Universities that offer doctor of ministry degrees

For those seeking a career in spiritual service, a doctorate in ministry offers both practical and theoretical training for work in pastoral and family counselling, church leadership and community ministry. Doctor of ministry degree programs are available from universities and private institutions, with options for both traditional and distance learning in a variety of spiritual paths and religious traditions.

Liberty University

Virginia's Liberty University is the world's largest Christian university, offering a variety of degrees in Christian theology and ministry in both online and traditional formats. Liberty's doctorate degree in ministry prepares students to found a church, build a new ministry, or to provide pastoral counselling services. Students can study online from anywhere in the world, on-campus or a combination of both. Information on Liberty's PhD programs in Ministry is available from the college website.

Drew University

Drew University, located in Madison, N.J., offers a multidisciplinary residential doctorate in ministry for those already involved in practical Christian ministry. Drew's PhD in Ministry builds on students' professional experience to prepare candidates to take a leadership role in building a global Christian community. Admission to the program requires a master's in divinity as well as at least three years of professional work in ministry. Information and application materials are available from the college online.

Denver Seminary

The Denver Seminary offers PhDs in Christian ministry for those already holding a Master's degree in Divinity. Available both online and residential formats, Denver Seminary's doctorate in Ministry is a two track program preparing students either for roles in church leadership and chaplaincy or for work in marriage and family counselling. Details are available from the Seminary's website.

Fuller Theological Seminary

The private Fuller Theological Seminary offers doctorates in Christian ministry both on campus and online. With six centres in the western United States, Fuller Seminary's degree program prepares students for careers in practical ministry and church leadership as well as work in pastoral and family counselling. The seminary website offers general information and application materials.

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