Doctor of Ministry

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Program Overview

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is a 28-unit degree that offers opportunities for spiritual development as well as for growth in knowledge and pastoral competency. The D.Min. program concludes with a professional project that is designed to benefit the student’s own ministry and contribute to broader religious communities. Claremont School of Theology has three avenues for pursuing the D.Min. degree.

Students who enroll in the Mentoring D.Min. program participate in the semester schedule at CST taking face-to-face, online, hybrid, or intensive classes during the regular academic year. Students are empowered to follow their particular academic and ministerial interests under the personalized guidance of a faculty mentor. Learn more.
The Doctor of Ministry in Practical Theology of Conflict, Healing and Transformation in Korean Contexts Program is specifically designed for Korean and Korean American religious professionals who work in Korean or other intercultural contexts. Courses are taught by faculty from CST and other Korean and Korean-American scholars from other theological schools. This program arises from the contemporary Korean and other intercultural ministry contexts in which rapid social changes result in many forms of individual, familial, congregational, and social conflicts. Instruction is in Korean. Learn more.
The new Hybrid/Online Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice, and Strategic Leadership Program is designed for clergy and other spiritual leaders of any tradition, including leaders in transition. Students are expected to take one multi-day, in-person intensive a year and may take up to half of the degree online.  Learn More.

D.Min. Mentoring Doctor of Ministry Curriculum

TIS4003Contexts of Ministry (2 week Summer intensive)
TIS4005D.Min. Thesis & Project Research Colloquium (January – 2 weeks)
TDI4098Professional Project

D.Min. in Practical Theology of Conflict, Healing, and Transformation in Korean Contexts Curriculum

Six courses are required for completion of coursework. Each session offers two courses offered on campus (in May/June) or in Korea (in January). The following course offerings may be revised based on institutional needs.

The D.Min. Program begins with a required one-day Orientation in May or January.

Core Courses – 8 units  
K435Research Methods & Project Seminar in Practical Theology4 units
TDI4098Professional Project4 units
Elective Courses
16 units
(from the following courses) 
K320/420A Practical Theological Approach to Conflict and Reconciliation4 units
K321/421A Crosscultural and Theological Approach to Healing, Reconciliation and Transformation4 units
K422Gender Related Conflicts, Healing and Transformation in the Korean Church4 units
K423Interpreting Conflict, Healing and Reconciliation in the New Testament4 units
K424Healing and Transformation through Preaching and Worship4 units
K425Healing Relationships in Conflict: Marital Education and Therapy4 units
K431Group Dynamics and Small Group Care and Counseling toward Healing4 units
K434Interpreting Conflict, Healing and Reconciliation in the Old Testament4 units
K436Liberating Spiritual Formation Toward Wholeness and Reconciliation4 units
K437Conflict, Healing and Transformation in the Postcolonial World4 units
K438Transforming Self and Educational Ministry in the Multicultural World4 units
k439Conflict, Healing and Reconciliation in Family Therapy4 units

D.Min.  Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice and Strategic Leadership (Hybrid/Online)

TSF4046Spiritual Renewal for Engaged Compassion (January)
TSF4043Discernment-Based Strategic Leadership (January)
TSF4047Contemplative Practice and Conflict Transformation (January)

Professional Project

  • TDI4098

    Professional Project

  • D.Min. Thesis & Project Research Colloquium (January – 2 weeks)

  • TIS4005

    The D.Min. Thesis & Project Research Colloquium provides D. Min students with a basic introduction and orientation to the tasks and requirements of the D. Min project.

    The course will review the necessary tasks of research, writing, presentation, documentation and bibliographic forms that the research project will require.

  • Contexts of Ministry (2 week Summer intensive)

  • TIS4003

    Contexts of Ministry is an introductory course to the Doctor of Ministry program. The course is designed to help students (i) reflect on their own vocation and the context of their ministries (ii) attend to the role of research, reading, writing, and teaching for their own continuing education and vocational goals (iii) engage sacred texts, theological or ethical constructs, social and cultural contexts to explore ministry in the local community and the world.

  • Compassion Based Approaches to Conflict (January)

  • TSF4047


  • Discernment-Based Strategic Leadership (January)

  • TSF4043

    This course explores the contributions of spiritual discernment processes, contemplative practice, and compassionate relationality to organizational leadership. Topics will include grounded and generative approaches to strategic visioning, decision-making, conflict transformation, team-building, and creating organizational cultures that promote compassion, dignity, empowerment, effectiveness, and personal and social renewal.

  • Spiritual Renewal Through Engaged Compassion (January)

  • TSF4046

    This hybrid course for the Doctor of Ministry Program in Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice and Strategic Leadership, will teach contemplative, relational, and socially engaged spiritual practices that cultivate the interpersonal skills necessary for wise, effective, and compassionate leadership in communities, interreligious contexts, organizations and the world.