Admissions Requirements

The Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Educational Ministry programs have different prerequisites for admission. Find out the degrees and ministry experience required for each program below.

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Admissions Requirements

Doctor of Ministry

  • A Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, or its equivalent, that includes the study of both Hebrew and Greek from an accredited institution with a grade point average (GPA) of at least a B (3.0).*
  • A minimum of three years of significant, post M.Div. Ministry Experience by the time the applicant begins the D.Min. program.

Doctor of Educational Ministry

  • A Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE) or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least a B (3.0).*
  • A minimum of three years of significant Ministry Experience.

*If you have questions regarding M.Div. or MACE equivalency, contact our office for information on evaluation and leveling work.

**Applicants for whom English is not their native language applying to an English language program must submit an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Application Process

Applicants should apply for admission through the Office of Admissions. Once all of the application components have been reviewed and cleared by Admissions, the applicant’s entire profile will be reviewed for admission by Professional Doctoral Studies faculty and staff. See below for a step by step outline of the application process and a helpful application checklist.

  1. Apply for Admission to Southern Seminary.
  2. Complete a Ministry Field Essay of 750-1,000 words in response to a case calling for the application of biblical and theological insights into a ministry situation.
  3. Submit a Ministry Resume outlining your present and past ministry experience.

Application Checklist (PDF Document)

Application Deadlines

Completed applications must be received by:
March 15 - Summer term
October 15 - January term

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