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Doctor of Ministry FAQ's

Below you will find the answers to Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry frequently asked questions.

Can I enroll part-time? 

Are the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry classes week long intensives?

Can the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry degree be completed online?

Are there evening and weekend classes?

Can I start the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry program in the spring?

Can the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry degree be completed in one year?

I am completing my Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry application. What should be included on the reading list?

How is M.Div. equivalency evaluated?

Who evaluates the applications for M.Div. equivalency?

Does admission at pre-DMin status mean automatic admission to the Doctor of Ministry program?

Where can courses needed to complete M.Div equivalency be taken?

Can I enroll part-time? Answer: Yes.

Are the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry classes week long intensives? Answer:No, the program is designed for students who can either spend an entire semester with us twice over a period of four years, or students who can be with us one day a week on the semester system.

Can the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry degree be completed online? Answer: No, ours is a residential program with courses taken here in Chicago. It is possible to take one or two classes online.

Are there evening and weekend classes? Answer: Please see the course schedule. Doctor of Ministry courses are the 5000 and 6000 level courses. There are some available in the evening and on occasion in the J-term or in the summer session. The required Core 1 course (Fall Semester) and Core 2 course (Spring Semester) are only offered on Tuesday afternoons.

Can I start the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry program in the spring? Answer: Yes. You may start in spring semester and take up to two courses before taking the required Core 1 course in the fall and Core 2 the following spring.

Can the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry degree be completed in one year? Answer: The coursework may be completed in one year and the thesis project writing completed off campus. This is a minimum thirty credit program with eight three-credit courses plus a two course equivalency for thesis project writing. It takes approximately one academic year to research and write the thesis-project. Some students take longer.

I am completing my Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry application. What should be included on the reading list? Answer: The reading list should include theological books and journals that you have read, texts that influence you in your ongoing ministerial development and/or are related to your research interests.

How is M.Div. equivalency evaluated? Answer: M.Div. equivalency is considered to be achieved by graduate theological education across a broad spectrum that includes theology, biblical studies, and the arts of ministry. CTU uses as a guideline the CTU M.Div. checklist to determine if the applicant meets these requirements. Graduate courses recorded on an applicant's graduate transcripts are compared to the CTU M.Div. checklist. If the number of credits and/or study in a particular theological or pastoralareas is lacking, then applicants may be admitted as pre-D.Min. students in order to complete the courses required to achieve M.Div. equivalency. If a pre-D.Min. student earns 18 or more credits, they may be granted a Certificate in Pastoral Studies.

Who evaluates the applications for M.Div. equivalency? Answer: The Doctor of Ministry Committee, consisting of 2-3 faculty members appointed by the Dean, and the Director of the D.Min. program, evaluate each application and determine admission. In the case of applicants who do not hold M.Div. degrees, the committee may determine that equivalency exists if the number and range of courses fulfills the expectations. If not then the committee may recommend acceptance as a pre-D.Min. student with specific courses and/or areas, e.g. supervised ministry practicum, identified as necessary admission conditions to achieve M.Div. equivalency.

Does admission at pre-DMin status mean automatic admission to the Doctor of Ministry program? Answer: Admission to pre-DMin. typically means that the applicant is approved to complete the hours and/or courses needed to qualify for the D.Min. program.  If the applicant completes all the courses indicated as necessary for establishing M.Div. equivalency, with grades of B or higher, then the applicant requests that the committee re-evaluate their materials for admission to the D.Min. program.
 
Where can courses needed to complete M.Div. equivalency be taken? Answer: These courses can be taken at CTU (including online, J-term, Summer sessions) with enrollment in the Certificate for Pastoral Studies program, or at any similarly accredited institution and then transferred to CTU for credit establishing M.Div. equivalency. Financial aid is available for courses taken at CTU. In cases where supervised ministry practicum/theological reflection are required, arrangements can be made with the CTU Director of Field Education, and/or applicants may transfer in CPE credits from ACPE.