Ministry, D.Min. (Effective Congregational Care)
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Doctor of Ministry, students will be able to:
- Integrate theological reflection with knowledge about the practice of ministry to assess the suitability of various solutions to a ministry problem (ULO 3).
- Utilize library resources and appropriate social science research to develop a research-based solution to a ministry problem (ULO 3).
- Implement a reasonable solution to a ministry problem (ULO 3).
- Demonstrate Christian virtues and spiritual maturity in academic work (ULO 2).
Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.
Students applying for the D.Min. degree must have completed the M.Div. degree or its educational equivalent with at least a 3.0 GPA from an accredited school, followed by at least three years of ministry experience, and be currently involved in a ministry. Applicants are encouraged to apply for admission as early as possible.
Admission of Non-Native English-Speaking Students
It is essential that non-native English speaking students be able to understand directions and lectures in English and be able to express their thoughts clearly in spoken and written English. The D.Min. department will determine English proficiency on a case by case basis, but will consistently look for at least one of the following criteria to be met:
- A TOEFL score of at least 600 PBT, 250 CBT, 100 IBT, or IELTS score of 7.5.
- An appropriate master's degree, from an accredited school, in an English-speaking program, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Completion of the Biola English Language Program (ELP) with passing status on the ELP’s final exit exam, which must be approved by the English Language Program Director in collaboration with the academic program committee. An updated TOEFL or IELTS score may be used at the end of a term to test directly into the graduate program for the following term.
The D.Min. program reserves the right to accept a student on a probationary basis if English language proficiency is in doubt, even if the applicant can demonstrate adequate satisfaction of either criteria mentioned above.
Some specializations may be available in other languages besides English. In these specializations, the English proficiency requirement may be waived.
- Complete the six courses required for their chosen specialization.
- Achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
- Submit an acceptable doctoral project. All D.Min. students are required to complete a doctoral project.
- Complete all program requirements within twelve semesters.
- Adhere to the academic standards of Talbot School of Theology.
- Submit graduation forms to the Doctor of Ministry office a semester before intended graduation.
|TTMN 892||Doctoral Project Proposal Submission||0|
|TTMN 880||Year Four Doctoral Project I||0|
|TTMN 881||Year Four Doctoral Project II||0|
|TTMN 882||Year Five Doctoral Project I 1||0|
|TTMN 883||Year Five Doctoral Project II 1||0|
|TTMN 884||Year Six Doctoral Project I 1||0|
|TTMN 885||Year Six Doctoral Project II 1||0|
|Effective Congregational Care Specialization Courses|
|TTMN 833||Developing Life Groups and Transforming Communities||6|
|TTMN 834||Counseling Individuals, Couples and Families||6|
|TTMN 835||Developing Redemptive Family Ministries I||6|
|TTMN 836||Developing Redemptive Family Ministries II||6|
|TTMN 837||Ministering to People in Addictive Bondage||6|
|TTMN 838||Ministering to People in the Wake of Crisis, Loss and Trauma||6|
Registration for TTMN 882, TTMN 883, TTMN 884, and TTMN 885 are not necessary if the student submits the doctoral project at the end of year four. Visas for international doctoral students are valid for four years.