Application for Doctor of Ministry

Our application process helps us ensure that you and the others in your cohort benefit from a top-quality D.Min. experience. New cohorts of D.Min. students begin each July. The application due date for July matriculation is May 15.

Qualifications for the D.Min. program

  1. Do you hold a Master of Divinity degree (or its educational equivalent) approved by the Association of Theological Schools?*
  2. Have you spent three years in professional ministry after graduating from a Master’s degree program?
  3. Are you currently engaged in some form of ministry?
  4. Did you earn a 3.0 GPA (or pass/fail equivalent) in your master’s degree work?

If you can answer “yes” to all of these questions, you qualify as a candidate for the D.Min. program. Please proceed to “Application and accompanying documents” below.

*Exceptions may be granted for schools with regional accreditation. Please contact the director for questions about equivalency.

Clarification of the GPA requirement

Students with less than a 3.0 may apply to the program with the understanding that their application will be evaluated by the entire D.Min. Committee and the academic dean. Additional materials may be required of applicants in this situation. We will not consider D.Min. applicants whose graduate GPA is lower than 2.7 cumulative. Students who took their academic work within a pass/fail system should provide letters of reference from professors testifying that they performed at a level meriting a grade of A or B.

International Students

International students are required to complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).  The minimum score needed for admission is 79 on the internet test or 550 on the paper-based test.  Scores must be sent directly from the reporting agency to the seminary to which the student is applying:  either Methodist Theological School in Ohio (Institution Code 1540) or Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Institution Code 1214).  Scores need to be less than two years old.

Application and accompanying documents

To apply for the D.Min. program you must demonstrate your ability to undertake advanced professional study by submitting all of the following:

  • Official transcripts of all coursework completed at the college level and higher.
  • Three references, each consisting of both the D.Min. reference form  and an accompanying letter. The references must come from the following three specific sources:
    1. One from a denominational judicatory official (for example, bishop, district superintendent., regional minister, executive presbyter, et al., or in the case where there is no denominational official, a supervisor within the ministry setting, such as chair of deacon board)
    2. One from a person with leadership responsibility in a ministry setting who can speak to your competence and appropriateness for the program.
    3. One from a professor who can attest to your ability to do doctoral work in the area of specialization. If you have graduated more than 10 years ago, you may substitute a letter from a ministerial colleague or other professional leader who can comment on your fitness for doctoral study.

    Download the form from the link above, print and complete the applicant’s portion of all three copies, and mail one to each of your three references. Their instructions for returning the references to MTSO are included on their portion of the form.

  • An essay of 4-6 double-spaced pages tracing your professional growth through continuing education since graduation, and identifying areas of professional strength and weakness.
  • A statement of your initial goals for D.Min. study.
  • Your completed application form and a $50 non-refundable application fee.


Application involves completion of the application form and submission of a $50 non-refundable application fee, payable to Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

Download the D.Min. application form here.

Download the D.Min. reference form here.

Questions? Contact Acting D.Min. Director Jeffrey Jaynes at or 740-362-3446.