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Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology

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


First Year:
• ORI-601 Orientation (September)
• COL-602 Colloquium I – The Participant: A Self Study (January)
• CON-606 DMIN Consultation (January)
• Elective
• COL-603 Colloquium II– Foundations of Ministry (July)
• CON-607 DMIN Consultation (July)
• Elective

Second Year:
• COL-604 Colloquium III – Research and Writing (January)
• CON-608 DMIN Consultation I (January)
• Elective
• COL-605 Colloquium IV - Leadership Praxis (July)
• CON-609 DMIN Consultation I (July)

Third Year:
• DIS-608 Project/Document (January)
• CON-610 DMIN Consultation (January)

The total academic program requires completion of 55-quarter hours of study, which includes 3 elective courses to be approved by the Advisor. Project Document defenses are held during March of each year. Students must successfully defend the document to participate in the graduation ceremony.


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.

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The DMIN Admission process for the 2012-13 academic year is now CLOSED.   If you submitted a completed application packet by the April 30th deadline, you will receive and Admission decision, by mail, the week of May 21 -25th, 2012.  We will begin to process applications for the 2013-14 academic year on January 1, 2013.

>Click Here for Admission Requirements
>Click Here for the Application.

For questions about the Doctor of Ministry Program, 804-354-5920 or email