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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.


The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree at Louisville Seminary is a structured program of lifelong learning designed for those who are seeking

  • A renewal of a sense of vocation to ministry,
  • A commitment to excellence in pastoral work and academic study.
  • A supportive and safe group of colleagues with whom one can learn and grow.
  • An opportunity to do genuine advanced academic study of the cutting edge of theological biblical, theological and practical bases of ministry
  • A chance to join the Louisville Seminary learning community in exploring the experience of ministry
    in varied contexts.

At Louisville, the DMin is designed with enough structure to help a busy religious leader negotiate the academic requirements, and with enough flexibility to pursue individual needs and interests. In the first two years of the program, students stay with a continuing learning group through four seminars of one or two weeks duration. New learning groups are formed in January of each year. Each seminar is team taught by a resident LPTS professor and a seasoned pastor adjunct professor. Advanced courses and a learning project in ministry complete the requirements for the degree.

Admission, Application, and Requirements

Considerable work is required in preparation for the Seminars. Seminar I is offered each January and June. A $62 application fee is required. Application deadline for January admission: September 1. For international students, the deadline is June 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.


Seminar I is offered each January. A $62 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

Tuition Costs

Louisville Seminary has a flat fee for DMin tuition depending on the track you choose:
  • The Pastoral Care and Counseling track is $9,000.
  • All other tracks are $8,000.
Tuition is paid in installments in the first two years of enrollment. Additional costs include books, travel, lodging and meals for the seminars and classes. DMin students ordinarily finance their degree expenses through a combination of congregational study-leave allowances, denominational or foundation grants, tax-free educational savings accounts, and personal budgeting.

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 open weekdays 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.

Contact Information

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 502.894.2286
E-mail: admissions@lpts.edu

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