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Doctor of Ministry Degree
An advanced professional program for those with a Master of Divinity degree and at least three years of post-MDiv ministerial experience.

DESCRIPTION


For more than 30 years, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary has offered a world-class Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree to strengthen the connection between theology and ministry practice either in the church and in fields closely related to the mission and witness of the church.

A world-class program at considerably lower cost than DMin programs elsewhere, our low tuition and block scheduling offer the financial and personal flexibility that busy practitioners need. Under the guidance of our outstanding faculty, candidates study cutting-edge theological, biblical and practical bases of ministry, and complete a project that strengthens their current ministry even as they earn their degree.

The program is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
 
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TRACKS


Pastoral Care and Counseling

The DMin in Pastoral Care and Counseling (PCC) track is designed to offer a flexible advanced program of training that leads to doctoral-level competence in the practice of pastoral care and counseling. The DMin in Pastoral Care and Counseling requires that students use one of the three Advanced Practice Courses (APCs) in the program to improve their skills in some clinical area. Student goals for the PCC track may include, but are not limited to:

1)    Improving skills in parish counseling or pastoral care;
2)    Completing requirements for certification as a chaplain (Association of Professional
       Chaplains);
3)    Expanding theological and spiritual reflection skills as an already licensed marriage and
       family therapist, professional counselor, social worker or psychologist; and
4)    Completing requirements as an ACPE supervisor or AAMFT Approved Supervisor, or
       completing other professional credentials.

Black Church Studies
Building on the traditions of the Black Church, the primary purpose of the Black Church Studies program at Louisville Seminary is to educate, equip and prepare leaders for African American churches and communities in ways that enable them to navigate issues affecting the Black community. Equally important is our commitment to facilitating dialog, mutual understanding, respect, and ministry between the Black Church and the wider Church in the world.

The DMin in Black Church Studies is designed to offer a flexible advanced program of training that leads to doctoral-level competence in a wide variety of areas: preaching, pastoral care, Christian education, evangelism, congregational development and redevelopment, and community engagement, with an eye toward how these issues affect or are affected by the Black Church and Black community. The program is designed to enhance critical theological thinking and reflection skills that are then used to inform current or proposed ministry practice.

Advanced Practice of Ministry
The DMin in Advanced Practice of Ministry is designed to offer a flexible advanced program of training that leads to doctoral-level competence in a wide variety of areas: preaching, pastoral care, Christian education, evangelism, mission, worship, congregational development and redevelopment, and community engagement.   

The program is designed to enhance critical theological thinking and reflection skills that are then used to inform current or proposed ministry practice.


ADMISSION, APPLICATION AND REQUIREMENTS


Considerable work is required in preparation for the Seminars. Seminar I is offered each January and June. A $75 application fee is required. Application deadline for January admission: September 1.

The Advanced Degrees Committee bases its admission decisions on the following criteria (not necessarily in this order or priority.)
    •    An accredited BA or BS and a BD or MDiv or its equivalent.
         View the MDiv Equivalency Requirements.
    •    “B” average (3.0 of 4.0 scale) or higher in MDiv work.
    •    Minimum of three years post-MDiv ministry experience.  
    •    Currently engaged in a recognized form of professional ministry.
    •    References from a peer in ministry, a layperson, an ecclesiastical supervisor, official church  
          body, and former professor.
    •    Clarity, viability, need, and seriousness of objectives (why the candidate is pursuing the DMin).
    •    Availability of Seminar I openings.

An interview with the Advanced Degrees Committee or a visit to a career counseling center or both may be required.

APPLICATION


Seminar I is offered each January. A $75 application fee is required. Application deadline for January admission is September 1. The application and reference forms can be completed and submitted with the application fee online.

DMIN APPLICATION FORM


TRANSFER STUDENTS

Transfer credit from another Doctor of Ministry program or other post-Master of Divinity work normally cannot exceed three (3) credit hours and cannot replace the four required DMin seminars.  For more details, please see the LPTS Catalog.

TUITION AND FEES

$ 11,500 Total Tuition for the entire program* (Payable across 6 semesters for the first 3 years;
every Dec 15/May 15

  • $75 Application Fee
  • $750 Continuation Fee Each Semester beyond the Sixth Semester of Study

* Tuition does not include costs for programs, conferences or other classes not associated with Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

OTHER COSTS TO CONSIDER

Students should also consider the following costs:

  • Travel to and from Louisville
  • Housing Costs (On-Campus Housing at Laws Lodge is typically $75 per night)
  • Books and incidentals
  • Food

LOCATION OF CLASSWORK AND ACCOMMODATIONS

All seminars and classes are held at Louisville Seminary, located at the intersection of two beautiful city parks in eastern Louisville. Students are encouraged to stay in the on-campus Lifelong Learning facility, Laws Lodge Retreat and Conference Center. All guest rooms have private bath, phone, television, and wireless internet access. The Seminary dining room is available for breakfasts and lunches.

Access to Seminary’s theological library is further supplemented by close proximity to the libraries of other local seminaries and universities in the Metroversity consortium.

Louisville, Kentucky, located on the Ohio River, is home not only to the Kentucky Derby, but also to the University of Louisville, a minor league baseball team, the Louisville “Bats,” many excellent arts opportunities including an outstanding repertory theater, Actors Theater, and an unusual number of fine restaurants and exciting night life.


SCHEDULE

Year One
Seminar I (January)/2 Weeks/6 Credits
Seminar II (June)/1 Week/4 Credits
Advanced Practice Course 3 Credits*

Year Two

Seminar III (January)/1 Week/4 Credits
Advanced Practice Course 3 Credits*
Seminar IV (June)/2 Weeks/6 Credits
Approval of Prospectus

Year Three

Advanced Professional Course/1 Week/3 Credit hours*
Project in Ministry (Completed by Mar 1 or Oct 1) 7 Credit Hours

 *Note:  Advance Practice Courses (APCs) may be taken any time throughout the year after completing DMin Seminar II.  Advanced Practice Courses (APCs) may not be taken prior to DMIN II without the written permission of the Associate Dean.


If you need more information, please write, call, e-mail, or fax your request to:

The Office of Admissions
Louisville Seminary
1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40205-1798

800.264.1839 or
502.895.3411, ext. 373
Fax 502.992.9399
E-mail: admissions@lpts.edu

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