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The program of study required for the DMin degree will be no fewer than three academic years and no greater than six years. Entering students must understand the high level of commitment that is expected and required to actively participate in this degree program year round for this period of time. 

Admissions Requirements

  • A Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree or its equivalent from an institution  accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) or a regionally  accredited institution is required. For detailed information concerning the M.  Div. equivalency requirements, please contact the DMin office. 
  • A minimum master’s level cumulative grade point average of “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) is required to be considered for this program. Applicants with a cumulative grade point average lower than 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis and  may be admitted on academic probation if they successfully complete other requirements, including any additional required standardized testing (ex. Miller Analogies Test) and/or assignments as determined by the Director. 
  • Minimum of three years of full-time ministry experience in most cases is required after the post-graduate degree and prior to beginning the Doctor of Ministry Program.

    Explanation of the three years minimum:
    In the judgment of the faculty and the accrediting agency, the Doctor of Ministry Program is most effective when students bring to it a period of experience in ministry that follows the attainment of the first professional degree.

    The extremely rare exception to this policy will be based upon the normal considerations for admission plus age, years of experience, history of excellence in ministry, or outstanding prior academic performance. The DMin Director with the assistance of the DMin Program Committee will consider any exceptions. 
  • Potential for excellence in ministry is assessed on the basis of a letter of recommendation from the applicant's church, references from at least five specified persons acquainted with the applicant's ministry, a goals and ministry essay involving one's Christian experience, calling, church service, and response to an actual ministry case study.

The Application Process  

Special note: All returning documents are to be mailed directly to the Doctor of Ministry Office at SEBTS:

Doctor of Ministry Office
120 S. Wingate Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587-1889 

Application Deadlines

New students may seek admission to the DMin program at any time during the academic year. Deadlines for Applications:

  • October 1 for the January start
  • May 1 for the Summer start

The application must be approved prior to the beginning of a seminar in order to participate in the first seminar. The first on-campus seminar will be taught during the 1st full week in January (for the January Start) or the first full week in August (for the Summer Start). 

Pre-Application Process

1. Submission of a two page pre-application form. The Application form may be found on the SEBTS website by clicking here.

2. Submission of official transcripts of all academic work reflecting credit hours the applicant has completed beyond the secondary school level. 

Full Application Process

Applicants who successfully complete the pre-application process will be permitted to complete the full application form in order to continue the admission evaluation process. The applicant will receive a letter or an email announcing approval to continue the application process and directions on where to obtain the full application packet for completion. The applicant will mail all completed documents directly to the Doctor of Ministry Office at SEBTS. For the full application process, click here.

Admission Exceptions

The Director and DMin Program Committee may consider students who do not meet the admission requirements. Approval of these rare exceptions is governed by both institutional and accreditation standards. They may be required to take a standardized test and/or write a satisfactory critical book review. Guidelines for writing a critical book review will be provided by the DMin Office. In addition, they must obtain a 3.0 on all doctoral work for one year or they will not be allowed to continue in the program. 

The Application Process for International Students

The admissions procedure for international students requires additional information and processing time due to seminary policies and the requirements of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. International applications take approximately 45 days to process after all required items are received by the Admission’s Office.

The following items are needed before an application is considered in the DMin office: 
  1. Submission of the two page Pre-application form.
  2. Submission of WES Evaluated Transcripts of all academic work reflecting credit hours the applicant has completed beyond the secondary school level.

    World Education Services (WES) Evaluation Requirement
    Due to the difficulty in interpreting international transcripts, a WES (World Education Services) evaluation is required of all students who have studied outside of the United States. All official transcripts from non-US educational institutions – high school as well as any post-secondary transcripts must be translated (as applicable) into English, and sent directly to WES by the issuing institution. This is a requirement before your admissions file will be considered complete. You will find all the information you need at, including application for Course-by-Course evaluation. 
    Request a copy of the report to be sent to "a third party" and indicate the following:

    Office of Admissions
    The College at Southeastern
     PO Box 1889
    Wake Forest, NC 27588-1889
  3. Complete the International Packet provided from the DMin office.
  4. Submit all required items in the Full Application packet.
  5. Upon completion of the full-application packet, the applicant will be interviewed by the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program to determine the prospect’s potential for acceptance into the program.  The interview may be held by telephone or in person.(The applicant or Director of the DMin program may terminate the application process at any time.)

    For admissions, visa, finances and traveling information to Southeastern, please visit the International Students link from the Admissions tab at The International Student Handbook, as well as all necessary forms may be accessed from the “Forms and Links” toolbar to the right of the International Students home page.
Tuition and Fees
  1. A Program fee of $300 will be required after an applicant’s acceptance into the program. This fee will be paid up front before beginning the first seminar. 
  2. Tuition cost will be paid at a set per hour tuition rate ($285/SBC in the 2012-13 academic year) and can be arranged through the seminary’s convenient FACTS monthly payment plan. Tuition for Non-SBC students is $415 per hour rate.
  3. Textbooks will be required for each seminar and workshop. Students may order the books from the Lifeway Bookstore on campus or any other outlet. The cost will differ depending on the particular course. Some courses may require materials beyond the textbooks. 
  4. Housing cost will be determined by the student’s choice. Housing options are available at the following link
  5. Proofreader support for the Project Proposal and the Project Report is a service provided to students for the cost of $1.50 per page and will be arranged through the DMin office. This service requires a student to send a hard copy of each document to the DMin office. This service is provided because students have faced difficulty finding a qualified person, who understands the seminary standards for formal writing, to proofread these documents.
    The DMin office has secured the services of one of our top proofreaders on campus for proofreading to help our students. This service will provide evaluation consistent with the seminary expectations. Students may requests a second reading for the cost of 75 cents per page. While the service is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended due to the style and form problems experienced by so many students. 
  6. Project and Graduation costs will be charged at the conclusion of the program. These costs will cover the additional fees for the binding of their Ministry Project Report and Graduation.
Additional Information
  1. For information about the FACTS payment program, online payments, FAQ’s and upcoming deadlines please visit the “Tuition and Fees” section under the Admissions tab or visit the “Payments and Deadlines” under the Accounting Services Section in the Student Portal from  You may also ask to speak with an Accounting Service Coordinator by calling the Accounting Office at (919) 761-2207. 
  2. Failure to pay fees on schedule may result in dismissal from the program. 

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  • Wake Forest, NC 27588
  • Phone: (919) 761 - 2100
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  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission.
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