1. What is the overall program cost? 



Registration Fees:

Technology Fees:


Room and Board for Colloquies:

Flights for Colloquies:

Nazarene Tuitition Discount: 



$19,620 (36 hours at $545 per*)




Varies by track

Varies by track




*Dependent on Current Tuition Rate

2. Where will I be and when? 


Innovative Leadership


Spiritual Formation

Each track will feature classes domestically and internationally. The Associate Director of the Doctor of Ministry program will coordinate with students for lodging, transportation and any other basic needs during the colloquy weeks. 

  • September 3-8: Kansas City Colloquy 
  • June 3-8: Costa Rica Colloquy
  • June 1-6: Los Angeles Colloquy
  • May 2021: Graduation (Kansas City)
  • August 27-September 1: Kansas City Colloquy
  • May 20-25: San Diego Colloquy
  • May 18-23: Ireland Colloquy
  • May 2021: Graduation (Kansas City)

3. What does the program mean by Learning Hours? 


The program consists of 36-credit hours. Each credit hour is awarded for 45-50 hours of learning (including, but not limited to, reading, writing, online forum participation, and face-to-face meetings). Thus a 3-credit hour class would be equivalent to 135-150 hours of learning activities. 

4. What are differences between each course type? 


Each track in the Doctor of Ministry program consists of three primary course types: core, customized, and research. 

  • Core Courses form the foundation of the track, consisting of six courses that make up 15-credit hours of the program. Each of the three primary professors will facilitate two of these courses. 
  • Customized Courses creates space for specialization within the track. The program contains four customized courses that make up 12-credit hours of the program. The student has a plethora of options to fulfill these hours with the approval of their Faculty Advisor. 
    • Doctoral level coursework at other accredited seminaries or universities, transferred to NTS. 
    • NTS or other accredited master's level courses with extra reading and DMin-appropriate application assignments under the supervision of an NTS faculty member or NTS-designated faculty member.
    • Attendance at an off-site conference or similar "experiential learning event" with supplemental reading and DMin-appropriate application assignments under the supervision of an NTS faculty member of NTS-designated faculty member.
    • Directed Research with an NTS faculty member for a maximum of 3-credit hours. 
  • Research Courses prepare the student for successful completion of the final research project. There are four research courses  comprising 5-credit hours of the program: 
    • Research Course 1: Orientation to Professional Research (1 Credit Hour)
    • Research Course 2: Contextual Research Application (1 Credit Hour)
    • Research Course 3: Topic Development and Design (1 Credit Hour)
    • Research Course 4: Design Form and Writing Plan (2 Credit Hours)

5. How are Faculty Advisors assigned? 


When a student is admitted into the program, a Faculty Advisor will be assigned by the Associate Director of the Doctor of Ministry program in consultation with the Doctor of Ministry Advisory Committee. The Advisor will be chosen based on the area of interest expressed in the Research Statement submitted for application to the program. 

5. How Long is residency?


Residency is the actual time spent on a site. There are three 1-week site visits over the duration of your program. Each track has a different site location. Spiritual Formation meets in Kansas City, San Diego, and Ireland. Innovative Leadership meets in Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Costa Rica.

6. What is the difference between a Phd and the Doctor of ministry degree?


The Doctor of Ministry Degree is a professional degree, which means that the curriculum is focused on advancing knowledge and skills necessary for the practice of a profession--much like a Doctor of Medicine (MD). A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), on the other hand, is a research degree, which means that it prepares a candidate to do narrow, scholarly research on a topic in order to contribute to the advancement of an academic discipline. Students interested in the Doctor of Ministry program can expect to develop further in their professional practice. Further, they will make important contributions to their field of practice.

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