Ministry Field Essays

A specialized ministry field essay must accompany every application for admission to Southern Seminary’s professional doctoral studies. See below for essay information and guidelines including a sample grading rubric and concentration specific essay prompts.

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. This is a vital piece of your application and will be graded by a program coordinator.

To begin, download or print the field essay instructions for the concentration to which you are applying. Be sure to follow these 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.

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

Ministry Field Essay Prompts