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Doctor of Ministry

A doctoral degree is about more than gaining knowledge. It’s about using everything you’ve learned to become a transformational ministry leader.

Our Doctor of Ministry program provides innovative education to equip Christian leaders and scholars. We also offer one of the first ATS-accredited, fully online Doctor of Ministry programs. In your courses, you’ll tackle today’s problems head-on and address the burning issues facing the church and the world. While going deeper in your walk with God, you’ll immerse yourself in research to find practical answers to pressing questions. And you’ll be prepared as a world-changer, ready to make significant contributions that result in lasting change.

Program Option(s)

Doctor of Ministry in Biblical and Theological Engagement

Learn from experienced faculty who will challenge your understanding of Scripture and theology while empowering you to lead others through similar experiences in your own future ministry. This self-directed concentration will develop student’s personal and spiritual well-being for ministry effectiveness and satisfaction, increase their understanding of biblical, theological, and historical resources, and investigate the biblical and theological emphases that undergird relationships in Christian organizations.

Delivery Online
Location St. Paul
Credits 48
Cost per Credit $382
Estimated Total Cost $18,336*

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Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership

This self-directed concentration will provide space to dive deeply into congregational systems and styles and teach you how to capitalize on your leadership traits for effective leadership practice. Students will develop personal and spiritual well-being for ministry effectiveness and satisfaction, refine their ability to lead congregations effectively in situations of change, and develop in one or more of the major strategic areas of ministry leadership.

Delivery Online
Location St. Paul
Credits 48
Cost per Credit $382
Estimated Total Cost $18,336*

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Doctor of Ministry in Congregation and Family Care

In addition to helping you gain insight into family and congregational systems, this self-directed concentration will emphasize crucial aspects of pastoral care through transformational leadership, and addresses deeper issues surrounding pain and suffering. Students will explore the most common spiritual, mental health, and relational issues encountered in ministry, plan appropriate strategies for care and guidance, examine how their own spiritual, mental, emotional, theological, and cultural formation affects their ministries, and practice contextualization and theological reflection with issues of human need and pastoral care.

Delivery Online
Location St. Paul
Credits 48
Cost per Credit $382
Estimated Total Cost $18,336*

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Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership

The Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership is designed for those actively engaged in the practice of ministry leadership in diverse settings, including church, parachurch, nonprofit, and cross-cultural settings. As they learn to navigate the complex and changing realities of our world, students will be challenged to develop innovative and research-based solutions to the leadership demands of today and tomorrow. This concentration is completed with a cohort of fellow students and enhanced with mentoring and faculty oversight.

Delivery Online
Location Online
Credits 48
Cost per Credit $550
Estimated Total Cost $26,400*

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* These program details and costs are estimated and subject to change. View our program details disclaimer for more information.

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Building Leaders to Serve a World That Needs Transformational Change

The Doctor of Ministry at Bethel will be one of the ultimate challenges in your academic life. Academically rigorous and downright practical, our program is designed to enhance the leadership of existing leaders and develop a new generation of transformational leaders who are committed to changing their life, their ministry, and their society. We’re not interested in merely helping you put “doctor” in front of your name, but rather graduating leaders with a higher level of visioning, leadership, and engagement within their ministry setting.

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Program Highlights

Online Options

We offer one of the first ATS-accredited, fully online Doctor of Ministry programs. You can also choose the online with intensives option for most of our concentrations, which includes opportunities to meet with students on campus.

Useful social research

Students conduct research that impacts the church and the world it serves with innovative solutions to the many burning issues faced by the church today.

Practical teaching

We develop ministry practitioners who leave the program with tangible skills that change the way they do ministry.

Transformational leadership

Not only do students become more effective leaders, but also they’re transformed in the process—learning a style of leadership that transforms those they encounter through their ministry and day-to-day life.

Expert faculty

Our professors are specialists in their fields. They teach from a perspective that allows students to apply what they learn directly to their ministry context.

Flexibility in content and delivery

Students can tailor their studies to their interests through our self-directed program. The cohort program also gives students a range of options for specialized study along with the opportunity to study with a program mentor.


The Doctor of Ministry will prepare you to be a transformational leader ready to make significant contributions to your church, your community, and our world.


Learn how to:

  • Serve your community and find innovative solutions to the pressing issues the church faces by engaging in useful social research
  • Change the way you do ministry through practical learning and tangible new skills
  • Integrate intellectual growth, personal and spiritual formation, character development, and leadership skills as you pursue follow God’s call on your life
  • Apply what you’re learning to your ministry context through mentorship by expert faculty who are specialists in their fields


The Doctor of Ministry is about increasing your effectiveness in your ministry context. The program is popular among:

  • Non-profit directors
  • Denominational executives
  • Mission organization leaders
  • Pastors and other church leaders
  • Non-governmental organizational leaders

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