The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program is designed as a professional degree with a concentration in Community Development.
The program is primarily targeted towards ministers of all denominations in Western Canada in a town or country setting who are interested in a rigorous program of interdisciplinary theological study aimed at helping them to lead their ministry sites in a more effective engagement with their communities.
The program is cohort-based, distance-format, and deeply engaged with students' ministry context. Although town and country-focused, the tools it offers have trans-contextual application and interest.
The DMin is a creation of the member schools of the Saskatoon Theological Union (STU):
- The College of Emmanuel and St. Chad,
- Lutheran Theological Seminary and
- St. Andrew's College.
These seminaries have worked together to offer graduate theological education for over 40 years. While the program is jointly administered, students enroll in the school of their choice, which also grants the degree.
The DMin program is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in North America, through the partnership of the Lutheran Theological Seminary and St. Andrew's College. Students that enroll through either LTS or SAC will graduate with an accredited Doctor of Ministry degree.
Students who complete this program will have the following skills and abilities:
- An ability to analyze community and congregational cultures and provide leadership in building ecumenical and social partnerships to strengthen and develop those cultures.
- An ability to reflect theologically on the role of small and rural churches in the community- building mission of God;
- An expanded set of biblical, theological, spiritual and pastoral resources for ecumenical ministry in rural or marginalized settings.
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), and
- A project in ministry planned, carried out and written up 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 their school of registration.
- A minimum Grade Point Average of 75 per cent (or its equivalent) in the above degrees is required.
- 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 college in which they want to enroll, submitting details of their academic careers. This report should include transcripts of academic work and copies of 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. Test scores should be forwarded directly to the Registrar of the appropriate college
Tuition / Fees
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Learn More About the Program
Please read the current DMin Handbook for more detail about the DMin program.
Time Frame to Apply
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Students must apply online.