Why Barry?

Why get your D. Min. at Barry?

Barry University's Doctor of Ministry program offers you a unique educational opportunity by combining the latest knowledge in practical theology with strong faculty support, convenient study options, and a multicultural learning environment.

Study Options. Recognizing your needs as a working professional, we have designed three study options to help you earn the Doctor of Ministry while meeting your other responsibilities.

  • In the Traditional Semester Option, classes are scheduled in the evening, generally from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. You can enroll in one to three courses per semester.
  • The Winter and Summer Term Study Option allows you to pursue the degree even if your schedule is extremely tight or you live in area of Florida or another state. Classes are scheduled daily during a two-week residency period. Six week pre-residency and post-residency periods enable you to complete readings, assignments, and a research paper.
  • In the Study-through-the-Year Option, students enroll in both the traditional semester courses and the winter/summer term courses. This option can reduce the amount of time it takes to graduate and increases your breadth of study.

Unparalleled Support. Barry's D.Min. program is designed to give you the support you need to complete the degree and to fully integrate your academic understanding of theology into your ministry.

  • Faculty members are available to assist you and are interested in your progress, whether you undertake coursework during the traditional semesters or the winter and summer terms.
  • Two required core seminars, Fundamentals in Practical Theology and the Integrative Seminar, are designed to give you the tools you need to successfully complete the Doctor of Ministry and to meet some of your own ministerial goals.
  • Reference librarians are available to help you with library holdings, interlibrary loans and use of electronic databases such as the American Theological Library Association's database in theology and religion.

Faculty Expertise. Barry's theology and philosophy faculty have the kind of academic knowledge, teaching skills, and practical experience that can truly enrich your life. To give you just a few examples, among the faculty is:

  • Gloria L. Schaab, SSJ, PhD, author of Trinity in Relation: Creation, Incarnation, and Grace in an Evolving Cosmos  (Winona, MN: Anselm Academic, 2012).
  • Alicia C. Marill, DMin, founder of Amor en Accíon, an organization dedicated to short-term mission experiences in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
  • Deena Elana Grant, PhD, author of Divine Anger in the Hebrew Bible (CBQMS, forthcoming).
  • Elsie M. Miranda, DMin, co-editor and contributor to Calling for Justice Throughout the World, Catholic Women Theologians on the HIV AIDS Pandemic (Continuum Press, 2009).
  • Mark E. Wedig, OP, PhD, contributor of “Eucharistic Prayer I: The Mystagogical Implications” and “Eucharistic Prayer IV: The Mystagogical Implications” in A Commentary on the Order of Mass of The Roman Missal (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2011).
  • Sara Fairbanks, OP, PhD, author of "Greening the Nicene Creed: Liturgical Grounding for Ecological Ethics and Action" Liturgical Ministry 20 (Spring 2011)

Specialized Program Concentration.

With Hispanic Catholics numbering more than 63 million (40% of Catholics in the U.S.) and growth of Hispanics in Protestant denominations, Barry's Institute for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry is uniquely equipped to give you the background you need to be an active member of this growing dialogue. Experienced faculty and involved colleagues make for lively discussions within the Institute's course offerings. Courses are offered during the winter and summer terms.

Areas of Interest.

In Barry’s DMin Program, you can also focus on an area of interest, including Practical Biblical Theology, Practical Sacramental/Liturgical Theology, Practical Systematic Theology, Practical Moral Theology, Health Care Ethics, Institutional and Military Ministry, or, as noted above, Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry.

Ideal Location. Barry University is located in Miami Shores, a village twenty minutes from the vibrant downtown areas of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. South Florida's diversity, with both residents and visitors drawn from around the world, invites professional exchange of ideas and creative solutions. This diversity also allows you to work with colleagues and student populations from a variety of countries, cultures, socio-economic groups, and religious backgrounds, giving you potential to develop a depth of understanding you cannot not find elsewhere. In addition, the area provides easy access to the Caribbean and South America.

Contact Us. Sound like the right program for you? You can apply online now. Or if you have additional questions, you can request information or ask us a question online. We can also be reached at 305-899-3469 or 1-800-756-6000, ext. 3469 or by email theology@barry.edu.