Doctor of Ministry

The DMin provides pastors and other ministry leaders the the opportunity for advanced theological reflection on the work of ministry and to sharpen ministry skills.

Applicants must have completed an MDiv (or its educational equivalent) from an accredited institution (ordinarily) with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and three years of ministry experience (normally) following completion of the MDiv. Students who lack a 3.0 but would like to pursue 15 hours of DMin coursework without the project/dissertation may apply for admission into the Advanced Certificate in Applied Theology (ACAT).

The DMin curriculum requires 36 hours of work as outlined below. The degree can be completed in as little as three years of part-time study.

Below is a sample of course study:

  • DR 901 Theological Foundations for Ministry
  • DR 902 The Practice of Ministry
  • DR 911 Interpersonal Skills for Ministry
  • One Norms (DN) Elective
  • One Functions (DF) Elective
  • One Contexts (DC) Elective
  • Four Other Electives
  • DR 090 Candidacy (non-credit)
  • Prospectus Writing Seminar (non-credit)
  • DR 941, 942, 943 Project/Dissertation (six hours)


Erskine welcomes military chaplains in its DMin program and offers advanced standing for some of their military and CPE training. For more information, chaplains may contact Robin Broome (, 864.379.6571).

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