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Doctor of Ministry
The Doctor of Ministry degree is offered through a joint program with Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Students receive their degree from Trinity, but they have the benefit of working with faculty from both schools. This degree seeks to provide the church with transformative leaders equipped with advanced skills for critically and theologically engaging issues and their contexts in ways that contribute to vital faith communities and institutions.
The Doctor of Ministry degree program is a flexible cohort-based, ecumenically-focused degree, designed with the student in mind:
The degree is designed to:
*Exceptions may be granted for schools with regional accreditation
If you answer “yes” to all of these questions, proceed to application!
Doctor of Ministry Application (PDF)Doctor of Ministry Reference Form (PDF)Doctor of Ministry Student Handbook (PDF)
Application involves completion of the application form and submission of a $50 non-refundable application fee.
Students applying for admission to the Doctor of Ministry degree program should normally have at least a 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) in all of their graduate work. Students with less than a 3.0 may apply to the program with the understanding that their application will be evaluated by the entire D.Min. Committee and the Academic Dean. Additional materials may be required of applicants in this situation. MTSO and TLS will not consider D.Min. applicants whose graduate GPA is lower than 2.7 cumulative. Students who took their academic work in a Pass/Fail system should provide letters of reference from professors testifying that their performance is rated at A or B level coursework.
Applicants must give evidence of their ability to undertake advanced professional study by:
New cohorts of 5-15 students begin each July. Application due date for July matriculation is April 20. Courses run the last week of July/first week of August and one week in January.
Students should apply by April 20 for July matriculation. The Institution to which the applicant applies will be the school from which the applicant graduates.
The tuition charge will be reviewed annually and also is subject to change. Costs such as books, course materials, travel, housing and meals are not covered by tuition.
MTSO and TLS do not provide direct financial aid for D.Min. students but may advise students on the pursuit of funding from various sources. Students are encouraged to pursue continuing education funds, grants or support from local congregations.
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Methodist Theological School in Ohio
3081 Columbus Pike
Delaware, Ohio 43015