Parent Category: Academics
Program Director: Reuel U. Almocera
The DMin is a professional degree program primarily designed to serve the needs of pastors, mission executives, church leaders, and other ministry professionals. The purpose of this degree program is to equip people for a higher level of ability in the practice of ministry. This is achieved through an experience of further education, which renews the personal life of faith, sharpens ministerial skills, and stimulates growth in understanding the biblical and theological foundations of ministry and mission.
Goals of the DMin Program
- To increase the student’s capacity to integrate biblical, theological and social sciences into ministerial and mission practice.
- To deepen the understanding of, and experience in, Christian commitment and vocation.
- To sharpen the skill of ministers in areas of preaching, teaching, pastoral care, church growth, evangelism, leadership, worship, and church management.
- To advance techniques and approaches for conducting independent research that can be utilized in the graduate’s own practice of ministry.
Outcomes and Competencies
Spiritual Organizational Leader
· Morally upright; Righteous judgments; Bible reading leader; Believer of gift of prophecy; Astute administrator; Lead a prayerful life; Unsullied integrity; Literate in financial management
· Skilled in teaching (Andragogy & Pedagogy); Prepare and deliver biblical sermons; Proficient in pastoral counseling; Loyal to the Adventist Church; Model family
· Hardworking shepherd; Productive evangelist
Astute Practical Theologian
· Accurate doctrinal understanding; Relevant biblically-based practice; Desire for lifelong learning
· Proficient researcher; Express well in academic writing
· Change agent/manager; Sufficient understanding of world religions; Skilled in contextualization; Proficient in language of target groups
· Conversant understanding of modern/post-modern culture
· At home with urban mission realities
DMin I and DMin II
At AIIAS, the DMin program is offered in two configurations to meet the needs of students coming from different educational backgrounds. DMin I is for those who have completed a 72-unit Master of Divinity degree (or its equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.33, and have at least four years of ministerial experience.
DMin II is for those who have a 36-unit Master of Ministry degree (or its equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.33, and have at least six years ministerial experience.
These programs may be completed by the full-time “On Campus” or the “In Ministry” modality.
DMin I - For Master of Divinity Graduates
- A master's degree in religion, with a minimum GPA of 3.33.
- A minimum five years of gospel ministry experience is normally required.
- The following documents must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records:
- Letters of recommendation from two church administrators with whom the applicant has had a working relationship for the past five years.
- A personal statement of approximately 500 words explaining the applicant's reason for seeking the DMin degree.
- A statement of their philosophy of ministry.
- Demonstrated proficiency in English.
- An interview with the candidate if necessary.
- A Research Paper with an original (20-page minimum), publishable-quality, academic article (or thesis summary) in the area of interest, which is to be reviewed and approved by the major department and program director. Detailed guidelines will be made available to the applicant as part of the enrollment package. In case the paper is not written in English, the original and a translated version need to be submitted.
- A pass (B or above) in a research writing course equivalent to GSEM 600 Applied Theology Research or GSEM 630 Documentary Research and Writing.
- Twenty-four graduate semester credits in ministry/mission.
- Twelve graduate credits in biblical studies.
- Twelve graduate credits in historical-theological studies.
- A pass (with a B or above) in a teaching course such as GSEM 608 Advanced Methods of Teaching Bible.
- Complete a total of 45 semester hours with a cumulative GPA or 3.33 or higher. A maximum of 9 semester hours may be earned by Directed Study. Mainly courses numbered 700 or above should be taken. Under the guidance of the program director, limited courses numbered 600 may be taken for DMin credit.
- Write a defensible project. The project (120-150 pages) should address a problem or issue directly relevant to the ministry of the contemporary church.
- Successfully defend the project before the Project Defense Committee, composed of the Student's Project Committee plus one external examiner appointed by the Programs Committee.
- Have five approved, final copies of the project, bound and submitted to the Dean's office at least one week before graduation.
Core Courses and Emphasis
All DMin I candidates will take core courses in Applied Theology, Leadership, and Research and Writing. Under the guidance of the DMin program director, the student will also choose four courses in Church Ministry, Mission or Leadership in order to develop an emphasis that is related to the area of research.
Admission to the DMin program does not guarantee advancement to candidacy. A student may be advanced to candidacy only after
- Fulfillment of all deficiencies and prerequisites indicated as conditions for admission.
- Completion of all coursework with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.33.
- Acceptance of the DMin project proposal by the student’s project committee.
Timeline and Limits
In residence students will normally finish the program within two and one-half years, maximum of six years including all the pre-requisites. Students taking the In-Ministry track are required to finish the program within ten years from the start of their program.
In order to graduate from the DMin program the following courses (45 semester hours) must be completed.
DMin - In-Ministry Program
The In-Ministry DMin Program is designed for church leaders who are engaged in full-time ministry to come to the main campus for one to two months of each year in order to take two or four intensive courses.
Admission to the In-Ministry program is on the basis of competence in theology and commitment to ministry, as well as motivation to pursue further study in a recognized area of ministry. In order to be admitted into the program, the prerequisites for the regular DMin program must be met.
There will be pre-course, on-campus, and post-course assignments for each course associated with the In-Ministry DMin program. Each course requires 48 hours of face-to-face regular meeting, conducted in 12 days, 4 hours per day. Reading and work assignments may be given prior to the start of the course.
Admission to the In-Ministry DMin program does not guarantee advancement to candidacy. The candidacy requirements for the In-Ministry DMin program are the same as for the regular DMin program.
The In-Ministry DMin degree has the same degree requirements as the regular DMin program.
Timeline and Limits
The In-Ministry DMin students should finish the program within 10 years.