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Doctor of Educational Ministry (D.Ed.Min.)

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D.Ed.Min. Program Overview

The D.Ed.Min. degree is a four-year, 46 hour program designed for those in full-time educational ministry. While providing a world-class education at an affordable price, our programs offer tremendous flexibility, allowing students to receive their degree without having to leave their current place of ministry.

The first three years consist of two 4-day seminars per year (a total of six seminars) and two 1-day writing seminars, Intro to Doctoral Research and Writing alongside the first seminar and Project Methodology alongside the second seminar (a total of 26 days on campus for seminars). The first two foundational seminars are held during the fall and spring terms for all D.Ed.Min. students. Ministry concentration seminars for Christian Worship, Family Ministry and Leadership seminars are held in the fall and spring semesters (typically November and May). The Biblical Counseling, Evangelism & Church Growth, and Global Missions concentration seminars are held in the winter and summer terms (Typically January and July).

Prior to each seminar, students will complete pre-seminar work that typically consists of approximately 2500 pages of reading and several writing assignments. Seminars will require some assignments during the week of the seminar. Following each seminar, students will integrate their classroom knowledge in their ministry context through an Applied Ministry Experience component.

After completing the six seminars and Applied Ministry Experiences, students will then enter the main writing stage of the degree.The writing project is a 100-125 page research project that applies specifically to the student’s interest and ministry context. The culmination of the degree is an oral examination over the written project. Students are required to come to the campus for this examination.

D.Ed.Min. Program of Study (46 Hours):

  • Any Two of the Leadership Foundational Seminars, Preferably Two of the Below (8 hours)
    • Theological and Philosophical Issues in Christian Education
    • Foundations for Teaching/Learning in Christian Education Contexts
    • Biblical and Contemporary Models of Christian Leadership
  • Four Ministry Concentration Seminars (16 hours)
  • Applied Ministry Experience (12 hours)
  • Doctoral Writing Seminars (2 hours)
  • Research Project (8 hours)

D.Ed.Min. Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate advanced and critical study of Christian formation from theological and historical perspectives as well as behavioral and social science perspectives.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate and advanced and critical study of organizational and leadership development and the social contexts for ministry.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate an advanced and critical study of educational theory and practice as it relates to local church and other ministry contexts.
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use standard research tools and methods in the chosen field of study.
  5. Students will be able to research, plan, and implement a project relevant to his/her vocational ministry and to communicate the plan and its results effectively.

D.Ed.Min. Program Concentrations

The Doctor of Educational Ministry has been created to meet the ever-changing needs of Christian education ministry professionals. In addition to completing a core of foundational seminars, students will select a field of concentration from one of six tracks:

  • Biblical Counseling
  • Christian Worship
  • Evangelism & Church Growth
  • Family Ministry
  • Global Missions
  • Leadership
  • Youth Ministry (New for Fall 2013!)

Why a D.Ed.Min. at Southern Seminary?

Cohort Learning

Southern’s D.Ed.Min. courses allow you to study with a cohort of other pastors, staff members, or missionaries who are often facing the same issues you are. Not only does the cohort system promote collegiality and friendships that may last a lifetime, but it also provides a ready-made base for prayer support.

Convenient Scheduling

Courses are offered in manageable, one-week segments (M-F) that allow you to complete the degree with less than thirty days on campus over the length of the degree. Our goal is to offer a solid academic and practical program that does not sacrifice your on-the-field time in the process.

Faculty Expertise & Experience

All of our faculty members are experts in their fields, having earned a doctoral degree and having significant experience in the local church or the mission field. Our professors are practitioners as well as scholars.

Practical Application

The Applied Ministry Experience in each program allows you to apply what you learn in the classroom to your specific ministry context. Our goal is to provide assignments and projects that help you to do your ministry—not complicate it.

Faculty Guidance & Mentoring in Research

In the research and writing stage, you will work with a project methodology supervisor to compose a project proposal. Following proposal submission, you will be given a faculty supervisor to give guidance and support throughout your written project. In addition, our Professional Doctoral office staff stand ready to help you in any way that we can. Thus, you will always have guidance as you move toward graduation.

Proven Track Record

Our Professional Doctoral graduates are serving as pastors, staff members, missionaries, state convention and denominational employees, and adjunct professors. Our oldest graduates (having graduated in their 70s!) are still serving faithfully in ministry.

Intentional Evaluation

We evaluate our programs after every seminar and make necessary changes based on student critiques. Our goal will always be to be the finest D.Ed.Min. program in the country.


Southern Seminary offers the D.Ed.Min. degree at an affordable cost with a workable payment plan:

Full Program
Tuition Costs*
Down Payment Payment Plan**
SBC $11,235 $1000 due before
first seminar
for 48 months
Non-SBC $14,490 $281.05/month
for 48 months
*Program Tuition shown is for the 2012-13 Academic Year. Additional fees are subject to the current catalog. Please see the current catalog for full listing of current fees.
**48-month payment plan is interest-free if payments are made on time.

D.Ed.Min. students pay $1000 prior to attending their first seminar. The remainder of the program fee is paid through a 48-month interest-free payment plan. All students beyond 4 years or 48 months in the program are charged a Continuation Fee each semester (currently $1000).

Textbooks, lodging, food, travel, and graduation costs are not included in the program fee.

The Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention helps pay for the tuition of students from Southern Baptist churches, which allows for the reduced price for SBC students. To find out how to join the SBC, Contact the SBC Executive Committee’s Office of Convention Relations.

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.