Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


  1. MDiv equivalency of 72 credit hours.
    1. An earned MDiv Degree from an accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
    2. A master’s degree plus comparable graduate credits in other systems that represent broad-based work in theology, biblical studies, and the arts of ministry. Significant ministerial leadership can be considered, but ministerial experience alone is not considered the equivalent of or a substitute for the master’s degree.
    3. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for graduate degrees, transcripts of all degrees will be evaluated by the DMin Coordinator to determine what extra course work would be required to achieve MDiv equivalency. MDiv equivalency at NTS consists of 72 credit hours.
      1. In cases where the applicant's GPA is less than 3.0, additional written work and corroborating documentation may be required for evaluation.
    4. It is possible to be provisionally admitted into the DMin program with 12 credit hours or less of MDiv equivalency. In such cases, remaining coursework to achieve MDiv Equivalency will need to be completed during the first calendar year (three semesters) of the DMin program. The student may enroll in available NTS master’s level courses to complete their MDiv equivalency.
  2. A minimum of 3 years ministerial experience following the awarding of the first graduate theological degree. Exceptions may be made in cases where graduate degrees were earned while the applicant was serving in a full-time ministerial role.

Application requirements

  1. A completed NTS Application for Admission
    1. Early Application Deadline: February 15th
    2. Final Application Deadline: May 15th
  2. A $50 non-refundable application processing fee
  3. Three completed reference forms (link): 
    1. Ecclesial Employer/Supervisor--the person to whom the applicant is most directly accountable in the current ministry context
    2. Academic Professor--from the applicant's graduate theological degree program
    3. Layperson--non-relative from the applicant's current ministry context
    4. NOTE: Army Chaplains may submit the last two Officer Efficiency Reports (OERs) in lieu of the Ecclesial Employer/Supervisor and Lay Person references.
  4. Official transcripts detailing previous academic study from all universities or colleges attended, embossed with the school seal, and sent directly from the issuing institution. International students who have transcripts in a language other than English must provide official transcripts accompanied by certified English translations. 
  5. Personal and Professional Identity Paper--A 1,500-word typed paper that includes: 
    1. An overview of your personal spiritual and leadership journey with reference to all ministry experience, including your current ministry context (500 words)
    2. An articulation of the theology that undergirds your ministry, with references to thinkers and writers who shape your theological understanding and framework (750 words)
    3. An evaluation of your current professional and educational competence and goals (250 words)
    4. The Paper should demonstrate your ability to: organize your written thoughts clearly and coherently, using correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc., as well as appropriate and consistent form and style. Citations of sources should include full bibliographic information.
  6. Research Statement- A 500-word typed paper that includes: 
    1. Your research interest for appropriate Doctor of Ministry track. Specifically, how you envision narrowing your research focus based on your theological interests and the contextual challenge/problem you hope to address (300 words)
    2. A rationale for pursuing the Doctor of Ministry program, i.e., your vision for how the Program will contribute to your personal and professional development in your current ministry context (200 words)

application evaluation 

  1. Required interviews of the applicant by the Associate Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program (in person or by phone), and
  2. A possible interview by an Advisory Committee (at its discretion, in person or by phone). All interviews will be arranged by the Associate Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program who will communicate the pertinent information to the applicants. Communication of the committee's decision for Acceptance or Denial, or a request for more information will come from the Associate Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. 
  3. Admission to the program is valid for up to two entrance terms, subject to any change in the specialized track. If initial enrollment is postponed for more than two semesters, the applicants must reapply for admission. 
  4. Upon acceptance, an official letter of acceptance will be sent, along with an Enrollment Confirmation Form to be filled out by the student. This form must be completed and sent with $100 confirmation deposit to confirm enrollment in the student's first semester of courses. 

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