D.Min. FAQ

Is Beeson a Baptist seminary?

Beeson is not a Baptist seminary, although we have many Baptist students. BDS is an interdenominational school located on the campus of a Baptist-supported university – Samford University. Learn more about Beeson.

How often are D. Min. students required to be on the campus of Samford University?

A total of 10 weeks is spent in on-campus seminars. These seminars take place twice a year for two weeks every January and July for a little over two years.

Are there special tracks of study in the program?

Beeson Divinity School offers three tracks of study within the D.Min. Program: the General Studies Track, the Specialization in Christian Preaching, and the Specialization in Spiritual Leadership. See Program Design for more information on each of these special tracks of study.

What are my chances for admission if my M.Div. grade point average (GPA) does not meet your minimum requirements?

In the admission process, the D.Min. Committee takes into consideration all aspects of an applicant’s file. While the minimum requirement for graduate work is a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, probationary admission is possible with a GPA of at least 2.75.

What is the tuition for the D.Min. program?

The current program charge for the 2015-2016 academic year is $398 per credit hour, and is subject to revision in the future.

Is there any financial assistance available?

Student loans are available through the university’s Office of Financial Aid, but no scholarships are given.

For what other expenses, besides tuition, am I liable during my course of study?

Students are responsible for their own travel to and from the university for the on-campus seminars, all meals and lodging during the seminars, and textbooks and materials for each course. There is a $350 fee for proofreading of the dissertation by a Beeson-approved proofreader. Samford University charges all registered students a technology fee each semester. Rates for the technology fee are found here.

What denominations are currently represented in the student body?

Students from the following denominations are actively involved in pursuing their D.Min. degree at Beeson: Anglican, African Methodist Episcopal, Assembly of God, Christian Church (DOC), Conservative Congregational, Church of God, Free Will Baptist, Missionary Baptist, Nondenominational, Presbyterian (PCUSA), Southern Baptist and United Methodist.

Is there a testing requirement for application to Beeson's D.Min. program?


What is the Doctor of Ministry degree? And how does it differ from other doctoral-level degree programs?

The D.Min. is a professional doctoral degree, meaning that it is designed to enhance the practice of a particular discipline – in this case, Christian ministry. The D.Min. is not a research doctoral degree, like the Ph.D. Research doctorates are designed to equip persons for original research, writing, and teaching in a particular discipline. While the D.Min. involves research in its own right, the desired outcome is greater insight into the nature and purposes of ministry, for the improvement of its practice.

What are some distinctives of Doctor of Ministry education?

  • Collegiality – The rapport of ministers coming together around a common study for common goals is a tremendous blessing of the D.Min. experience.
  • Field-based curriculum – The needs and opportunities of the minister and his or her place of ministry are very much in view in the curriculum design.
  • Ministry orientation – Religious studies in the abstract, this is not. D.Min. studies are immediately relevant and applicable to your present ministry needs.
  • Personal formation – A goal and emphasis of D.Min. studies is the ongoing formation of the minister. Personal and spiritual issues are equally as important as new knowledge and skills.
  • Flexibility – Remaining in full-time ministry service while pursuing your degree is something that only a professional doctoral degree, like the D.Min., can allow you to do.

Is the D.Min. degree for everybody?

Doctor of Ministry studies is not continuing education for ministry in the traditional sense. The degree is reserved for those who have demonstrated a capacity for excellence in the practice of ministry. It is a demanding program, requiring great personal initiative, investment, and discipline. For those persons who aspire to greater competency in ministry, who will take up the challenge of rigorous study and personal growth, the D.Min. degree is a proven method for advancement.