Admission to the Doctor of Ministry program requires a minimum of three years post-masters in some form of professional ministry and a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited school, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a four-point scale. Applicants who have not completed the full equivalent of a three-year seminary degree but who have at least a two-year seminary degree are encouraged to apply for provisional admission to the program. If accepted, the student must complete the equivalent work for the Master of Divinity degree, as well as the regular Doctor of Ministry requirements. A Master of Divinity equivalency is defined as an educational portfolio of courses and experience that would be commensurate with the learning outcomes associated with the Master of Divinity degree.
Additional materials required with the application include college and graduate transcripts, a personal statement detailing the applicant’s ministry experience (three to four pages), a statement of personal objectives for the Doctor of Ministry program (three to four pages), specified recommendations, and a recommendation of support for involvement in the program from the congregation and/or board of the institution in which the student ministers. An admission interview and writing sample from master's work may be required. Complete information regarding application and admission requirements may be obtained through the Office of Admissions.
Persons interested in completing the program in less than the normal time may do so by transferring up to 12 semester credits into the program. These credits may be for doctoral-level work not applied to a completed degree program at other accredited seminaries or for special pastoral or congregational development programs offered by agencies that have cooperative educational arrangements with Bethel.
Part-time visiting students from other ATS-accredited Doctor of Ministry programs may take up to two courses (12 credits, based on availability) that may be transferred into their current programs.