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Yes! Up to two doctoral courses taken prior to admission may be applied toward degree requirements. This provision allows qualified students to 'try' CIU's D.Min. program before signing up.
Since doctoral seminars afford contact with professors and interaction with peers, presence on campus is an important part of the D.Min. experience. Other options exist, however. One or two courses may be taken at the 6000 or 7000-level, either on campus or through our Distance Education Center. Subject to approval, one or two doctoral level courses also may be transferred into the program from another seminary or university. Of the required twenty-four semester course hours, twelve must be resident hours.
Applicants must hold an M.Div. degree (or equivalent) and have three years of post-M.Div., active ministry involvement, and a 3.0 GPA to qualify for admission. (To estimate equivalence, compare the requirements for the Seminary's M.Div. Program 2 degree.) These requirements reflect national standards and should be the same at all accredited seminaries.
Since the D.Min. is designed to enhance the ministry competence of practicing professionals, courses are scheduled to accommodate the schedules of students in ministry. Doctoral courses consist of three segments: pre-seminar assignments, the doctoral seminar, and post-seminar assignments.
Pre-seminar work typically entails both reading and writing assignments. Post-seminar work typically includes a project and/or an integrative paper.