Do you sometimes wonder how the theology you learned years ago in seminary really applies to your ministry? Do you want your congregation to view biblical theology as practical to life? The Doctor of Ministry in Applied Theology is designed to focus on theological issues as they relate to the church. Seminars will focus on ecclesiology, historical theology as it relates to the church, and practical theology and application.

Program of Study

32 Hour D.Min.

  • Foundational Seminars (16 hours)
    • Biblical Theology in the Local Church
    • Ecclesiology in the Local Church
    • Historical Theology in the Local Church
    • Practical Theology in the Local Church
  • Doctoral Writing Seminars (2 hours)
  • Contextualized Writing Seminar (8 hours)
  • Research Project (6 hours)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding and integration of ministry into various theological disciplines.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate applied knowledge & skills pertinent to his/her vocational ministry.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use standard research tools and methods in the chosen field of study.
  4. 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.
  5. Students will be able to contribute to the understanding and practice of ministry through the completion of a written project report suitable for inclusion in the seminary library.

What's next?

Now that you’ve discovered which program concentration is right for you we invite you to explore your next steps over on our Admissions Information page. Here you will find our admissions prerequisites, application deadlines, ministry field essays and more!

Please contact Southern’s Professional Doctoral Studies office by phone at 502-897-4113 or by email at with any additional questions.

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