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Core Courses20 units
GDMN 704
Research and Design
4
GDMN 710
Christian Spirituality
4
GDMN 720
Theology for Spiritual Formation
4
GDMN 730
Church Renewal
4
GDMN 740
Spiritual Leadership
4
Electives12 units
Select 12 units from the following:
GDMN 750
Civic Spirituality
4
GDMN 760
Christian Spirituality and Modern Technology
4
GDMN 762
Spiritual Practices in the Church
4
GDMN 764
History and Theology of Worship
4
GDMN 766
Empowering the Laity
4
GDMN 768
Urban Immersion
4
GDMN 770
Church Growth and Church Planting
4
GDMN 772
Contemplative Spirituality
4
GDMN 782
Scripture: Its Spirituality and Proclamation
4
GDMN 799
Readings in Doctoral Ministry
1–4
Optional Emphasis12 units
GDMN 752
Christian Spiritual Formation I**
3
GDMN 754
Christian Spiritual Formation II**
3
GDMN 756
Christian Spiritual Formation III**
3
GDMN 758
Christian Spiritual Formation IV**
3
Project4 units
GDMN 790
Ministry Project*
4
Total for the D.Min.36 units

*Students who do not complete their D.Min. project during the semester they are enrolled in GDMN 790 must enroll for subsequent semesters in GDMN 792.
**This course is offered at the Renovaré Institute; registration for three credit hours at Azusa Pacific University must be made before starting the course. In order to earn credit, students must be accepted into the Doctor of Ministry program before registering for any Renovaré course. Upon satisfactorily completing all course requirements as set forth by the Doctor of Ministry director, the student will receive 3 units credit in the spiritual formation emphasis in the Doctor of Ministry degree.

Course Requirements
(for D.Min. with an Emphasis in Transformational
Servant Leadership, available in San Diego only)

CoursesUnits
First semester
GDMN 704
Research and Design
4
GDMN 740
Spiritual Leadership
4
Second semester
GDMN 710
Christian Spirituality
4
GDMN 720
Theology for Spiritual Formation
4
Third semester
GDMN 730
Church Renewal
4
GDMN 762
Spiritual Practices in the Church
4
Fourth semester
GDMN 782
Scripture: Its Spirituality and Proclamation
4
GDMN 797
Seminar in Ministry
4
Fifth semester
GDMN 790
Ministry Project*
4
Total for the D.Min.36 units

*Students who do not complete their D.Min. project during the semester they are enrolled in GDMN 790 must enroll for subsequent semesters in GDMN 792.

Course Requirements
(for D.Min. Missional Church Leadership Cohort)

CoursesUnits
First semester
GDMN 791
Leading in Context
4
Second semester
GDMN 704
Research and Design
4
GDMN 740
Spiritual Leadership
4
Third semester
GDMN 720
Theology for Spiritual Formation
4
GDMN 793
Ecclesiology for Missio Dei
4
Fourth semester
GDMN 762
Spiritual Practices in the Church
4
Fifth semester
GDMN 794
Missiology in Local Contexts
4
GDMN 795
Engaging Missionally
4
Sixth semester
GDMN 790
Ministry Project*
4
Total for the D.Min.36 units

*Students who do not complete their D.Min. project during the semester they are enrolled in GDMN 790 must enroll for subsequent semesters in GDMN 792.

Written Project

Students will demonstrate academic and practical learning through completion of a major written project. They will conduct research and develop and write their project in a ministry practice field of interest. Ordinarily the project will be a minimum of 100 pages and a maximum of 250 pages long. Complete information on the doctoral project process and standards is available from the Office of the Doctor of Ministry.

Transfer Credit

Because of the specialized nature of the program, transfer credit must be evaluated by the director of the D.Min. program. A maximum of six semester units of doctoral-level work which have been completed within the past eight years will be allowed as transfer credit.

Additional Degree Requirements

Full-time Status

Full-time status in the D.Min. program is 8 units per term. Students who enroll in at least 4 units are considered to be half time.

Time Limit

A maximum of 16 units of coursework may be completed during one calendar year, requiring a minimum of two years for completion of all required coursework. The written doctoral project may be completed in the third year. The minimum time required for completing the program is three years, and the maximum time allowed is seven years from the time of enrollment.

Advancement to Candidacy

Students will be considered for candidacy for the Doctor of Ministry after satisfactory completion of 16 units of coursework (minimum of 3.0 GPA in all coursework with no grade less than B-, satisfactory completion of two doctoral project seminars, approval of the student’s doctoral project proposal by the director and the D.Min. committee, and an interview with the director. Final approval for candidacy is granted by the D.Min. committee.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many units do I take each quarter/semester?
While there are no minimum or maximum unit requirements, 9 units is considered a full-time schedule.

How long is a semester?
Semesters generally run for 15 weeks.

How many hours does each class session require?
Both once a week classes, which last for 4 hours and 15 minutes, and twice a week classes, which run for 2 hours each, are available.

How many students will there be in my classes?
Most classes will average 15–18 students.

How many evenings per week do I attend classes?
Classes usually meet once a week, but some are offered twice a week.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.