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Doctor of Ministry

Policies & Requirements

  • Expository Preaching
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Christian Leadership
  • Great Commission Mobilization/Gospel Advance
  • Disciple-Making
  • Pastoral Ministry
    Pastoral Care,
    Next Generation Ministry)
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Transfer of Credit
Transfer of credit from other accredited D.Min. Programs or post M.Div. Programs will be considered by the Director on a case-by-case basis.  Minimally, all transfer students must complete satisfactorily at least 14 credit hours of D.Min. work at Southeastern Seminary, including the Ministry Project and Project Report (6 credit hours), two intensive seminars (6 credit hours), and the Research Methods and Project Proposal Workshop (2 credit hours).

Technological Requirements
A computer and internet capability are required components of the Doctor of Ministry Program. Southeastern utilizes the internet to allow the students in an individual cohort to maintain contact with each other, to complete specific online assignments, and to interact with the faculty. In addition, every student at Southeastern is assigned a Southeastern email address. Students are required to check this official address regularly to receive communication from the seminary. This email address can be set by the student to automatically forward messages to another address of the student’s choosing. 

Students should also become familiar with CampusNet through which a student accesses his or her registration, grades, accounting statements, course description and materials. An orientation session for technological usage and specific educational software utilized in the program will be a part of the first seminar for each student.

Form and Style Requirements
All written assignments must conform to the guidelines provided by Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (7th ed.; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007) with special attention and care taken for the preparation of the final Ministry Project Report manuscript.  For other matters not addressed by Turabian, The Chicago Manual of Style (14th ed.; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, l993) must be consulted.  If there are questions which are not answered by these two sources, the student should consult the Faculty Supervisor/Chair of his or her Supervisory Committee. 

All submitted written assignment must be typed on a computer unless the professor specifies otherwise. Copies (other than final Ministry Project Reports) may be either good quality copies prepared by a photocopier or a letter quality computer printer.  The form of the copies of the final Ministry Project Report will be discussed in detail later in this handbook.

Registration Enrollment
Instructions concerning how to register for initial classes will be sent to students upon approval. Further instructions will be provided while students are on campus for seminars about online registration. Students will receive an email notification prior to open registration to proceed with online registration.
Students in the degree program are required to maintain continuous year round enrollment for the length of the entire program. This program demands a high level of commitment from each student to actively participate for at least three years.

Continuous Enrollment Extensions
In order to progress through the program and to be awarded the degree, every student must maintain an academic average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Failure to do so will result in a probationary warning. Following the warning, if a student fails in the next course to maintain a 3.0 they will face possible dismissal from the program.

The Doctor of Ministry program requires a minimum of three years.  Extensions in time beyond the three years require the consent of the Director and the Faculty Supervisor. If continuing enrollment status is granted the student must enroll in the Continuous Enrollment Course and pay the equivalent of three hours at the current tuition rate each semester for which the extension occurs.   In no case shall there be more than three years of continuing enrollment status. The program requires completion between three and six years.
Continuous Enrollment Extension status does count toward the final, maximum time limit of six years for the program. No additional fees are charged during this time period.
Any exception to these policies must be approved by the Director and the Dean of the Faculty. 

Withdrawal from Enrollment 

Any student seeking a complete and final withdrawal from the program should first seek counsel from his or her Faculty Supervisor, Field Mentor, and the Director. To withdraw means the student is leaving the program and does not intend to continue his or her work. Requests for withdrawal must be submitted in writing through the Doctor of Ministry Office. Failure to do so may result in increased fees and penalties. Once a student withdraws they may not reapply for admission back into the program except under extreme circumstances and rare exception from the Director and the Dean of the Faculty. Even if an exception is granted the applicant must reenter the admissions process beginning with the pre-application phase and any previously completed SEBTS D. Min. work will not count toward the degree.
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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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