- Course Requirements
- Written Project
- Transfer Credit
- Additional Degree Requirements
- Frequently Asked Questions
|Core Courses||20 units|
GDMN 704Research and Design
GDMN 710History of Christian Spirituality
GDMN 720Theology for Spiritual Formation
GDMN 730Church Renewal
GDMN 740Spiritual Leadership
|Select 12 units from the following:|
GDMN 750Civic Spirituality
GDMN 760Christian Spirituality and Modern Technology
GDMN 762Spiritual Practices in the Church
GDMN 764History and Theology of Worship
GDMN 766Empowering the Laity
GDMN 768Urban Immersion
GDMN 770Church Growth and Church Planting
GDMN 772Contemplative Spirituality
GDMN 782Scripture: Its Spirituality and Proclamation
GDMN 799Readings in Doctoral Ministry
|Optional Emphasis||12 units|
GDMN 752Christian Spiritual Formation I**
GDMN 754Christian Spiritual Formation II**
GDMN 756Christian Spiritual Formation III**
GDMN 758Christian Spiritual Formation IV**
GDMN 790Ministry Project*
|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 APGST Doctor of Ministry program before registering for any Renovaré course. Upon satisfactorily completing all course requirements as set forth by the APGST Doctor of Ministry director, the student will receive 3 units credit in the spiritual formation emphasis in the Doctor of Ministry degree.
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 in length. Complete information on the doctoral project process and standards is available from the Office of the Doctor of Ministry.
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 in the D.Min. program is 8 units per term. Students who enroll in at least 4 units are considered to be half time.
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 between 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.
Does this program require a thesis, dissertation, or capstone project?
Yes, a student will complete a capstone project called GMIN605 Leadership in Youth Ministry.