Doctor of Educational Ministry

Purpose and Design

The Doctor of Educational Ministry degree is an advanced theological degree and is the capstone professional degree program for individuals who hold the Master of 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 by Scripture. 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 broken down into Fall, Spring, or Summer units that make starting in any of those sub-terms possible.

Application

The Southwestern Seminary Admissions Office and the D.Ed.Min. Office receive and process applications year round. 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. 3540 or by email (dedmin@swbts.edu).

Applicants must have completed an M.A.R.E. or M.A.C.E. 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.

Applicants must have a minimum of three years 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.

Using the forms provided by the D.Ed.Min. Office, applicants must submit three references 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. References should include persons who have known the candidate more than a year.

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.

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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.

Summary

All application materials must be submitted to the Doctor of Educational Ministry Office, SWBTS, 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. If an applicant’s graduate degree was obtained from a non-ATS approved institution, the applicant should submit course descriptions of completed courses which may be considered for equivalency with the M.A.C.E. or M.A.R.E. Applicants may be required to complete additional courses to complete 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).

Program Information

The D.Ed.Min. has been developed to advance and to strengthen local church ministry leadership. Two concentrations are available from which the student may choose one: Educational Leadership or Family Ministry.

Program Overview

  • First year: Three 4-hour general seminars and one 4-hour reading seminar
  • Second year: Three 4-hour concentration seminars and one 4-hour reading seminar; Research and Project Methodology seminar (online)
  • Third year: Professional Dissertation
  • Fourth year: Professional Dissertation (if needed)

Vocational Ministry

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 an adequate vocational employment in a church/ministry setting, as determined by the Associate Dean, during the tenure of the degree program.

Cost

The total program cost for Southern Baptists is $10,300. The total program cost for non-Southern Baptist students is $13,300. Because of Cooperative Program giving, SBC students receive a $1,000 deduction for each year enrolled in the program.

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

A D.Ed.Min. student (both Southern Baptist and non-Southern Baptist) will be charged a down payment of $1,000 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.

Handbook

For complete information on the D.Ed.Min. 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. 3540 or by email (dedmin@swbts.edu).

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