Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Doctor of Ministry Program

Admission to the D Min. program requires the possession of a Master of Divinity degree or its educational equivalent.  Generally, equivalency is assessed as tantamount to 36 graduate credits in theological or religious studies (typically 15 credits in Scripture, 15 credits in doctrinal or systematic theology, and 6 credits in other areas of theology or religious studies).  Students who do not have this background are advised to take such courses in the GSRRE, the Department of Theology of Fordham University, or other graduate theological programs.  The practice of ministry is not considered an equivalent substitute for the Master of Divinity degree.

To be admitted to the program applicants should normally have had three years of experience in ministry after their first theological degree.  They should also manifest the capacity for an advanced level of competence in and reflection on religious ministry. Admission of candidates to the D.Min. is determined by the D.Min. Committee, which is comprised of the dean, director and D.Min. faculty members.  Admission to the D.Min. is selective and offered only to those students who have demonstrated the requisite intellectual ability, academic and ministerial preparation, and motivation.

Those applying for admissions are expected to have a B+ average in their Master’s program.  They must supply a copy of their official college, seminary, and graduate school transcripts as well as three letters of recommendation, two from professors with whom they have studied and one from a ministerial supervisor.  Applicants must also submit a statement of purpose for seeking the degree. Click here to begin your application.

The admissions deadline is February 1st. Students are typically notified by April 1st about their decision. Students begin their studies in the subsequent fall term.  Each student accepted into the program is assigned an advisor who guides the student in academic and career matters.  Students are expected to maintain a B+ grade point average during the entire period of their doctoral studies.  Mentors and readers for doctoral dissertations and projects are decided upon by students in consultation with prospective mentors and readers. The mentor must be chosen from the D.Min. faculty. Readers may be chosen from within or outside of the D.Min. faculty.  For further information on the program, please contact the director, Patrick Holt, at 718-817-4800.

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