the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Ministry Research Project

The Ministry Research Project is 100-125 pages in length. The project is designed to address a real need and should apply to your ministry, discipline, and what you are doing in your ministry setting. It includes literary research and practical application.

Further details on the Ministry Research Project can be found on the Resources for Students webpage in the “D.Min. / D.Ed.Min. Project Resources” section and in the DMin Student Handbook. Important deadlines for graduation are below.

For May Graduation

  • Fully approved defense drafts of the DMin or DEdMin project are due in the Professional Doctoral Studies office by February 1st; your faculty supervisor must have reviewed every chapter and granted permission to continue with the oral examination no later than this date. The supervisor will notify the Professional Doctoral office by email that the student is ready to defend.
  • All oral exams must be completed by April 1st. According to DMin program policy, the date of the oral defense is chosen by the DMin office in conjunction with each doctoral candidate’s oral defense committee members. Once this date is selected, candidates will be informed of the day and time of the defense. It is the student’s responsibility to adjust his or her schedule to be on campus for the oral defense.
  • Students must complete the electronic submission of their corrected project by May 1st in order to graduate in May.  Details about electronic submission, creating PDFs, pricing, and other information are available on the library website: http://library.sbts.edu/index.php/etds

For December Graduation

The instructions remain the same as those for May Graduation. The deadlines are as follows:

  • Fully approved defense drafts must be submitted to the Professional Doctoral Studies office by September 1st.
  • All oral defenses must be completed by November 1st.
  • Students must complete the electronic submission of their corrected project by December 1st.

For Continuation Fee Waivers

Students who fail to meet graduation deadlines in a given semester and have completed the program fee payment plan may be eligible to have the $1000 Continuation Fee waived for the following semester if they submit the hard copies of their defense drafts, fully approved by the faculty supervisor, by the deadlines below.

  • To graduate in December and have the Fall continuation fee waived, fully approved defense drafts must be submitted to the Professional Doctoral Office by May 1st.
  • To graduate in May and have the Spring continuation fee waived, fully approved defense drafts must be submitted to the Professional Doctoral Office by December 1st.

 

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