Doctor of Ministry

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The Doctor of Ministry degree is a professional degree designed to advance the general practice of ministry, directed toward a particular specialization. With this degree you will be an authority in your chosen area of concentration. The work done to satisfy the requirements for the degree will be original and of high quality.

Concentrations include:

  • Pastoral Care and Counseling (Fall 2015)
    This concentration is offered in partnership with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Pastoral Care Department (RWJUH). Candidates will learn strategies to strengthen their competence in counseling as leaders of religious organizations, congregations, and institutions. Questions regarding the program may be directed to Dr. Raynard Smith, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling (

  • Congregational and Community Renewal (Fall 2015)
    This concentration is offered in partnership with Capital Region Theological Center (CRTC). Candidates will learn leadership strategies necessary to address changing dynamics of ministry in a context of diminishing resources and increasing demands. Courses will focus on theology, trends, worship and preaching, and ethnographic research in congregational and church renewal. Questions regarding the program may be directed to Dr. Allan Janssen (, Assistant Professor of Theology

  • Prison, Public Policy & Transformative Justice (No new registrants for 2015)
    This concentration is offered in partnership with the Program for Religion in Prisons (PREP) and Schools for Alternative Learning and Transformation (SALT). Candidates will learn to lead congregations and communities in nonviolent direct action that will challenge and change the "cradle to prison pipeline." Questions regarding the program may be directed to Dr. Warren Dennis (, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program & Dirck Romeyn Professor of Metro-Urban Ministry.

  • Urban Ministry (No new registrants for 2015)
    In the broadest sense, "urban ministry" refers to a theological understanding of the life and work of the church in urban communities. While the degree is not a traditional research- oriented doctorate, it does involve disciplined learning, research, reflection and engagement over a period of three years. A unique feature of the Doctor of Ministry is its collaborative pedagogy with Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Urban Policy and Planning and Public Health. This collaboration in ministry and planning is a covenant relationship between the seminary, the candidate, the candidate’s congregation, and other persons, institutions and agencies in the ministry context.

  • This degree consists of two years of regular course work that culminates in the preparation of a final document/project in the third year.
  • The coursework is centered around three, one week intensives each year.
  • Payment plans and financial aid are available to those who qualify.

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