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Doctor of Ministry

Are you ready to elevate your ministry impact and leadership skills? Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University has a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program that may be for you. A structured online doctoral journey, it’s specifically designed for ministry professionals committed to deepening their expertise while actively serving in their current roles. This program, spanning 48 months and encompassing 17 dynamic courses, offers unparalleled flexibility and depth, allowing you to tailor your doctoral studies to align precisely with your specific interests and the context of your ministry.

At the heart of the DMin program is a commitment to crafting a learning experience that not only enriches your theological and biblical foundation but also hones your practical skills in ministry leadership. By melding rigorous academic studies in biblical texts, church history, and theology with practical insights into spiritual development and ministry practices, the program ensures a holistic approach to doctoral-level ministry education. This balance is designed to nurture not only your intellectual growth but also your spiritual and practical competencies, enabling you to enhance your ministry's impact in real-world settings.

What Will I Learn in this Doctor of Ministry Program?

Wesley Seminary understands the importance of continuing in your current ministry role while pursuing advanced education. Therefore, the Doctor of Ministry program is offered entirely online, providing you with the flexibility to integrate your studies seamlessly into your ongoing ministry commitments. This approach allows you to apply what you learn directly to your ministry context, enriching your service and leadership with cutting-edge theological insights and practical strategies. 

The DMin program stands out for its customizable nature, empowering you to design a course of study that resonates with your ministry aspirations and challenges. Whether you are seeking to explore new theological territories, deepen your understanding of spiritual formation, or innovate in ministry practices, this program offers the academic rigor and practical relevance needed to

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

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Tuition & Aid

32 Credit Hours


$714/ Credit Hour

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans’ benefits, and employer reimbursement.

Financial AidTuition Info

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing
What You'll Study

Coursework for your DMin degree covers:

  • Advanced theological frameworks and how to apply them in practical ministry settings
  • In-depth biblical studies to deepen understanding of Scripture and its application to contemporary issues
  • Historical perspectives on church growth, development, and the impact of church history on modern ministry
  • Strategies for spiritual formation and leadership development within ministry contexts
  • Practical ministry skills, including preaching, teaching, counseling, and administration
  • Research methods and project design tailored to conducting significant ministry-related research projects


Alumni Profile

Aaron Gross

Class of 2022

"Wesley Seminary's Doctoral Program was a life-changing experience! It has opened doors for ministry that would never have happened any other way. Thank you, Wesley, for preparing me to raise up another generation of Ministry Leaders!"

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Program Requirements
  • An accredited Master of Divinity degree with at least a 3.0 GPA. In exceptional cases, students without an accredited Master of Divinity will be evaluated for admission based on the DMin admission requirements as defined by the Association of Theological Schools in Standard 5.5 and the DMin Application Evaluation Worksheet.
  • Students may be conditionally admitted to the DMin, with the understanding that they must satisfactorily address academic gaps as defined by the DMin Application Evaluation Worksheet before beginning their doctoral coursework.
  • At least three years of ministry experience after completing a ministry related master’s degree.
  • For students whose first language is not English and have not earned a Bachelor degree taught in English in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada, the TOEFL is required. Students must receive at least a score of 95, or a score of 7.0 on the IELTS for regular academic admission.
  • Official graduate transcripts
  • Ministry Resume
  • Three completed recommendation forms (one pastoral, one academic and one from a lay person who has been under your ministry)
  • Spiritual Journey Essay, which must include: Relate your spiritual journey, noting how God has and is forming you (500 – 1,000 words), Describe your present ministry context, noting your (1) strengths (2) challenges, (3) areas of interest, (4) and goals (500-1,000 words), Articulate why you are pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree at this point in your ministerial journey (250-500 words)
  • A research artifact showing critical engagement with scholarly sources, and your ability to engage in critical thinking and original thought. Examples: articles written for juried publication, prior graduate level coursework, book reviews, articles written for denominational website or publications with academic research, written documents created for submission to denomination, district, or local church board analyzing a ministry and creating plans for future changes. If you do not have one available, please create one using one of the options above.
  • Successful completion of 32 hours of coursework with at least 3.00 GPA
  • A minimum grade "B-" in each course.
  • Successful oral defense of a submitted project.
  • All requirements for the degree must be completed within seven years of enrollment in the DMin.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

Wesley Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools and is approved to offer the following degrees: Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Practical Theology, Master of Divinity, and the Doctor of Ministry.