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Doctor of Ministry

Are you a Christian leader looking for a professional doctorate degree that will help you…

  • Develop an advanced understanding of the nature and purpose of ministry?
  • Enhance your competencies in pastoral and ministry skills for today’s world?
  • Cultivate ongoing spiritual growth for yourself and those you serve?

One of the hallmarks of the Corban University School of Ministry is its focus on educating Christians who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ. The Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min.) is the highest degree available to ministry professionals, providing students an opportunity to undertake advanced study in personal and ministry formation. Corban’s School of Ministry provides excellent training that allows students to remain in their current ministry. With the creative use of modular delivery methods, we want to take ministry training to the ministry front.

Program Benefits


  • Finish your terminal degree in four – six years (6 modules and a dissertation)
  • Remain active in your current ministry without relocating
  • Attend one single two-week residency per year
  • Located near the Seattle airport
  • Frequent, personal contact with D.Min. director and School of Ministry staff


  • Payment plans are available upon request
  • Audit classes for a fraction of the cost (benefits local pastors/staff & master’s students)
  • VA Benefits and generous Church/Organization Matching Scholalrships


  • Study under specialists from top evangelical seminaries & organizations
  • Receive training in multiple subject areas
  • Interact with classmates in various ministry fields

Corban University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). This level of accreditation allows students to be eligible for federal financial aid and allows credits and degrees to be transferred to other regionally accredited universities and seminaries.

2013 Modules
June 10-13 – Dr. Jim Wilhoit, Scripture Press Professor of Christian Education, Christian Formation and Ministry Department, Wheaton College. Module: “Dynamics of Personal Spiritual Formation.”

June 17-20 – Dr. Gary McIntosh, Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership, Talbot School of Theology. Module: “Church Advancement”

Spring 2014 Modules
June 9-12 – Dr. Robert Evans, Senior Pastor of Christ Church in Pleasanton, California, President of Veritas Ministries International, Author, Licensed Psychologist. Module “Ministry Counseling”

June 13 – Dr. Leroy Goertzen, Director of Doctor of Ministry Program, Corban University School of Ministry. Thesis Project Seminar I & III

June 16-19 – Dr. Don Sunukjian, Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership, Homiletics Chair, Department of Christian Ministry, Talbot School of Theology, Author. Module: “Contemporary Biblical Preaching”

June 20 – Dr. Leroy Goertzen, Director of Doctor of Ministry Program, Corban University School of Ministry. Thesis Project Seminar II

We are now taking 2014 applications.

Admission Requirements

In keeping with the standards of Corban University School of Ministry and its accrediting agency, NWCCU (Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities), individuals seeking admission should meet the following requirements:

Academic Requirements
Degree: Applicants must possess an earned Master of Divinity degree or its educational equivalent from an accredited school. (See Provisos below)
Aptitude: Applicants must have the ability to do Post-Graduate work.

Professional Requirements
Experience: Applicants must have gained three years of ministry experience subsequent to their first graduate theological degree.
Vocation: Applicants should be currently engaged in vocational ministry.

Institutional Requirements
Doctrine: Applicants must be in essential agreement with the doctrinal position of the seminary.
Application: Applicants must provide all the normal and necessary enrollment information including transcripts, personal background information, and references.

Though the M.Div. degree is the standard and optimal degree upon which the D.Min. program is built, other Master's degrees may qualify for entrance into the program based on several other academic qualifications. Therefore, individuals interested in enrolling in the D.Min. program are encouraged to contact its Director to review their eligibility.
Should you have any questions regarding your peculiar academic, professional or personal circumstances that appear in conflict with the admission requirements listed above,
please contact the D.Min. Director 253-759-6104x106.

Program Costs

Beginning in spring 2013, the total tuition cost for the Doctor of Ministry program is approximately $12,500. Including fees and the project-thesis modules, the overall cost is approximately $14,500 (some of the thesis-project expenses such as proofing, printing vary among students).
Application Fee: $50 paid once with initial application
Doctor of Ministry Fee: $200 per year
Tuition: $415 per credit hour (30 credits = $12,450)
Audit Fee - CUSM Current Student: (e.g., M.A., or M.Div.) $400 per module
Audit Fee - Non CUSM Student: $500 per module

Financial Aid

The CUSM Church/Organization Matching Scholarship was developed to encourage churches and organizations to provide corporate scholarship support for their students involved in Christian higher education.

  1. This scholarship is awarded based on availability of funds.
  2. This scholarship is for Post-Grad Students (Doctor of Ministry):

Only one church /organization scholarship check per residency will be matched up to $800 ($400 per module) at the ratio of 1 for every 2 dollars donated.

Yearly Overview

At CUSM, a student may complete the program in 4-6 years, depending upon his/her initiative and the availability of modules. To finish the program, the student must successfully complete 6 modules and write and defend his/her Thesis-Project. The maximum number of years allowed to complete the program is six, with an additional year granted upon petition due to extenuating circumstances (continuation fee may apply).

Years One, Two and Three – Residency
Two modules are offered during a single two-week residency in the month of June. The exact dates vary from year to year. They are listed in the Doctor of Ministry web directory under “modules.” Each year’s modules are completed by October 15 when post-residency assignments are due. Pre-residency assignments for the June residency begins in January.

Years Four, Five and Six – Thesis-Project
Upon the completion of the course work associated with the program, the student undertakes an involved research-oriented project that focuses on addressing a problem of ministry within their ministry context and experience. Students are assigned a thesis-project mentor to help them formulate and guide them through the writing process.

See Doctor of Ministry Q & A for more details on program

More Information

Download informational brochure here (PDF)