The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program offered at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education provides advanced understanding of the nature and purposes of religious ministry, increased competencies in pastoral analysis and ministry skills, sustained theological reflection, and new knowledge about the practice of ministry.
The program, combining theory and pastoral practice, strives for the integration of theological and social science knowledge to advance excellence in religious ministry and the general practice of ministry in its many forms. It also provides students with expertise in specialized areas of ministerial practice.
The foundations of the program are theological, historical, psychological and sociological. Faculty and students use various models of theological reflection: ministerial, spiritual, feminist, cultural and practical.
In keeping with Fordham University’s Jesuit mission, the program gives special, though not exclusive, attention to the Christian and Catholic religious tradition. A major concern of the program, in keeping with the mission of Jesuit education, is to explore the social role that religious ministry can play in dealing with cultural and theological issues, such as ecology, feminism, multiculturalism, globalization, enculturation, peace and justice, and spirituality. The D.Min. program is designed to prepare reflective and competent professionals for positions of leadership in religious ministry. The program strives to discover and nurture sound scholarship, meaningful research and the interdependence of theory and practice. The D.Min. is conferred on the basis of scholarship, research skills and practical application demonstrated by the student’s coursework, examinations, doctoral project and ministerial experience.