The Doctor of Ministry (DMIN) is a three to six-year professional doctorate designed for men and women who hold the MDIV or its educational equivalent and who have engaged in substantial ministry leadership. In this degree program, you develop transformational leadership competencies in areas such as spirituality, spiritual community, transformational discipleship, organizational leadership, and missional leadership. The degree requires no fewer than three years nor more than six years to complete. The curriculum may be completed in three years, although many students take longer due to family, church, and job responsibilities. The required Applied Research Project topic you choose can also encourage you to take longer to complete the degree.

DMIN Program Objectives

The objectives of the Doctor of Ministry degree program are as follows.

  1. Graduates will evaluate their spiritual life and design a personal or corporate plan for nurturing the inner life. (DMIN-1)
  2. Graduates will analyze contemporary issues related to developing a spiritual community. (DMIN-2)
  3. Graduates will apply new discoveries in learning science to their preaching, teaching, and writing. (DMIN-3)
  4. Graduates will lead their ministry organization through change initiatives using the principles of transformational leadership. (DMIN-4)
  5. Graduates will evaluate approaches to address or resolve contemporary issues related to helping transform a culture for Christ. (DMIN-5)
  6. Graduates will develop leadership skills in areas related to God’s call. (DMIN-6)

A summative evaluation of learning in the form of the presentation and oral defense (conference call) of an Applied Research Project is also used to evaluate the accomplishment of program objectives. (DMIN-P)

Doctor of Ministry Degree – 39 Hours

The following 3 courses and 6 seminars are taken in the completion of the Doctor of Ministry degree.

Required Doctor of Ministry (DMIN) Courses and Seminars Credit Hours
R7100   The Transformational Leader (Touchstone) – Required1st 1
W7601  Spiritual Life of the Leader 6
E7601   The Missional Leader 6
F7601   Building and Nurturing Spiritual Community 6
D7601   Transformational Discipleship in a Digital Age 6
M7601  Organizational Leadership 6
R7103   Research Methodology – Summer 1 1
R7105   Project Proposal – Summer 2 1
R7101   Comprehensive Exam (Milestone) – After Courses/Seminars 1
R7500   Applied Research Project (Capstone) – After Comp Exam 5

DMIN Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the Doctor of Ministry degree you must have completed the following:

  • all courses, seminars, exams, and the research project within 6 years of taking the first course (Touchstone)
  • the 39 credit hours of courses and seminars in the degree program
  • a passing grade of “B” (3.0) or higher in every course or seminar counted toward the 39 credit hours
  • a passing grade of “B” (3.0) or higher on the Qualifying Exam (Touchstone), Comprehensive Exam (Milestone), and the Applied Research Project (Capstone)
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

DMIN Course Notional Hours of Learning

To be successful in online learning, it is very important to invest sufficient time toward your learning. Though your personal study time will likely vary each week, the volume of learning in meeting all of the course objectives and completing the course is typically as follows.

Academic Engagement – 15 hours per 8-week course
Reading classroom materials, linked websites, and handouts
Viewing classroom audio and video media and linked media
Interacting with fellow students and the professor in discussion forum
Completing surveys, quizzes, exams, and other assessments

Academic Preparation – 30 hours per 8-week course
Offline reading for comprehension
Reading discussion questions
Reflection papers, projects, reports, and assessments
Learning assessments and surveys
Ministry praxis and mentor support

Total Notional Hours – 45 hours per 8-week course

DMIN Seminar Notional Hours of Learning

To be successful in online learning, it is very important to invest sufficient time toward your learning. Though your personal study time will likely vary each week, the volume of learning in meeting all of the course objectives and completing the seminar is typically as follows.

Academic Engagement – 90 hours per 16-week seminar
Reading classroom materials, linked websites, and handouts
Viewing classroom audio and video media and linked media
Interacting with fellow students and the professor in discussion forums
Participating in synchronous video conference call presentations

Academic Preparation – 180 hours per 16-week seminar
Reading textbooks for comprehension
Writing reports, developing projects, completing assignments, studying for exams
Interacting with mentor about course learning on a weekly basis
Practicing learning in current ministry context

Total Notional Hours – 270 hours per 16-week seminar

Applied Research Project

Upon completion of all courses, seminars, and the Comprehensive Examination, you enroll in the R7500 Applied Research Project (Capstone) course. This self-directed course involves the development and defense of a topic that has potential contribution to the practice of ministry. An Applied Research Project Manual, a Research Design Blueprint, and a Research Design Checklist are provided to you during the R7103 Project Proposal course during which you explore the project protocols.

Students at the Applied Research Project stage of the DMIN program are required to submit project status reports (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/arpstatusform) at least once per 8-week term. These reports are intended to help you continue to make progress toward the completion of the Project, and to keep Rockbridge informed of your progress for academic advisement purposes.

DMIN Applied Research Project Notional Hours of Learning

Though your personal study time will likely vary each week, the volume of learning in meeting all of the course objectives and completing the project is typically as follows.

Academic Engagement – 18 Hours per 52-Weeks
Reading classroom materials, linked websites, and handouts
Viewing classroom audio and video media and linked media
Participating in synchronous video conference hearings

Academic Preparation – 207 Hours per 52 Weeks
Reading precedent literature for comprehension in support of project
Writing chapters, making committee changes, designing presentations
Interacting with Faculty Supervisor and Site Advisor
Practicing research in ministry or service role

Course Copyright Restrictions

All course content, i.e., courseware materials in the classroom, the design of online learning, chat room and discussion forum postings, and any attached files are strictly for the use of Rockbridge Seminary students registered in the course. Course content and materials may be reproduced and used by students in the practice of ministry, assuming proper credit is given to the sources. Student discussion and chat room postings are strictly confidential and may not be copied or distributed apart for the normal learning process as directed by this course.

Academic Calendar

Please see the Rockbridge calendar of significant dates found under Academic Calendar appearing later in this Catalog.

Doctor of Ministry (DMIN) Worksheet

3 One Hour Courses; 6 Six Hour Seminars – 39 semester credit hours

Required One Hour First Course Term Grade
  R7100   The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)
 
Required One Hour Courses Term Grade
  R7103   Research Methodology
  R7105   Project Proposal
 
Required Six Hour Seminars Term Grade
  W7601  Spiritual Life of the Leader
  E7601   The Missional Leader
  F7601   Building and Nurturing Spiritual Community
  D7601   Transformational Discipleship in a Digital Age
  M7601  Organizational Leadership
 
Required Last Assessments Term Grade
  R7101   Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)
  R7500   Applied Research Project (Capstone)

 

An electronic copy of the Doctor of Ministry Program Worksheet is also available online.

 

 

Doctor of Ministry Course Schedule

You may register for one course or one seminar per term. The R7101 Comprehensive Exam (Milestone) can only be taken after all courses and seminars are completed. The R7500 Applied Research Project (Capstone) can only be taken after the Comprehensive exam is completed. Rockbridge Seminary reserves the right to change a course schedule without notice. Please see the Academic Calendar for the start dates for the terms in the course schedule.

2020 – 2021

Fall 2020-T5 Fall 2020-T6
R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

Fall 2020-T5T6
E7601  The Missional Leader  

 

Spring 2021-T1 Spring 2021-T2
R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

Spring 2021-T1T2
F7601   Building/Nurturing Spiritual Community  

 

Summer 2021-T3 Summer 2021-T4
R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7103  Research Methodology

R7105  Project Proposal

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

 

Summer Break

2021 – 2022

Fall 2021-T5 Fall 2021-T6
R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

Fall 2021-T5T6
D7601  Transformational Discipleship/Digital Age  

 

Spring 2022-T1 Spring 2022-T2
R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

Spring 2022-T1T2
W7601 Spiritual Life of the Leader  

 

Summer 2022-T3 Summer 2022-T4
R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7103  Research Methodology

R7105  Project Proposal

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

 

Summer Break

2022 – 2023

Fall 2022-T5 Fall 2022-T6
R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

Fall 2022-T5T6
M7601  Organizational Leadership  

 

Spring 2023-T1 Spring 2023-T2
R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

Spring 2023-T1T2
E7601  The Missional Leader  

 

Summer 2023-T3 Summer 2023-T4
R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7103  Research Methodology

R7105  Project Proposal

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

 

Summer Break

2023 – 2024

Fall 2023-T5 Fall 2023-T6
R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

Fall 2023-T5T6
F7601   Building/Nurturing Spiritual Community  

 

Spring 2024-T1 Spring 2024-T2
R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

Spring 2024-T1T2
D7601  Transformational Discipleship/Digital Age  

 

Summer 2024-T3 Summer 2024-T4
R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7103  Research Methodology

R7105  Project Proposal

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

 

Summer Break

2024 – 2025

Fall 2024-T5 Fall 2024-T6
R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

Fall 2024-T5T6
W7601 Spiritual Life of the Leader  

 

Spring 2025-T1 Spring 2025-T2
R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

Spring 2025-T1T2
M7601  Organizational Leadership  

 

Summer 2025-T3 Summer 2025-T4
R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7103  Research Methodology

R7105  Project Proposal

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

R7100  The Transformational Leader (Touchstone)

R7101  Comprehensive Exam (Milestone)

R7500  Applied Research Project (Capstone)

 

Summer Break