D. Min. Support Services

As a university-based divinity school, Beeson offers students the opportunity to be involved in the larger community of a vibrant university. Divinity school students may fully participate in all Samford University activities including recreational facilities, concerts, theatrical productions, art exhibitions, lectures, recitals and sporting events.

Computer Labs

While students are on campus for seminars they have access to computer labs. The computer lab in the divinity school is open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Students in the D.Min. program may request that the lab stay open at other times also.  The word processing program used in the divinity school computer lab is Microsoft Word on Windows XP. Other programs are available in other computer labs on campus. 



D.Min. students also have full access to the Samford University Library, which has more than 1,000,000 research aides, including bound journals, books, maps, CD-ROMs, videos, and audiotapes, with substantial holdings in religion. Students may check out materials from the University Library at any time, whether they are on or away from campus.
A copy of every D.Min. dissertation published by Beeson students is held in the University Library. You may also download this document** that has all of the dissertations published between 1996-2002 crosslisted by year, author, title, topic, and library reference number.


The D.Min. degree program requires that students be on campus for seminars for a total of 10 weeks during the program. Students are responsible for the cost of their housing during the seminars, as well as making the appropriate arrangements. On-campus housing is normally available during the July terms, but not during the January terms. For assistance in making housing arrangements, contact the D.Min. office at (205) 726-2374. Samford University also provides a list of area hotels.

Turabian Style

The guideline for writing ministry praxis proposals and dissertations is A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (seventh edition) by Kate L. Turabian. A summary of the portions of Turabian relevant for writing dissertations will be distributed to students, and can be found in pdf form here.  Students should use this style guide for all of their academic work, unless an instructor specifically grants an exception for an assignment.

**This document is in PDF format which uses Adobe Acrobat. The Adobe Acrobat Reader is available as a free download. If you experience problems, please call User Support at 205-726-2662 or e-mail at support@samford.edu.