The Doctor of Ministry program is designed for ministry professionals who desire to enhance their leadership skills and theological imagination. While remaining fully immersed in their own ministry context, students are invited into a process of scholarly community engagement with a cohort of peers in order to cultivate effective ministries in a changing world.
Intended for those with a Master of Divinity or equivalent masters degree, the DMin program welcomes qualified applicants, lay and ordained, from the ministries of parish and congregational leadership, religious education, preaching, worship, pastoral care, hospital chaplaincy, and other forms of ministerial leadership.
The DMin is a conjoint degree conferred by the University of Toronto and the student's college of registration. Six of TST's seven member colleges offer the conjoint DMin program (St. Augustine's Seminary offers basic degree programs only). See Choosing a College.
- The DMin program provides advanced study for those who are already engaged in the practice of ministry in its varied forms.
- The emphasis of the program is on advancing personal, professional, and theological integration in order to help participants achieve a high level of competency in the practice of ministry and its theoretical underpinnings.
- A flexible, ecumenical, cross-cultural program that draws on students’ own expertise in ministry; students remain in their existing ministry base throughout the program.
- Students gain advanced expertise in the general practice of ministry as well as advanced skill in a specialized area of research particular to the students' ministry.
- The program enables critical reflection on students' practice of ministry in collaboration with other students in the program.
- The DMin is a normally completed in four (4) years and is structured for students to continue to work full-time in their ministries while progressing through the program. Two to three weeks each spring are spent at TST on the University of Toronto, St. George campus.