FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Trustees for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary approved a change in the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree to shorten it from a four-year program to a three-year program. They voted on the recommended change during their spring meeting, April 6.
“We condensed the course of study from four to three years in order to improve our program by minimizing the time D.Min. students will be away from their ministries while still maximizing the course content,” Calvin Pearson, associate dean for the Doctor of Ministry program at Southwestern, said.
“Each of our areas of study will still be rigorous and have a major component of expository preaching, which is still the backbone of our program. We hope this new design will allow more students to take advantage of the excellent instruction that the Lord has provided through Southwestern.”
The current program consists of three yearlong seminars of eight hours each plus a one-year dissertation. The new program will consist of two yearlong seminars of 12 hours each plus a one-year dissertation. Additionallly, the total cost of the program has been reduced by $2,000 for both Southern Baptist and non-Southern Baptist students.