaluation committee (6 credit hours total)
Many of the DMin courses are offered in a distance-learning format. Some require a week-long residency.
Requirements for Admission
- Students must possess an MDiv or MTS degree, or their equivalents as defined by the school of registration.
- A minimum Grade Point Average of 75 per cent (or its equivalent) in the above degrees.
- Students will normally have the equivalent of three years of active ministry (not necessarily ordained ministry in a congregational setting) subsequent to the completion of their MDiv/MTS degree (or equivalents) and must be located in a ministry site suitable for carrying out a collaborative ministry project.
- Foreign Equivalences:
- Since methods of recording grades and conferring degrees differ from country to country, foreign students wishing to enter the DMin program must write to the Registrar of the STU school in which they want to enroll, submitting details of their academic careers. This report should include transcripts of academic work and any degrees or diplomas held, together with some information about the institutions granting the degrees.
- Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English fluency as determined by a TOEFL IBT score (including the speaking component) of 88 with no component less than 20, OR a DUOLINGO English Test with an overall minimum score of 110. Scores should be forwarded directly to the Registrar of the STU school in which they want to enroll.
Tuition / Fees
Please visit our Tuition page for a summary of tuition and other program fees.
Please visit our Admissions page to learn how to apply. Please note: Admissions procedures differ between Lutheran Theological Seminary and St. Andrew’s College.
Learn More About the Program
Please read the current DMin Handbook for more details about the DMin program.
Time Frame to Apply
Please visit our "How to Apply" page.
Students must apply online.