Doctor of Ministry

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

For leaders who are ready to go deeper.

Why Earn a Doctor of Ministry Degree through Capital?

A Transformative Degree.

Our Doctor of Ministry will do much more than simply adding two letters to the beginning of your name – it will transform the way you do ministry.

If you’re looking for a life-changing education that promotes empirical research, creative reflection and practical application to ministry, this is the program for you. Taught through the lens of scripture and focused on equipping ministers with the tools they need to think critically about the living out scripture and ministry, this DMin degree will empower you to lead in a whole new way.

What Makes our Program Different?

Designed for students who have already earned their Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree, this program is well-suited for pastors, missionaries, para-church ministry leaders, teachers, and other Christian leaders looking for a way to heighten their professional development. Other benefits include:

  • Doesn’t require full-time residency, allowing students to remain active in their ministries or vocations.
  • Courses are delivered in a unique, blended learning model that combines online and face-to-face classes – and only requires 18 days of residency for the entire program!
  • Earn your degree in as little as two years, focusing on coursework in year one and your applied research in year two.
  • Choose from multiple concentrations.

Concentration Offered:

  • Strategic Leadership – Equips ministry leaders to navigate the complex landscape of organizational leadership.

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Your Journey

Program Credits: 34

Average Completion Time: Students can finish our DMin in as little as 2 years.

Program Cost: $20,740 includes tuition and fees. Books and travel expenses related to attending residence weeks are not included.

Application Deadline: July 15

Capstone Requirement: Applied Research Dissertation


  • Each cohort has 3 residence experiences. Locations vary and are determined for each cohort prior to the program start. The third residence always takes place at the Lancaster campus.

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“Crafting spiritually formed ministry leaders for an interconnected world.”

In This Program Students Will…

  • Gain the ability to think and execute skillfully in a selected field of ministry study.
  • Gain skills in contextualized ministry leadership.
  • Gain skills in doing applied research for the purpose of increased ministry effectiveness.

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Curriculum Plan

DMin|Formational Leadership (34 Credits)
Adv. Ministry Concentration Seminars:16 Credits
Applied Seminars:8 Credits
Research Design and Reporting:10 Credit

Hear from a Student: Doctor of Ministry

“Capital really understands how to integrate your study with people who are doing ministry in a high-paced and intensive environment. The combination of being part of a cohort, studying online and doing some intensives together is a really good balance. They really cracked the code in helping to integrate your study and the work with the ministry you are doing daily.”

– Pastor Darren Whitehead ’18, Church of the City, Nashville

Meet the Faculty

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Wayne Cordeiro

Cohort Mentor, DMin Formational Leadership

“Our gifts will take us only as far as our CHARACTER will take us.” — Dr. Cordeiro

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Krish Kandiah

Adjunct Faculty

“I love the opportunity to help leaders to accelerate their effectiveness for the kingdom of God by sharpening their academic skills, deepening their theological understanding and making friends with other Christian ministry leaders.” – Dr. Kandiah

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Rick Rhoads, D.Min.

Professor, Chair of Church & Ministry Leadership Dept. and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

“Who we are and how we live together is what we teach.” — Dr. Rhoads

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John Wheatley, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

“It is an honor to be a co-laborer in the unique ministry of chaplaincy!” — Dr. Wheatley

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