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Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry program at Virginia Union University School of Theology focuses on personal and cultural realism in ministry; therefore, the program is generally described as Ministry in Cultural Context. It recognizes the unique and special contributions that each cultural context provides for the church at large. Moreover, there is the recognition that persons are best prepared to serve the world when there is an awareness of the particulars of one's own culture. The ultimate goal is to prepare the laity to understand and to embody their unique gifts as persons and groups, in order to share those gifts in a pluralistic society.
Because the nature of the program relates so closely to the constituency of the church or ministry context, the applicant should be able to demonstrate the position of his or her engagement with the church/context for the period of the program.

The Doctor of Ministry school year is divided into two terms – Fall and Spring. Students are only expected to be on campus for the new student orientation and each colloquium. Colloquiums are held for two consecutive weeks every January and July.  

Doctor of Ministry Handbook


• TO EMPOWER the professional minister for the task of enhancing the spiritual growth, wholeness and leadership skills of the laity with whom they serve.
• TO EQUIP the minister with leadership skills that will help him/her to enable others to better serve. Particular attention is given to the impact of cultural contexts on the styles and methods of ministry.
• TO ENHANCE communication - writing and speaking skills. Students will apply these skills to their various cultural traditions and empower new contributions concerning the understanding of ministry, which are worthy of sharing in and between various groups that constitute the church at large.
• TO ESTABLISH models for addressing unique needs within and between ethnic and cultural groups as congregations and constituencies. Such models become the (Project Document) of each candidate. Participation in the group process is mandatory and familiarizes all members of the cohorts with the unique contribution of each participant


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The type of funding a student is eligible to receive depends on several factors. Review current cost here, Doctor of Ministry Tuition.  If you have questions regarding financial aid please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Financial Aid at (804) 354-5924.   

The type of funding a student is eligible to receive depends on several factors. If you have questions regarding financial aid please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Financial Aid at (804) 354-5924.


The Doctor of Ministry admissions process is always open; however admission to the program occurs only once per academic year with a start date of July 1st. The Doctoral Admission Committee reviews completed files twice per academic year; the application deadline for early consideration is January 15th and the deadline for regular admission is April 1st. Early consideration applicants are notified by letter of their admission decision in mid-February and Regular admission applicants are notified by letter in mid-May. All accepted applicants will begin their semester on July 1st of the applied academic year.

All application submissions must be submitted by the above deadlines for admission consideration; INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED. Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance as space in the program is limited.

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