Doctor of Educational Ministry

Purpose and Design

The Doctor of Educational Ministry (D.Ed.Min.) degree is an advanced theological degree and is the capstone professional degree program for individuals who hold the Master of Arts in Christian Education degree or its equivalent. The D.Ed.Min. is an academic degree that provides students who are engaged in ministerial leadership the opportunity to enhance and expand their biblical understanding and thinking concerning Christian Education in reference to the ministry of the church.

The curriculum of the D.Ed.Min. program maintains a commitment to applying Scripture in every area of ministry and to examine all ministry plans and methods through the lens of Scripture. As a non-residential program, students may remain in their ministries while completing the degree program. In order to maximize spiritual growth, learning, and ministry skills, students are encouraged to relate their seminars and their study into each component of their ministry practice. The D.Ed.Min. can be completed in three years of study. The program is designed with yearly seminars that are arranged into Fall, Winter, and Summer units, enabling entry into the program at each of these sub-terms.


For complete information on the Doctor of Educational Ministry program, please see the D.Ed.Min. Handbook for the current academic year or contact the Doctor of Educational Ministry Program Office at 817-923-1921 ext. 3519 or by email at

Program Information

Concentrations of Study

The D.Ed.Min. has been developed to advance and to strengthen local church ministry leadership. Three concentrations are available:

  • Biblical Counseling
  • Educational Leadership
  • Family Ministry

Program Overview

  • First year: Three 4-hour general seminars and one 2-hour reading seminar (14 Hours)
  • Second year: Three 4-hour concentration seminars and one 2-hour reading seminar specific to the concentration, as well as the Research and Project Methodology seminar (14 Hours)
  • Third year: Professional Dissertation (8 Hours)
  • Fourth year: Professional Dissertation (if needed)

First Year Core Classes (14 Hours):

  • Research and Writing in Christian Education – DEDMN 6404

This seminar equips the professional doctoral student with skills in research and writing that corresponds to a higher level of academic rigor. The student will be trained in appropriate proficiencies in academic writing, as well as competencies in biblical and ministry research, through assignments related to issues and challenges in Christian education in the local church.  (4 Hours)

  • Theology and Practice of Biblical Disciple-Making – DEDMN 6414

This seminar explores the process of biblical disciple-making from a personal and corporate perspective. Students will critically evaluate their own Christian formation in accordance with God’s Word, and apply the truth of Scripture to the strategic and intentional development of authentic disciples in the local church.  (4 Hours)

  • Biblical Models for Christian Education – DEDMN 6424

This seminar will examine biblical models for “teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.” Practical application will be gleaned from an investigation of the teaching methods of Jesus and from other passages of Scripture.  (4 Hours)

  • Reading Seminar I – DEDMN 6432

This seminar will provide each student the opportunity to engage various texts related to the field of Christian Education.  (2 Hours)

Second Year Courses (14 hours):

  • Reading Seminar II – DEDMN 6442

This seminar will provide each student the opportunity to engage various texts related to the field of Christian Education and the particular majors pursued in the study. (2 Hours)

  • Research Project and Methodology – DEDMN 6930 (Taken online during the summer of second year seminars.)

Students will examine the purpose and design of educational research and its use and evaluation for ministry purposes.  It is designed to involve participants in actually doing educational research and analyzing the findings in preparation for developing and writing a prospectus.  Each student will discover ways in which research can be used to improve educational ministry. The development of a prospectus for the project will be the goal for this seminar.  (0 Hours)

  1. Biblical Counseling Concentration
  • Theoretical and Foundational Factors in Counseling Ministry – DEDMN 6154

This seminar will provide an opportunity for examination of the theoretical and foundational components of counseling with a specific focus on the relevance of that process to the practice of counseling in the ministry setting.  In addition, an examination of the biblical and theological basis and nature of biblical counseling will be required. Attention will be given to a biblical critique of contemporary methodologies.  (4 Hours)

  • Counseling Methodology: Historical and Contemporary – DEDMN 6254

This seminar will provide an opportunity for the student to study and evaluate the history of biblical counseling. Within this context the student will study and evaluate various contemporary counseling practices with attention to the underlying philosophies which provide guidance for those ministries.  (4 Hours)

  • Practical Application and Strategies in Biblical Counseling – DEDMN 6354

This is an advanced seminar leading to an understanding of the practice and relevant strategies necessary for an effective biblical counseling ministry. The student will be challenged to continue to formalize a theological/philosophical statement leading to strategic application in a local ministry setting.  (4 Hours)

  1. Educational Leadership Concentration
  • Organizational Leadership in the Local Church – DEDMN 6604

This seminar will engage a study of the Bible and what it says concerning organization and leadership. Based upon that study students will critically evaluate emerging leadership and organizational theories and evaluate their use within a biblical context. Each student will develop a biblical leadership model.  (4 Hours)

  • Theological Development of Christian Education Leaders – DEDMN 6614

The student will conduct a study of the Scriptures with the intent of proving a foundation for the ministry of Christian education leaders. A fundamental understanding of biblical anthropology will be incorporated into the study.  (4 Hours)

  • Biblical Response to Issues in Leadership – DEDMN 6624

The seminar will engage the Scriptures thoroughly toward developing biblical responses to current issues in leadership.  (4 Hours)

  1. Family Ministry Concentration
  • Theological Foundations for Family Ministry – DEDMN 6504

The student will engage a study of the Old and New Testaments, their content, and their theology as they provide foundation for the ministry to families. Particular emphasis will be placed on an understanding of biblical anthropology.  (4 Hours)

  • Family Ministry Models and Practice – DEDMN 6514

In this seminar the student will research the role of family ministry in the local church, including biblical foundations, the use of Scripture, and strategies for implementing and maintaining a family ministry program in the church.  (4 Hours)

  • Biblical Response to Issues in Family Ministry – DEDMN 6524

The student will conduct a study of biblical definitions of family and of local church as foundational to family ministry. Application of the study will be applied to family ministry in the local church and its families. Research will be conducted related to specific areas of ministry that are particular to the family.  (4 Hours)

Third Year Professional Dissertation (8 hours):

  • Professional Dissertation – DEDMN 6998

Degree Total: 36 hours


Application Process

The Office of Admissions at Southwestern Seminary will receive applications for general admission year-round. Complete the general seminary application at

The D.Ed.Min Office reviews program specific applications year round. D.Ed.Min. program applications should be completed in conjunction with the general seminary application. D.Ed.Min. applications are due the first Monday in August, November, and March in order to enroll for the next seminar. Seminars are offered in October, January, and May. New D.Ed.Min. students may begin the program at the beginning of any of the three annual seminars. For information on admission to the D.Ed.Min., please contact the Doctor of Educational Ministry Program Office at 817-923-1921, ext. 3519 or by email at

Application Requirements

Applicants must have completed an M.A.R.E., M.A.C.E., or M.A. in Biblical Counseling degree or its equivalent from an Association of Theological Schools (ATS) approved school. The doctoral studies office will determine if leveling work needs to be completed to meet this requirement before application can be made to the program. Any unapproved degree from another program must be evaluated to determine equivalency. All previously completed leveling courses must have a grade of "B" or higher to be considered.

Applicants to the program must have earned an overall 3.0 minimum grade point average (GPA) on the master’s degree with a 3.3 in Education. GPA is based on a four-point scale. Once in the program, a student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. Failure to do so will result in academic probation.

Vocational Ministry

Applicants must have a minimum three years of experience in educational ministry following the awarding of an Association of Theological Schools (ATS) approved master’s degree before applying to the program. If leveling is required for a non-ATS approved degree, the experience requirement begins after the leveling is completed. In addition, it is expected that applicants will be involved in vocational Christian educational ministry during the time they are enrolled in the degree.

All D.Ed.Min. students are encouraged to be involved in full-time vocational Christian ministry during the time they are enrolled in the degree program. International students attending seminars on a visa status must maintain adequate vocational employment in a church/ministry setting as determined by the Associate Dean during the tenure of the degree program.

Application Materials

Contact the D.Ed.Min. Office to receive a D.Ed.Min. application by calling 817-923-1921 ext. 3519 or via email at Complete the application form and return it to the D.Ed.Min. Office.

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Applicants must submit a current resume in addition to a church/ministry endorsement and job description. This is a statement from the applicant's church affirming the applicant's continued studies. A list of the applicant's job responsibilities and ministry service should be included in the job description.

Official copies of graduate level transcripts are required for review. Applicants are responsible for having their graduate school(s) send copies to the Office of Admissions. Send transcripts to the Admissions Office at:

Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 22740
Fort Worth, TX 76122

Applicants must submit three references from persons familiar with the applicant’s ministry work using the forms provided by the D.Ed.Min. Office. At least one of the references should be from a person who has had a supervisory role in the applicant’s ministry. References should include persons who have known the candidate more than a year.

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Applicants must submit a personal essay of approximately 6 - 8 pages in length (double spaced), which describes the applicant’s major life events including conversion, call to ministry, and call to doctoral work. The applicant shall include his or her understanding of their spiritual pilgrimage including times of struggle and growth. The second part of the essay will focus on growth areas achieved during the three years after receiving the master’s degree and the candidate’s goals for entering the program. This paper shall be written using the informal (first person) perspective.

Applicants must electronically submit a graduate level research paper of approximately 12 - 15 pages in length (double-spaced). The student is to submit a research paper in which an argument is made and a research question is pursued. Applicants should not send papers that are in outline or bullet form. The research paper must show evidence of the applicant’s ability to do research. The research paper should be written in the approved style of the student’s graduate school (Turabian, APA, Chicago, MLA, or The Southwestern Seminary Manual of Style).

The Research Paper will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ability to do research and analysis on a graduate level;
  • Ability to interact with scholarly literature;
  • Ability to develop, prove, and articulate a clear thesis statement.

Please note: The paper can be a result of a previous master's level assignment. However, it should be revised, edited, and conformed to the latest edition of the Southwestern Seminary Manual of Style or the style required by the institution last attended.

International Students

For admission, all international applicants whose first language is not English will be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum score for the internet- based test is 100. A candidate with a score of 91 or above will be considered for entrance under a probation status. The TOEFL must have been taken within three years of the date application is made. If other English deficiencies are discovered, proficiency courses or an interview may be required. An applicant whose master’s degree is from an institution of higher learning in the United States is not required to take the TOEFL.

Applicants from outside the United States must meet US Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) regulations to study at Southwestern Seminary in any program. Any approval of the applicant’s admission to the D.Ed.Min. program is contingent upon the applicant maintaining proper visa status. The International Student Services office communicates regularly with the D.Ed.Min. program to assure that all INS regulations are followed.

Please note that all international students who are studying at Southwestern Seminary under an F-1 Visa status will be required to complete Ministry Practicum Seminars for each year. These Ministry Practicum Seminars are designed to facilitate one’s growth as a minister and enable one to develop greater ministry skills which can be utilized both now and upon one’s return to their country of origin.


All application materials must be submitted to the Doctor of Educational Ministry Office:

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Attn: D.Ed.Min.
P.O. Box 22248,
Fort Worth, TX 76122

Applicants may use the application checklist as a personal guide for their application progress. The application materials are as follows:

  • Applicants must submit the D.Ed.Min. application form.
  • Applicants must submit a current resume; including information supporting the applicants’ ministry experience.
  • Applicants must submit a church/organization endorsement on official letterhead, with an outlined job description, signed by their supervisor.
  • Applicants must submit official transcript(s) for all master’s degree course work to be considered for equivalency. If an applicant’s graduate degree was obtained from a non-ATS approved institution, the applicant must submit course descriptions of completed courses to be considered for equivalency with the M.A.C.E., M.A.R.E., or M.A. in Biblical Counseling. Applicants may be required to complete additional courses in order to meet equivalency requirements. For non-ATS approved degrees, experience begins after the leveling is complete.
  • Applicants must submit three D.Ed.Min. reference forms from persons familiar with the applicant’s ministry work. At least one of the references should be from a person who has had a supervisory role in the applicant’s ministry.
  • Applicants must submit a 6 - 8 page personal essay paper, written in first person.
  • Applicants must electronically submit a Research Paper according to guidelines established by their graduate school. The Research Paper will be a minimum of 12 pages in length (Times New Roman 12). Papers will be evaluated for content, grammar, integration of materials, form and style, and the student's qualifications for Doctor of Educational Ministry studies.
  • International applicants whose first language is not English should take the TOEFL and have the score sent to the D.Ed.Min. Office.
  • Applicants whose bachelor’s and/or master’s degree was obtained outside of the United States should be aware that their transcripts are subject to evaluation prior to general application by the World Education Services (WES), Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087 (phone 900-937-3895).


“The program tuition cost for Southern Baptists is $9,300 plus an initial program fee. The program tuition cost for non-Southern Baptist students is $12,300 in addition to an initial program fee.

The Program Cost(s) are broken down in the following manner:

D.Ed.Min. students (both Southern Baptist and non-Southern Baptist) will be charged an initial fee of $1,200 due by July 1.

Years 1-3 - $3,100 per year paid in its entirety by July 1 or divided into twelve monthly payments. Note: monthly payments are processed through a payment plan. Additional information is available through the Southwestern Business Office.

Non-SBC students will be charged a yearly payment of $4,100.

If a D.Ed.Min. student's program exceeds three years, there is no charge for year 4. However, an additional extension fee of $1,100 per year will be charged to the student for year 5 and every year thereafter. Please note that a student's program may not exceed six years in total.

Financial assistance is not available through the D.Ed.Min. Office. Applications for financial assistance may be made through the Student Financial Aid Office of the seminary.

All fees and dates are provisional and may be subject to change by the administrative offices of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.


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