Doctor of Ministry
The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced professional degree designed to prepare religious leaders for specialized ministerial practice as leaders and teachers in church, synagogue, mosque, hospital, shelter, clinic and other faith-based or social-service organizations. The Doctor of Ministry provides opportunity:
- for formalized, focused study of an issue in ministry that is of personal interest to the student
- for immersion in the disciplines of strategic pastoral theology and various social science research methods
- to contribute to the broader field of ministry as a whole.
The three-year program includes ten courses (four required intensive classes and six electives) and a ministry project that culminates in the Professional Paper—an article-length essay of publishable quality that contributes to the development of the practice of ministry in communities of faith and the wider world.
This program is designed to enhance the capacity of students:
- to engage in contextual theology through critical reflection on ministerial practice
- to design and evaluate fresh approaches to ministry
- to communicate the significant insights that they gain to their peers in the profession.
For Doctor of Ministry students seeking to integrate ministerial practice with another formalized discipline, CTS offers the option for students to engage in advanced study at neighboring institutions which partner with CTS to support two specialized tracks within the D.Min. The first track is in Clinical Pastoral Education and provides preparation in the area of hospital chaplaincy, fulfilling a required step for those seeking to become a CPE supervisor. The second provides opportunity to link the religious and the spiritual dimensions of human life with therapeutic processes, especially those of self-psychology, through the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago (CRPC). Importantly, the CRPC track, allows those D.Min. students who wish to pursue state licensure in counseling to strengthen their preparation in ways that have not previously been possible. In each of these cooperative tracks, the student completes the program requirements of the partner institution and a portion of that work applies to the fulfillment of the CTS D.Min. degree requirements as described above.