Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership

Be the Spark for Transformational Change

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 focus of the Boston University DMin is Transformational Leadership, and persons admitted into the degree program may develop a specialization within this track based on their particular interests.

The Doctor of Ministry program is a three-year, low-residency degree program that combines online learning with intensive on-campus classes. Build connections with fellow leaders and faculty during two trips to Boston University each year. Then learn with colleagues online as you study and reflect on your unique context each day.

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Are you called?

  • To transform a congregation?
  • To revolutionize a culture?
  • To build the future?
  • To be an architect of change?

Anyone can become a transformational leader. You need first the willingness to rethink your context and the desire to build new skills.

Transformational Leadership Requires:

  • Vision—seeing possibilities for transformative change
  • Contextual knowing  — understanding your community and knowing its strengths and needs
  • Courageous, well-honed practices — skills that are learned and strengthened, not dependent on innate charisma
  • Exploration — research and a continuous quest for new ideas

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Our DMin Offers:

  • Theological exploration through study, reflection, and interaction with others
  • Cohort learning to draw from the wisdom and experience of other leaders working for change
  • Skills development through analysis, discernment, and communal leadership
  • Significant research focused on your specific goals and context


Through six- to nine day intensive seminars each semester, the program builds a peer community of professionals who learn from each other, exchange experiences, and forge supportive relationships that are strengthened through discussion and study throughout the year. Full-time faculty members and guest speakers discuss their own challenges and experiences of transformational leadership. Through lectures and small group discussion, you will absorb and apply what you learn while forming a learning network.

You will be able to continue gaining the rich ministry experiences that inform your research and study. Interactive tools– web conference, audio discussions, and live chat–allow you to engage with fellow students and teachers in real time, in discussions as lively as those found in any classroom. As a Doctor of Ministry student, you will have full access to the Boston University libraries to conduct research. Library staff offer online coaching sessions to help you gain the most from available research tools.


Seminars in Transformational Leadership, Contextual Analysis, and Research Methods form the core of the program, culminating in a Directed Study Project during your third year. Online cohort courses are taught by full-time Boston University faculty, with new courses and faculty members added each semester. Past courses have included Global Development and Faith, Mission and Outreach, Radical Christian Spiritualities, and Transformational and Situational Homiletics.

Student Testimonials

Wendy Von Courter (DMin ’17)

“I’ve looked at many doctoral programs. This one was so rooted in relevancy and action that I could not resist! The ability to study while remaining active in ministry drew me to this program, as did the academic rigor and the ability to journey with colleagues from so many different experiences. What I didn’t expect, however, was how immediately valuable our learnings would be in our day-to-day lives. I am pleased at the benefits I’m already reaping in year one.”

Theodore T. Turman (DMin ’17)

“Very quickly, the Doctor of Ministry program was immensely helpful to me and my ministry. From Day One, the program has been producing tangible results for my context. The leaders of the program assembled a thought-provoking course schedule and a thought-provoking group of students as well. Our after-class discussions are as fruitful as our in-class time.”

Daniel Snape (DMin ’17) 

“Being in a room of diverse and experienced ministers is such a gift! You would be hard pressed to pull together such a group of bright-minded and inspirational leaders who can speak into your life with fresh perspective, rich insight, and clarity. The community, friendships, and bonds you create will last a lifetime.”

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