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Northeastern's D.Min. curriculum allows students to complete the program while remaining in full-time ministry. Classes offered in one-week intensives in January and June employ extensive pre- and post-seminar assignments and online interaction that allow students to apply class materials in their local setting.

The 36-credit hour degree is comprised of 10 three-credit classes, plus a 6-credit dissertation. Learn more.

Program features:

Retreat experiences—the gift of time and space for the renewal of your soul

Entering students begin the D.Min. experience with a retreat in conjunction with the Calling and Vocation course. At a reflective/meditative off-site venue this retreat focuses on understanding one's ministry journey to date, determining personal growth goals for the rest of the program, and building relationships among the D.Min. students. Each of the remaining required courses includes a 24-hour retreat during the residency week and students can also attend the annual All-Seminary Retreat where the entire Northeastern Seminary community gathers for worship, learning and fellowship.

Online collaboration—creating the collegial learning environment

Each one-week residency is preceded and followed by opportunities for online interaction with the faculty member and peers allowing students to integrate and apply classroom material.

Spiritual formation—interwoven emphasis on formative spirituality

Through a regular rhythm of retreat experiences and course work students are guided in the development of an integrational theology of human and Christian spirituality that equips them to nurture both their own spiritual formation and that of those they are called to serve.

Nationally-known scholars and practitioners—in addition to Northeastern’s outstanding faculty

Selected elective courses provide students focused time with visiting faculty such as MaryKate Morse, Christena Cleveland, Soong-Chan Rah, Andy Crouch, and Ruth Haley Barton. Leith Anderson, senior pastor of Wooddale Church and president of the National Association of Evangelicals, teams regularly with Northeastern Seminary faculty to teach the Transformational Leadership course.

Peer Interaction and Reflection—meaningful friendships and long-term mentoring

Learning at the doctoral level is enhanced by the opportunity to be part of a small, highly selective group of peers in ministry and to form valuable relationships with the faculty members who guide the class.

Professional Development—spiritual and personal development and effectiveness in ministry

Entering D.Min. students experience an extensive, personal, and professional assessment that is formative in nature. The information is provided to the student and his or her dissertation advisor to enhance development and effectiveness.