The Doctor of Ministry degree with a concentration in liturgical catechesis is a professional doctorate offering students advanced theological and pastoral formation for competent and effective pastoral ministry for the New Evangelization.

The D.Min. degree program uses a blended learning model over 15 weeks each year for three years. Students take three courses concurrently and participate in a summer two-week on-campus residency.

Prerequisites

  • Possession of a Master of Divinity degree or its educational equivalent (i.e., approximately 72 graduate level credits in theology and its related fields) with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0.
  • A minimum of three years of full-time service in pastoral ministry or its equivalent (e.g., 6 years of half-time ministry, etc.).
  • Women and men religious, priests, deacons and seminarians must submit a letter of endorsement from their bishop or ecclesiastical superior.
  • A completed and signed application form.
  • A 1,000–2,000 word statement of purpose briefly presenting a history of the applicant’s academic, pastoral and vocational background, his/her purpose for undertaking doctoral studies in pastoral ministry and his/her ministerial goals as they related to the intended concentration area.
  • Official transcripts from every post-secondary school in approved, sealed envelopes.
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which testifies to the applicant’s personal aptitude for, as well as interest in and motivation for, the field of theology and pastoral studies. The other two letters must specifically attest to the applicant’s ability to complete doctoral studies.
  • Submission of a graduate level writing sample (e.g., term paper, thesis, etc.).
  • International students from non-English-speaking countries must have a minimum score of 92 on the TOEFL or an overall band score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS for the English language.

Requirements

  • The coursework for the degree requires at least seven hours a week per course.
  • 10 courses are taken over a three year period (30 credit hours).
  • Seven courses (21 credit hours) are core courses; three courses (nine credit hours) are concentration courses.
  • One of the seven core courses is the D.Min. Seminar that is taken after completing 18 credit hours of coursework. The course is completely online. The purpose of the seminar is to complete a draft of the D.Min proposal and develop skills for doing research.
  • Three courses are taken each year during the Spring/Summer D.Min. semester and include a two-week residency at the end of May or beginning of June.