"Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we will not give up." Galatians 6:9




The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree is an interdisciplinary advanced degree designed to enhance the practice of ministry in urban multicultural settings.



Through this program students will become acquainted with a wealth of culturally-relevant resources and with professors from the academy and the church who teach primarily for the American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW) and Graduate Theological Union (GTU).

The successful student will acquire the skills necessary to integrate theory and praxis essential for effective transformational leadership in the twenty-first century. Furthermore, participants are placed in cohort groups that foster and maintain collegiality.





DMin students develop expertise in areas such as:
  • Prophetic Preaching
  • Urban Ministry
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Social Justice and Action
  • Multicultural Ministries … and more




Within the first two years, D.Min. students will be required to take the following courses: 

Methods Course:

  • Seminar: Critical Interpretation & Project Development I       3 units 
  • Seminar: Critical Interpretation & Project Development II      3 units 

Leadership in Urban Communities       3 units

Advanced Electives                          15 units
  (based on student’s specialization) 

Total Course Requirements          
 24 units 

The program will culminate in the third year with the writing and oral defense of a dissertation. 

Dissertation                                       6 units 


Total Degree Requirements           30 units

The DMin is a flexible non-resident program. Courses are taught in one-week intensives, typically offered in January and June. Additionally, students have access to the rich resources available throughout the academic year at ABSW and its partner institutions.

The D.Min. typically requires no less than three years or more than six years for completion.

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This DMin program is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada.