Welcome to the
DOCTOR OF MINISTRY IN CONTEXTUAL AND PRACTICAL THEOLOGY
Notice to Applicants:
The Saskatoon Theological Union (STU) is now accepting applications
for its DMin, to begin in September 2023.
Applications are due by May 1, 2023.
The STU’s Doctor of Ministry program (DMin) is a creation of STU’s three member schools: Lutheran Theological Seminary, St Andrew’s College, and the College of Emmanuel & St Chad. The DMin program is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada.
The DMin is a professional degree intended to sharpen ministry skills and build a student’s capacity in their place of ministry. To enroll in the program, it is vital that a student’s ministry site is prepared to support the student’s learning and to cooperate with the student’s research plans and goals.
While the program is jointly administered by the three schools of the STU, students apply to the program through either Lutheran Theological Seminary or St. Andrew’s College. The DMin degree is granted by either of these two schools.
STU’s DMin is a cohort-based program for those who wish to complete a graduate degree without having to relocate. Students in each cohort will begin the program by spending ten days being oriented and beginning to learn together in Saskatoon. The remainder of the program will be offered using a hybrid format of in-person and online learning. Students will be encouraged to come to Saskatoon on other occasions during the course of their studies for intensive five-day learning opportunities.
Students who complete STU’s DMin program will develop 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 their 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 denomination, ecumenical, and community contexts
- A deepened experience of the academy and the acquiring of skills to present, teach, and continue academic pursuits and research.
The DMin is ecumenical in nature and our students come from a variety of denominations and geographic locations.
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)
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 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 120. 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
Contact Dr. David Harrison, the Director of the DMin program, at
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.