Ministry, D.Min. (Spiritual Formation and Soul Care)

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Doctor of Ministry, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate theological reflection with knowledge about the practice of ministry to assess the suitability of various solutions to a ministry problem (ULO 3).
  2. Utilize library resources and appropriate social science research to develop a research-based solution to a ministry problem (ULO 3).
  3. Implement a reasonable solution to a ministry problem (ULO 3).
  4. 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.

Admission Requirements

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:

  1. A TOEFL score of at least 600 PBT, 250 CBT, 100 IBT, or IELTS score of 7.5.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete the six courses required for their chosen specialization.
  2. Achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  3. Submit an acceptable doctoral project. All D.Min. students are required to complete a doctoral project.
  4. Complete all program requirements within twelve semesters.
  5. Adhere to the academic standards of Talbot School of Theology.
  6. Submit graduation forms to the Doctor of Ministry office a semester before intended graduation.

Curriculum Requirements

Program Courses
TTMN 892Doctoral Project Proposal Submission0
TTMN 880Year Four Doctoral Project I0
TTMN 881Year Four Doctoral Project II0
TTMN 882Year Five Doctoral Project I 10
TTMN 883Year Five Doctoral Project II 10
TTMN 884Year Six Doctoral Project I 10
TTMN 885Year Six Doctoral Project II 10
Spiritual Formation and Soul Care
TTMN 916Spiritual Theology and Formation for Soul Care I6
TTMN 917Spiritual Theology and Formation for Soul Care II6
TTMN 918Spirit, Prayer, and the Care of Souls I6
TTMN 919Spirit, Prayer, and the Care of Souls II6
TTMN 920Prayer, Formation, and Soul Care in Preaching6
TTMN 921Prayer, Soul Care, and an Ongoing Rule of Life6
Co-Curricular Requirement
Retreats and spiritual direction groups will be required.
Total Credits36