Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

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About the Program Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

Barry University's Doctor of Ministry program is designed to help experienced ministers develop and apply new academic and pastoral skills within their own ecclesial settings.

Our students are ordained and lay ecclesial ministers from Roman Catholic, Eastern and Greek Orthodox, and Protestant denominations. Students come from a variety of ethnic, socio-economic, geographic, and ministerial backgrounds, promoting quality classroom exchange and enhanced learning.

We are committed to doing all we can to help you finance your education. Barry University participates in federal and state financial aid programs. The Department of Theology and Philosophy offers a discount to graduate students engaged in full-time ministry. Graduate assistantships are sometimes available within the Department.

We invite you to join this community of scholars committed to study, exploration, and service!

View Curriculum Ministerial Formation

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.

Why get your D.Min. at Barry?

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    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.

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    Specialized Program Concentration

    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.

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    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.

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    Areas of Interest

    You can focus on an area of interest: Practical Biblical Theology, Practical Sacramental/Liturgical Theology, Practical Systematic Theology, Practical Moral Theology, Health Care Ethics, Institutional and Military Ministry, or, Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry.

About the Institute The Institute for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry

The mission of our Institute is to prepare leaders to serve the Church and the Hispanic/Latino community in South Florida and throughout the United States. Through the Department of Theology and Philosophy, we offer our students the joint benefit of theological education and ministerial formation that critically engages praxis of the Hispanic/Latino community.

We are a welcoming and supportive community of learners. Barry has an outstanding faculty dedicated to providing one-to-one attention to students fostering academic, personal and ministerial growth. South Florida provides an unparalleled cultural context for Hispanic/Latino studies and our students are from diverse cultural backgrounds, faith traditions and ministerial positions.

The Institute for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry was founded to respond to the needs of the emerging Church by preparing leaders and ministers to serve the Hispanic/Latino community.

Located in the Department of Theology and Philosophy at Barry University, the Institute prepares leaders from throughout the United States and within the local community to serve the Hispanic/Latino Church in a variety of ministerial positions.

The Institute focuses on three areas:

  • Academic course offerings on topics that critically engage the theological and ministerial praxis of the Hispanic/Latino community.
  • Contributions to the U.S. Hispanic/Latino theological discourse through research, publications and participation in professional associations.
  • Ministerial formation programs that assist professionals serving the Hispanic/Latino community in developing ministerial identity through intellectual and spiritual formation.
About the Institute

Graduate Programs in Theology and Ministry Educational Effectiveness

The Educational Effectiveness of the Graduate Programs in Theology and Ministry is demonstrated best by the intentional education and formation of lay ecclesial ministers prepared to contribute fruitfully to their communities of faith through theological reflection, praxis, and leadership.

The Doctor of Ministry program cultivates this preparation by fostering in our students the learning objectives/competencies delineated at each level of study which advance the mission of each program.

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Admissions Overview Getting Started

Congratulations on taking the first step to pursue your passion, advance your career, and make a difference in your community. We are committed to assist each student through the admission process.

Whether you transition straight from undergraduate studies to a graduate program or have been out of school for some time, we offer a welcoming and professional environment for graduate study.

With small class sizes, there is a considerable amount of personalized attention from your faculty and opportunities to build strong relationships with fellow classmates.

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Start your application today. In just a few years, you'll graduate with a degree from a highly-respected, affordable university.

Admissions Overview Are you a Transfer or an International Student?

You can apply to Barry whenever it’s convenient for you. We accept applications on a rolling basis, but it’s always better to apply sooner than later. You’re considered a transfer applicant when you have at least 12 college level credits from a regionally accredited college or university. Remember, you may have to apply separately to specific programs, so please review the academic requirements for your intended major.
If you are an international student, applying as early as possible is in your best interest in order to allow ample time for immigration processing. Please note that general admission to Barry University does not guarantee acceptance into all academic majors. Also, please be aware that admission to Barry University does not guarantee that you will be granted a student visa by the United States Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin.

Financial Aid Affordable for you.

At BarryU, our tuition is competitive, affordable and still promises all the perks of a private school education. Our cost per credit is in-line with other institutions, but we offer a mission-driven educational experience and provide our students with small class sizes, personalized attention, and academic excellence. Scholarships, graduate assistantships, and financial aid can also be explored to help offset overall costs.

Barry University participates in the full array of federal and state financial aid programs. At Barry, we are committed to doing all we can to help you finance your education.

Barry University's Financial Aid staff will assist you through the financial aid application process.

Financial Aid Programs Tuition and Fees

You can use the Barry University Scholarship System to find other scholarship opportunities that you may be eligible to receive:

  • Answer as many questions as you like—the more questions answered, the more scholarships you’re matched to
  • Be automatically considered for many of the scholarships available at Barry University
  • Do a keyword search for scholarships and review the criteria to see if your qualifications are a match
The scholarships are funded through contributions from private donors, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, campus organizations, and corporations.
Barry University Scholarships

Honor Society Theta Alpha Kappa

Theta Alpha Kappa is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). Theta Alpha Kappa was admitted to ACHS in 1985. A national honor society in theology, Theta Alpha Kappa promotes excellence and scholarship in the fields of religious studies and religious education. It is open to persons of all faiths.

Members are encouraged to provide scholarly lectures and contribute articles for national publication.

Jorge Presmanes, OP, DMin serves as faculty advisor for Barry's chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa. Barry's chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, along with Phi Sigma Tau, regularly presents debates on current issues.

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Theology and Ministry Programs Accreditation

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (www.ats.edu) accredits Barry University's Department of Theology and Philosophy graduate programs through 2028.

The following graduate programs in Theology and Ministry are accredited by ATS:

  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry for Hispanics
  • Doctor of Ministry
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