Doctor of Ministry Requirements


  • A Master of Divinity degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution.
  • An official transcript of the M.Div. (or its equivalent) program, with a 3.0 grade point average or above.
  • At least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).*
  • Evidence of at least three years of experience in a ministry setting (a congregation or agency).
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one that expresses support and participation in the doctoral program from your official board or other ministry context, and one from a colleague who is familiar with your work.
  • A critical essay. See Doctor of Ministry application for questions in response to the essay
  • Demonstrated capacity or potential for both an advanced level of academic research and writing.
  • Competence in the practice of ministry.
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • A $25 non-refundable Criminal Background Check fee.
  • A completed Criminal Background Check Release Form.

    *Questions may be directed to the Office of Admissions at admissions@nbts.edu or 732-247-5241.

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