Doctor of Ministry (Honors Track)

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Overview of the Honors Doctor of Ministry (DMin) at BTS

The Honors Doctor of Ministry program at BTS resembles a research PhD program, focusing on current and contemporary problems rather than exclusively on historical issues. This advanced program requires a dissertation of 75,000–100,000 words.

Admission Requirements for Honors DMin

Candidates must have:

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 at the master’s degree level.
  • Successfully pass a personal interview.
  • For non-BTS graduates, submission of significant scholarly research from the master’s degree program is required.
Program Structure and Expectations

Upon acceptance, students will:

  • Attend the Orientation Seminar.
  • Complete the introductory Research and Design (DM9120) class.
  • Develop a personalized syllabus during DM9120.
  • Maintain an annotated bibliography and journal of readings, totaling at least 40,000 pages (approximately 100 books).
  • Complete the program within five years.
Alternate Admission Pathways

Prospective students with a GPA below 3.5 may be considered if they demonstrate:

  • At least seven years of above-average ministry experience.
  • Necessary skills through an interview with the vice president or director of the Doctor of Ministry program.
  • Current scholarly capabilities, preferably evidenced by prior peer-reviewed publications.
Honors DMin Committee and Mentorship
  • The student will be assigned a committee of three readers for their dissertation.
  • The committee will include a BTS faculty chairperson, the Honors DMin program director, and an approved non-BTS faculty member.
  • A mentor will be appointed to advise the student’s program, approved by the DMin director.
  • A proposal developed with the mentor must be approved by the committee, culminating the first semester of independent study and research.
Program Fees and Mentor Contractual Arrangements
  • The Mentor will receive a semester-based stipend ($600) from BTS.
  • A contract template will be provided by BTS for the Mentor.
  • The contract must be filed with and approved by the vice president and DMin director.
  • Standard DMin semester fees apply.

Graduation from the program is contingent upon satisfactory dissertation completion and oral defense, aligning with the program's high standards and rigorous academic requirements.

Interested in Taking a Course?

As part of a diverse community of learners, you will be taught courses by pastor/professors that are academically excellent, biblically faithful, and ministry-oriented, equipping you for a life of ministry and humble leadership in Christ.