Doctor Of Ministry

Available at the Charlotte and Orlando Campuses

Today’s Christian leaders cannot afford to stop growing and learning. Advanced, professional training for enhanced ministry effectiveness is no longer a luxury—it’s a necessity! The Doctor of Ministry is a second professional degree designed for those in full-time Christian ministry, especially those serving in the local church, to further equip you for faithful ministry. The Doctor of Ministry degree program will help you successfully manage the demands of ministry and provide you with spiritual renewal, sharpen your ministry skills, and deepen your understanding of Scripture and the historic Reformed tradition. It is built upon the biblical, theological, and professional foundations of the Master of Divinity degree. The program is designed to be flexible enough to meet individual needs while seeking to encourage increased competence in the areas of most importance, such as preaching, teaching, shepherding, leading, etc.

Course Curriculum

The Doctor of Ministry requirements are the successful completion of thirty semester hours, which are offered in eight courses, plus a doctoral project. The program is designed to accommodate the heavy ministry schedules of today’s Christian leaders. We offer 2 one-week intensive courses in January and July on the Charlotte and Orlando campuses each year. RTS offers two emphases Reformed Expository Preaching and Reformed Theology and Ministry.

Reformed Expository Preaching Emphasis:
3 Bible courses
4 Elective courses
1 Project Research course
8 course total
Reformed Theology and Ministry Emphasis:
3 Historical/Theological courses
4 Elective courses
1 Project Research course
8 course total

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the Doctor of Ministry program must meet the following:

  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Degree from an ATS accredited theological school or
  • Fulfill an RTS M.Div. equivalency consisting of: 30 hours (OT/NT), 30 hours (HT/ST), 15 hours (PT), 6 hours – one year of either Greek or Hebrew, for a total of 81 hours.
  • A student applying for Biblical Studies and Preaching Emphasis would need to have at least one year of both biblical language – one language would be part of the 30 hour total in biblical area.
  • 3.0 (B) grade-point average during M.Div. studies
  • Six hours in the biblical languages
  • Three years of full-time ministry experience after completing the M.Div.

New students may begin with courses offered either in January or July of each year. Applicants should apply at least three months in advance in order to complete the pre-course reading assignments. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply now.

Church Partnership Program

The Church Partnership Program (CPP) fosters significant involvement of the student’s home church with the student and with the seminary. The CPP is a matching program which matches dollar for dollar up to 1/3 of the student's tuition cost. Most commonly this means the student pays for 1/3 of their tuition, the church contributes 1/3 toward the student's tuition, and RTS contributes 1/3 toward the student's tuition. To learn more, visit the CPP page.

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