Program Details

Talbot's Doctor of Ministry program is designed to fit into your busy ministry schedule. We offer a selection of "specialty tracks" designed to enhance your area of ministry by exposing you to the latest scholarship and world-class experts.

Talbot's Doctor of Ministry program has two parts; residency course work and the writing of a doctoral project. The residency work is completed in an uninterrupted sequence of two weeks per year over three years. During your first three years, you will spend two continuous weeks per year in intensive course work. At the end of the third year, you will submit your doctoral project proposal and begin writing your doctoral project. You have six years to complete the entire program.

Residency Preparation (3 times)

The semester before each residency, extensive reading and preparation are assigned by the faculty-mentor. You should plan to devote one day per week in preparation for the residency.

Residencies (3 times)

Each year’s two-week residency consists of two one-week courses. The courses are designed sequentially so you acquire increasing competency in the selected area of concentration, both in terms of conceptual understanding and praxis, from one year to the next. The focus of each year is the pre-residency work, the residency itself, and a major post-residency ministry project to be carried out following each residency. You must successfully complete your post-residency projects in order to advance in the program.

Spiritual Formation Retreat (1 time)

During the first weekend of the first residency every student will participate in a spiritual formation retreat along with his or her cohort. This retreat will be led by Talbot's Institute for Spiritual Formation and will encourage you to experience continued growth in spiritual maturity.

Doctoral Project  (1 time)

Your doctoral project is the capstone project of the program. It is the culmination of previous learning in the program and a demonstration of your ability to engage in ministry as a scholar-practitioner in a given area of specialization. In addition to the faculty-mentor, you will be assigned a reader. With the faculty-mentor playing the lead role, these two faculty members form the project committee and guide you through the process, approving each aspect of the doctoral project from the initial proposal through to the final draft. Doctoral project proposals will only be accepted from students who have maintained a cumulative 3.0 GPA. The final requirements for degree completion is a successful presentation of the completed doctoral project to your mentor and the reader, and the presentation of an acceptable project to the DMin office.

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