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Why get your D. Min. at Barry?


The 44-credit hour Doctor of Ministry program is designed to help ordained and non-ordained women and men develop theological reflection on ministerial practice. It places emphasis on practical theology, applying cutting-edge academic study and research to contemporary ministry.

The D.Min. degree requires a curriculum distribution (9 credit-hours), core courses (6 credit-hours), electives appropriate to the student's area of interest (15 credit-hours), a supervised in-service project (6 credit-hours) and a thesis-project (8 credit-hours). A maximum of six years is allowed for degree completion.

Curriculum Distribution

  • 9 credit-hours to be taken as follows:
    • Biblical Theology (3 credit-hours)
    • Systematic/Liturgical Theology (3 credit-hours)
    • Moral Theology (3 credit-hours)

Core Courses

  • 6 credit hours comprised of:
    • Fundamentals of Practical Theology Seminar (3 credit-hours) (THE 800A)
    • Integrative Seminar (3 credit-hours) (THE 800)


  • 15 credit-hours (6 of these hours may be completed as directed independent study)

Supervised Ministerial Formation

  • 6 credit-hours

Thesis in Ministry

  • 8 credit-hours

Core Courses. At the start of your study, you will participate in the first core course - Fundamentals in Practical Theology (THE 800A). This seminar, which is offered during the winter term, will prepare you in the praxis-theory-praxis methodologies of practical theology. You will continue to use these methodologies in your coursework and in your thesis-project. After you have completed at least 12 credit-hours of coursework, you will participate in the second core course – the Integrative Seminar (THE 800), which is offered during the summer term. The Integrative Seminar is designed to assist you in developing your research skills, scholarly writing, and thesis-project proposal.

Supervised Ministerial Formation. This six-credit course provides theologically discerning accompaniment throughout your Doctor of Ministry program. It is designed to help you integrate academic knowledge and spiritual practice with your personal and professional ministerial experiences through a series of personal reflections, workshop attendance, completion of a formation log, and development of a personal thick description. Your registration for this course will be concurrent with your registration in Fundamentals in Practical Theology (THE 800A). You will continue in Ministerial Formation with an "In Process" (IP) status until you complete your integrative paper.

Project-Thesis. Your Thesis in Ministry Project (THE 801 – 8 credits) enables you to demonstrate satisfactory integration of theological reflection with ministerial praxis and to develop a new vision of your ministry that can be applied broadly to other ministerial contexts.

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

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