Doctor of Ministry
What can your ministry become?
The church needs transformative leaders equipped with advanced skills. The Doctor of Ministry degree at MTSO is designed to:
- Provide ministering professionals with advanced educational experience.
- Serve the church by providing leaders with advanced professional development.
- Integrate classical and practical disciplines for theological work.
- Enhance analysis of changing contexts with a focus on transformation.
A program that fits your needs
This is a program for busy professionals, offering flexible cohort-based study with an ecumenical focus. D.Min. students experience small classes, are taught by full-time and affiliated faculty, interact with a national, ecumenical student base, and work with attentive project advisors. Dr. Diane Lobody directs the Doctor of Ministry program.
Classes meet on campus in two intensive sessions per year – one week each in mid-summer and January – for 3 1/2 years. The remainder of your work toward the D.Min. can be done off-campus.
As a D.Min. student, you’ll choose to specialize in one of these areas of ministry:
- Leadership for Transformational Change
- Ecology, Justice and Ministry (See our news release introducing this specialization)
- The Mission and Practice of Preaching
One degree, two schools
Our D.Min. is offered through a Joint Doctor of Ministry Program with a fellow Central Ohio school, Trinity Lutheran Seminary. As an MTSO student in this program, you’ll receive your degree from MTSO but will have the benefit of working with faculty from both schools.
New cohorts of five to 15 students begin each July. The application due date for July matriculation is April 20.
Tuition and fees
Tuition and fees for the D.Min. program are on MTSO's tuition, fees and housing sheet. Costs such as books, course materials, travel, housing and meals are not covered by tuition.