Deepen your practice of ministry with a Doctorate

Lancaster Theological Seminary’s fully accredited, Doctor of Ministry program for religious professionals is designed to help you:

  • Grow spiritually
  • Lead with inspiration and insight
  • Inquire deeply through study and research
  • Engage in rich dialogue with renowned faculty and engaged colleagues from many faith traditions.

The Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program is Anne T. Thayer, PhD, Professor of Church History.

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Earn your Doctorate in 4 years, or choose our accelerated option and graduate in 3 years!

Convenient online learning

Spend 5 days on campus in the fall & spring

Our DMin program:

  • Integrates theological reflection with your ongoing practice of ministry;
  • Provides opportunities to learn with and from peers;
  • Blends convenient online coursework with powerful on-campus intensive courses one week each semester.

Our DMin program offers you a rare and valuable opportunity to engage with others on the big questions:

  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How wide is God’s mercy?
  • What is the nature of power?
  • What is needed for human flourishing?

Two Semesters Each Year: Fall & Spring

  • Take 7 courses over 6 semesters; each course requires:
    • Initial online synchronous session;
    • Online asynchronous learning;
    • One-week (five days) on-campus intensive.
  • Increased course load accelerates the program.
  • Devote your last year to completing your major project and final presentation.

Admission Requirements

  • Accredited Master of Divinity degree, ministry related or religious studies master’s degree
  • Significant ministerial experience (usually 3-5 years)
  • The ability to thoughtfully interpret scripture and theological tradition
  • The ability to articulate a self-understanding of  ministerial identity and vocational calling.

Click here for the full description of admission requirements.

Dynamic Electives

  • Theological Improv
  • Forming Faith in an Internet World
  • Grief & Trauma Informed Ministry
  • What Happens When All Are Welcome?
  • Sustaining Spiritual Life in the 21st Century
  • Where Theology & Strategic Planning Meet
  • Social Justice & Faith Communities

Exciting Core Courses

  • Listening as an Act of Love
  • America’s Changing Religious Landscape
  • Developing Leaders and Cultivating Partnerships
  • Major Project Proposal Preparation

Earn your DMin in 4 years!

(accelerated option available)

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Doctor of Ministry Tuition and Fees

DMin 2023-24 Tuition

Returning Students

$3,497 Tuition per semester (the 3-year program includes 6 semesters)
$2,572 Tuition per semester (the four-year program includes 8 semesters)

New Students

$700 Per Credit Hour (for students entering Fall 2023 and forward)

$515 Major Project Supervisor Fee – per semester
$206 Major Project Consultation Fee – one-time fee
$210 Intensive Room Fee (6 nights each intensive)

Click here for the 2023-24 tuition and fee sheet