the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Ministry Field Essays

All D.Min. and D.Ed.Min. applicants must complete a ministry field essay.  This is simply a 750-1000 word research essay answering specific questions pertaining to the desired D.Min. or D.Ed.Min. concentration. The essay will be graded by a program coordinator and is an essential part of the application process.

To begin, simply download or print the field essay instructions of the concentration for which you are applying and follow the instructions carefully.  Submit your completed essay to the Admissions Office via email at with your name and “Professional Doctoral Studies Field Essay” in the subject line.

If you have additional questions regarding the field essay, please contact the Office of Professional Doctoral Studies at

All ministry field essays will be graded using the Field Essay Assessment Rubric.

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Field Essay Instructions:

Doctor of Educational Ministry (D.Ed.Min.) Field Essay Instructions:


*Currently building a future cohort for this concentration. Please contact the Office of Professional Doctoral Studies for information on expected start dates.

**Ministry Field Essay is unavailable at this time. Please contact the Office of Professional Doctoral Studies with questions regarding this concentration.

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