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. Jeffrey Jaynes is acting director of 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 at Capital University. 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.

Getting started

D.Min. Degree Requirements

Applications for summer matriculation are due April 20. To apply and learn more about the D.Min. admissions process, visit the application page or email