Top 3 Online Schools for Doctor of Ministry Degree Programs


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Earning a Doctor of Ministry degree allows ministry, theological, and pastoral professionals to connect more closely with their congregations and communities. These individuals possess highly enhanced skills in biblical interpretation and analysis, as well as communication and critical thinking skills which allow them to successfully convey their ministerial analyses. Graduates from one of these fine online institutions will advance current careers and will have the ability to further maneuver within the discipline to specializations and areas of their choosing.

These institutions were chosen for several factors that put them ahead of other online graduate programs—due to the: nature of the coursework, degree of thoroughness and complexity of the curriculum, sufficient financial aid availability, and an education that give students more than just classroom experience. In developing this list,, chose not to list the schools in an ordered way, but instead highlighted twenty of the very best programs, all of which have their own unique strengths.


Program Standouts:
This prominent online, Christian institution provides Doctor of Ministry distance education students with the opportunity to “interact with an array of well-known church leaders.” This program is well-suited for pastors, missionaries, and other church professionals.

Campus Location: Lynchburg, VA

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Tuition and Fees:

  • $570 per credit hour—tuition
  • $25 per credit hour—intensive fee
  • $50 per credit hour—administration fee
  • $50 one time—application fee

Types of Aid: Institutional, outside, and resident specific scholarship opportunities; federal, state, and institutional grants; federal and private loans; corporate tuition assistance; pre-paid education plans; vocational rehabilitation assistance; Military and Veterans’ benefits.

Acceptance Rate: 22%

Admission Requirements:
Applicants must submit a completed online application, the application fee, official college transcripts, official transcripts from an accredited graduate degree program in ministry representing at least a 3.0 GPA, two colleague recommendations, a professional vita showing three years of full-time ministry experience, a statement of purpose, and ecclesiastical endorsement. Applicants must hold a place in a current ministry where ministry-related project can be carried out.

Program Options:

  • Discipleship
  • Evangelism & Church Planting
  • Expository Preaching
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Worship

Degree Outcomes:
Liberty University‘s online program is designed to “help men and women develop a deeper understanding of biblical principles and strategies so they can serve effectively in a variety of pastoral roles.” Upon obtaining a D.Min., alumni will have the understanding and insight to extend their reach within ministries and communities.




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Program Standouts:
Bethel University trains Doctor of Ministry students to become “transformational ministry leaders,” who are vessels of positive change within their communities. This research-focused degree allows students to “tackle today’s problems head-on and address the burning issues facing the church and the world.”

Campus Location: St. Paul, MN

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Tuition and Fees:

  • $355 per credit hour—self-directed program tuition
  • $550 per credit hour—cohort-based program tuition

Types of Aid: Institutional, state, departmental, and outside scholarship opportunities; federal and private loans; Military and Veterans benefits.

Acceptance Rate: 82%

Admission Requirements:
Applicants must meet the requirements outlined on the application and must submit a completed application, official transcripts from accredited undergraduate and graduate institutions, and a statement of purpose.

Program Options:

  • Biblical and Theological Engagement
  • Church Leadership
  • Congregation and Family Care
  • Missional Effectiveness
  • Servant Leadership

Degree Outcomes:
Graduates will have learned how to service their community and find innovative solutions to the pressing issues the church faces by engaging in useful social research. Some career paths for Bethel alumni include non-profit directors, denominational executives, mission organization leaders, pastors and other church leaders, and non-governmental organizational leaders.




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Program Standouts:
The Luther Rice College and Seminary’s online Doctor of Ministry degree is designed to facilitate students’ ability to think critically, biblically, and theologically; and to communicate their thoughts to their ministry in a clear and effective manner. This program will provide students with advanced competencies and biblical insights into the ministry.

Campus Location: Lithonia, GA

Accreditation: Council for Higher Education Accreditation; Association of Biblical Higher Education; Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools

Tuition and Fees:

  • $289 per credit hour—tuition

Types of Aid: Federal grants; federal and private loans; federal work-study programs; institutional scholarship opportunities.

Acceptance Rate: unavailable

Admission Requirements:
Applicants must submit a completed application, official transcripts from an accredited graduate program in divinity representing a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and an entrance paper.

Sampling of Coursework:

  • Advanced Biblical Exposition
  • Contemporary Preaching
  • Advanced Biblical Counseling

Degree Outcomes:
Upon exiting this program, there are many career paths that await LRCS graduates, such as: senior pastor, christian author, traveling speaker, theologian, missions agency leader, college dean, professor, non-profit director, and executive administrator. Alumni go on to effect positive change within their ministerial environments.