The D.Min. program of the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions is designed to enhance the understanding and practice of ministry in the areas of evangelism and missions for those currently engaged in positions of ministerial leadership in North American and International Contexts.
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Return D.Min. Application Documents to:
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 22740
Fort Worth, TX 76122
817.923.1921 ext. 2700
Notification Regarding Admission
All applicants will be notified of the decision in writing by the Associate Dean for Doctoral Programs. This notification is usually sent by mail within two weeks of the decision. Applicants who are accepted into the program will then receive information regarding registration for the first semester of seminars.
Occasionally applicants may be admitted to the D.Min. program conditionally with the understanding that their conditional status will be reviewed at a later date to remove the condition or terminate the student's further participation in the program.
Research and Writing Seminar
All accepted students are approved provisionally in the D.Min. program. The provisional status is lifted after successful completion of the Research and Writing Seminar that is conducted via the internet using Blackboard technology. The Research and Writing Seminar is a required six-week internet seminar that is conducted before a student can begin his or her first year of seminars. The online seminar will be conducted from April to May before the seminar year begins in July. The purpose of the seminar is to both strengthen a student's writing skill and facilitate growth in the area of doctoral research. The seminar is graded upon a Pass/Fail basis and students will not be allowed to begin the first year of seminars unless the Research and Writing Seminar has been completed successfully.
For admission, all non-USA citizens will be required to take the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as an admission requirement. The minimum score for unconditional admission is 100 (those who score between 90-99 may enter the program conditionally; those who score less than 90 may not enter the D.Min. program). The computer based TOEFL will be accepted if it is less than two years old. The minimum score for unconditional admission is 250 (those who score between 233-249 may enter the program conditionally; those who score less than 233 may not enter the D.Min. program).Citizens of the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada and other non-USA citizens who have successfully completed an accredited English-language based bachelor's degree from a North American institution are exempt from this requirement. All TOEFL scores submitted should be less than two years old.
In addition to a passing TOEFL score, the Faculty Administrator for Doctoral Programs will reserve the right to require additional English proficiency courses taken concurrently with the D.Min. work where deficiencies are found to exist in order to assist students in achieving their potential and to contribute effectively to the seminars. These courses may be taken at Southwestern or in other designated institutions.
All students applying for the D.Min. program must be citizens of the U.S., permanent residents, here on an R-1 visa, or plan to study on an F-1 visa.
Applicants from outside the United States must meet U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations to study at Southwestern Seminary in any program. Any approval of the applicant's admission to the D. Min. program is contingent upon the applicant maintaining proper status. The International Student Services Office communicates regularly with the D.Min. program to assure that all DHS regulations are followed.
The Doctor of Ministry Program is a thirty hour degree:
|Research and Writing Seminar (completed before beginning seminars)||Pass/Fail|
|Seminar Requirements (two seminars, one per year, worth 12 hours each)||24 hours|
|Professional Dissertation Seminar I||Pass/Fail|
|Professional Dissertation Seminar II||Pass/Fail|
|Writing of the Professional Dissertation||6 hours|
|Total Program Requirements||30 hours|
Students participate in two year-long seminars, including two semesters of Professional Dissertation development and writing. Prior to beginning seminars, students participate in training in research, writing and prospectus development, as well as an orientation to the D.Min. program.
Each seminar is structured for a variety of interaction in order to give a comprehensive and exhaustive examination of a particular issue of study. Typically students meet on-campus in July for two weeks of lectures and coursework with a blended cohort. This session may be preceded by online Blackboard instruction and assignments. The on-campus segment of a seminar is followed by readings and other assignments throughout the year, including participation in two, 2-3 day long, off-campus learning activities (one in fall and one in spring). A special allowance will be made for missionaries serving abroad, in which they will be allowed to complete alternative assignments in lieu of the required off-campus assignments. These activities are arranged between the student, faculty supervisor, and Associate Dean for Doctoral Programs. These activities are integrated into a cycle of pre-event readings, post-event research papers, and critical reviews/comments by others in the cohort or sub-cohort. Assignments and dialogue throughout the year are primarily maintained through online interaction. Students will participate in the Professional Dissertation Seminar I which is an online prospectus writing course that occurs for two weeks at the end of the second seminar year during June.
Students successfully completing the two years of seminar study and the Professional Dissertation Seminar I will advance to the Professional Dissertation stage. During this time students will be registered concurrently in COLLM 8010 Professional Dissertation Seminar II and COLLM 8020 Professional Dissertation in Progress. During the Professional Dissertation Seminar II students are required to be on campus for two weeks during July. After successful completion of the Professional Dissertation Seminar II, students will remain registered only in COLLM 8020 as they write their professional dissertation. Upon satisfactory completion of the professional dissertation and the oral examination, students will receive 6 hours credit for such completion. The two years of seminars are designed to prepare the student for the actual task of preparing a Professional Dissertation prospectus; during the second year, students, with the help of their supervisors, should identify possible Professional Dissertation topics, research, and develop the Professional Dissertation outline. Students should submit a prospectus for approval at the beginning of the third year. This year focuses on conducting, writing, and defending the final Professional Dissertation.
Major Areas of Study
The D.Min. curriculum is divided into two areas of vocational interest (majors). Each D.Min. student is required to designate one area as his or her major.
North American Evangelism and Missions
Designed for advanced training in vital facets of contemporary evangelism and missions. This major enables students to translate academic and professional insights into skills for intercultural service, cutting-edge outreach, healthy church growth, church planting, and strategy development in North America. Contemporary challenges call for well-informed, experienced and responsible church leadership, in addition to new strategies for responding to the Great Commission.
Includes the following seminars:
International Evangelism and Missions
Intended to transform thinking and practice in reaching the world for Jesus Christ. Tailored to the needs of cross-cultural leaders, workers, and agencies. This major enables students to translate academic and professional insights into skills for international outreach, church planting, healthy church growth, and strategy development. The changing face of international evangelism and missions calls for a serious examination of the way evangelicals approach evangelism and missions in the years ahead. Please note: the only students allowed to choose this major are missionaries serving abroad or international students willing to complete their off-campus assignments abroad.
Includes the following seminars:
|Due to the Cooperative Program scholarship for Southern Baptist students, the total program cost for Southern Baptists is $8,275. The total program cost for non-Southern Baptist students is $11,275. The Program Costs are broken down in the following manner:
|If a D.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 Fish School D.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.
Students interested in more complete information regarding the program should contact the Fish School D.Min. Office, SWBTS Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions, P.O. Box 22667, Fort Worth, TX 76122-0667, call (817) 923-1921 extension 6476, or email email@example.com.