Program Description

The Doctor of Ministry curriculum contains a full spectrum of the important issues for which 21st Century men and women in Christian ministry must be thoroughly prepared. The Doctor of Ministry degree program curriculum is a mix of eight courses which are necessary for a successful contemporary ministry. Each course requires the selection of two textbooks for which Projects are required. An Audio Lectures subject list and textbook list is provided below. Four subjects are to be selected for personal enrichment in the D.Min. program.

The study program is culminated with the writing of the Capstone Project. This is a comprehensive summation of the learning experience in the degree program. It must include how the learning experience will be implemented, or is now being implemented, in the Degree candidate’s ministry. This fulfills the requirement for validation of Practical Ministry Outcome.

Program Requirements

Credits Required for the Doctor of Ministry: 128

Three Optional Prerequisites to Begin the Doctor of Ministry Program:

Note: Discuss with the Admissions Counselor the Atlantic Coast Fast Track M.Div./D.Min. option if you do not have a Master of Divinity degree or the two other optional prerequisites listed below.

  • A Master of Divinity degree.
  • A master’s degree and graduate credits totaling 96.
  • A master’s degree, transferable graduate credits, and remaining deficit credits earned in the Atlantic Coast Theological Seminary M.A. program, resulting in 96 graduate level credits.

Minimum Atlantic Coast Theological Seminary Credits: 32

Second Doctorate Privilege for the Doctor of Ministry: Discuss the benefits of the Second Doctorate Privilege with the Admissions Counselor.

Courses & Lectures


PM801 Pastoral Ministry

CC801 Christian Counseling

BS801 Biblical Theology

PM803 Pastoral Ministry

CC805 Ethics in Counseling

TH806 Pauline Theology

PM802 Pastoral Ministry II

CC804 Marriage Counseling

Audio Lectures

Leadership for Managers and Administrators

Communication for Administrators

Pastoral Mentoring

Performing Ministry Responsibilities

Expository Preaching

Management Science

Dynamic Pulpit Communication

Applicants with Published Writings

Applicants for the Doctor of Ministry degree may request examination of their published writing(s) for evaluation. The Admissions Counselor will discuss the criteria for acceptance. In some instances, published writing(s) may be considered equivalent to a course, or courses, in the Doctor of Ministry curriculum.

The Atlantic Coast Mission is to provide you with the courses, technology, and academic support to ensure that you obtain the specific knowledge, skills, and credentials to maximize your potential for the demands of the 21st Century.