Doctor of Ministry

St. Ignatius Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) 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.

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Distance Learning Program

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Program has moved to a blended program of Online and On-Campus course work.

Students may complete as few as 4 courses on campus, offered in an intensive format during January intersession. All other coursework may be completed online or on campus.On campus courses are offered in the evening and in intensive formats.

Foundations and Concentrations

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.

The program offers four concentrations:

  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Latino Studies
  • Spirituality
  • Generalist

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 DMin 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 DMin is conferred on the basis of scholarship, research skills and practical application demonstrated by the student's coursework, examinations, doctoral project and ministerial experience.

Application Deadlines

The DMin admissions review committee will meet three times per year. Admission may be offered for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. The following deadlines are set to coincide with the committee's schedule.

November 1: Spring Admissions
January 15: Mid-Spring (March) or Summer Admissions
April 15: Fall Admissions