STH Launches New Distance-Based DMin in Fall 2014
Boston University has approved the School of Theology’s proposal to redesign its existing, long-standing residential D.Min. into a mixed-delivery program that can be pursued through a combination of intensive on-site D.Min. seminars and distance education courses that students can take from their home location. The new model focuses on Transformational Leadership and can be completed in three years. The Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min.) is a professional doctoral degree meant to enrich religious leaders in traditional and non-traditional settings, to deepen their understanding of and commitment to ministry, and to refine its practice.
The degree is composed of 4 seminars that meet on site at STH for one week of intensive work (with preparatory assignments and follow-up work), one in August and one in January in each of the first two years of the program. The intensive seminars provide a rigorous academic foundation in the study of religious leadership, community transformation, and contextual theological analysis, as well as grounding in research methods and opportunities to discuss and shape research projects with faculty and peers. Other cohort and elective courses for the program are offered online, though a student might petition to take an elective course on site at the School of Theology. All courses contribute to the research and professional goals of doctoral students by including reflection opportunities that are directly or indirectly preparatory for the D.Min. project.
The DMin program is designed for persons who have been in ministry for at least three years and who want to support their professional lives with further academic study. For more information, visit the STH website at: www.bu.edu/sth/dmin.