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Doctor of Ministry (D.Min)

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  • Biblical interpretation and theological reflection
  • Conflict mediation and reconciliation
  • Ministry research and analysis
  • Communication and spiritual guidance
  • Ministry leadership and mentorship
  • Professional ethics


The Doctor of Ministry degree is designed to equip ministry leaders with advanced theological, theoretical, and practical knowledge needed to provide executive level leadership in their specific ministry settings. Graduates can become “ministry mentors” who are proficient in articulating practical theological perspectives, analyzing, and describing problems and opportunities in their setting, and using research to develop and implement solutions and initiatives that reflect knowledge of best practices.

Goal 1: Students demonstrate reflective practice by integrating theological reflection with the practice of ministry and articulating it for the benefit of others.

  • ​Objective 1.1: Students articulate the biblical foundation for the practices of ministry related to their specific callings.
  • Objective 1.2: Students address the theological issues generated by the practice of ministry.
  • Objective 1.3: Students are equipped to teach and mentor emerging leaders within their field of ministry.

Goal 2: Students engage practices of personal and spiritual growth that promote longevity in ministry.

  • Objective 2.1: Students demonstrate mature understanding of their unique skills and gifts, strengths, and weaknesses.
  • Objective 2.2: Students articulate the ethical standards of ministry leaders in their settings.
  • Objective 2.3: Students model sustaining personal and spiritual practices.
  • Objective 2.4: Students articulate a sustainable professional career trajectory.

Goal 3: Students practice ministry skills required by advanced levels of leadership and responsibility.

  • Objective 3.1: Students practice the skills of effective conflict mediation and reconciliation.
  • Objective 3.2: Students demonstrate an advanced level of leadership in individual, small group, and large group/organizational settings appropriate to their calling.
  • Objective 3.3: Students identify and address challenges and opportunities in their ministry settings.

Goal 4: Students utilize research in ministry and analysis of information to guide decision-making and problem-solving.

  • Objective 4.1: Students conduct research using digital and print resources and locate resources that inform analysis and decision making for their ministries.
  • Objective 4.2: Students develop a ministry initiative that addresses a specific need or opportunity in their ministry settings.

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South College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the doctorate, educational specialist, master’s, baccalaureate, and associate levels, as well as certificates. Questions about the accreditation of South College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (



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Adam Hatcher

I went to college originally straight out of high school with the intent of majoring in musical performance with a concentration in theoretical studies. I was not prepared to for college at that point, so I decided to gain some experience and maturity by joining the work force full-time. After working for 10 years, I felt it was time to try school again.

- Adam Hatcher, Bachelor of Business Administration
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I considered dozens of schools with similar online programs, but South College was just so proactive and more helpful than the others. It was stress-free for me to enroll and get started. Also, being a military-friendly institution made it easier for me to use my Post 9/11* GI Bill® benefits with the Yellow Ribbon Program.
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I really enjoy that most classes are not straight reading from a book, listening to PowerPoint presentations, taking a test and then moving to the next chapter. The instructors take the time to have class discussions and incorporate real world examples. To me, this makes the material more interesting and puts what I am learning into a better perspective.

- Samantha Williams, Master of Business Administration
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