D. Min. Admissions

Prerequisites for Admission

  • Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from an accredited school
  • Grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Probationary admission is possible with a GPA of at least 2.75.
  • Must be currently engaged in vocational Christian ministry, with a minimum of three years full-time experience after the completion of the Master of Divinity degree

Admission Requirements

  • Application and non-refundable $50 application fee by check or money order (Please include your social security number on the memo line)
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended since high school  [Please note: Since individual institutions may not fulfill transcript requests immediately, transcript request should be placed at least several weeks before the admissions deadline.]
  • Current résumé
  • Ministry reflection paper (see Guidelines for Papers below)
  • Autobiographical essay (see Guidelines for Papers below)
  • Personal interview with a member of the D.Min. Committee and/or the D.Min. Director, Mark Searby. May be conducted by telephone for persons who live a great distance from the school.  To schedule an interview, please call (205)726-2374. [Please note: Interviews must be completed by the admissions deadline.  Please contact the D. Min. office at least several weeks before the deadline to schedule your appointment.]
  • Score of at least 550 on the TOEFL if English is your second language and your Master’s degree work was done in a language other than English
  • Recommendation forms completed by the following:
    • A minister who knows you well
    • A professor who knows you well
    • A layperson who is familiar with your ministry
    • A professional person who has observed your ministry
      NOTE: Applicants may either download the reference forms or contact the D.Min. Office and we will provide you with the necessary forms. The completed reference forms should be returned directly to the D.Min. Office. If you download the forms from the website, you are responsible for providing your references with return envelopes addressed directly to the D.Min. Office. 

 The deadline for admission each year is March 1 of that year. 

Admission Forms
Send completed Reference Forms to:
Admissions Office
Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229-2252
*[NOTE: These forms are in Adobe Acrobat format. The Adobe Acrobat Reader is available as a free download]

Guidelines for Papers

Ministry Reflection Paper


The admissions committee wishes to determine an applicant’s capacity to reflect theologically on a ministry issue; to articulate a biblical response to the ministry issue; and to express these things clearly in a written form.  Write a paper of 10-12 pages (not including your bibliography page), double-spaced, in which you reflect on one of the following ministry issues:  conflict, leadership, spiritual formation of church members, philosophy of ministry, the role of preaching in church health, or pastoral care in times of crisis.


The paper must include the following elements:
  1. Briefly describe this topic as you see it in today’s church culture.
  2. Provide  a biblical/theological foundation for addressing the topic, focusing on exegesis and exposition of specific biblical passages.
  3. Provide a personal application section for your current ministry context.
  4. Utilize a minimum of four commentaries and four biblical/theological sources.
  5. A minimum of ten sources must be cited in footnote references.
  6. The paper must be paginated.
  7. A bibliography is to be included in the paper.
  8. Please use Turabian format (A Manual for Writers, 7th ed.).

Note:  If you are more familiar with another style manual (e.g. APA),

you may use it.  Please note the manual you are using.


Autobiographical Essay

Write a paper of no more than seven typed, double-spaced pages in which you address these topics:

  1. Your conversion experience
  2. Your call to ministry
  3. Your ministry experience
  4. Your goals for personal and professional development in ministry.

When should I apply?

Beeson admits students to the D.Min. program annually. A limited number of persons (currently six) are admitted to each of three tracks: Specialization in Christian Preaching, Specialization in Spiritual Leadership, and General Studies. All application materials must be received by March 1.  However, applicants are encouraged to provide their materials earlier than the deadline.

Please keep in mind that before a residency starts, there are 3-4 months of preparatory readings and papers to be completed. The application process must be complete before the preparatory work can begin. 

How soon will I know if  I’ve been accepted?

Applicants are normally notified of admission in early April. After notification of admission, students must submit a $200 enrollment confirmation deposit (non-refundable) that is applied to the first semester's tuition. After the deposit is received, students will receive information regarding their first seminar, which is held in July.
To obtain more information about the D.Min. degree program or Beeson Divinity School, please contact the Beeson Admission Office at bdadmis@samford.edu. Please include your name and complete mailing address if you would like an information packet mailed to you. You may also call the admission office directly at (877)575-0595.

*[NOTE: The application is in Adobe Acrobat format. The Adobe Acrobat Reader is available as a free download. If you experience problems, please call or email our admission office.] 

Admissions Office  877-575-0595 . 205-726-2066 . bdadmis@samford.edu