Self-Directed Program

In the self-directed Doctor of Ministry program, we produce transformed leaders, ready to serve in a range of settings—from church leadership, to global missions, to family ministry.

Program Options

Students enrolled in the self-directed program have the flexibility to tailor their degree to their passions and ministry contexts. We offer 3 program tracks with concentrations:

Biblical and Theological Engagement track

Church Leadership track with concentrations in:

  • Organizational Systems
  • Evangelism/Discipleship
  • Faith Communication

Congregation and Family Care track with concentrations in:

  • Spiritual Formation
  • Pastoral Care
  • Marriage and Family Studies

Delivery Model

Within each concentration, students take 3 required course units, select elective course units, and complete a thesis project focused in their area of study. Students finish their course work over 3 years, with the thesis project typically extending through an additional year.

The self-directed model blends distance course work and on-campus intensives, giving students opportunities for both independent study and face-to-face interaction. Courses begin with preparatory assignments carried out online, followed by a weeklong intensive held at the St. Paul campus in both July and January. All courses then culminate with a ministry application experience carried out over the next few months.