Doctor of Ministry

Designed to enrich mature leaders of church denominations and parachurch organizations for greater effectiveness in leadership and ministry.

Why SBC? Our distinctiveness

Coursework highly integrated with dissertation, blended learning, Digital Theological Library, …


Entrance Requirements

  • Accredited MDiv, MA (relevant discipline) or equivalent, GPA ≥ 3.3
  • English proficiency:
    • IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL iBT 80 or pass an English reading exam
  • Submit an essay (600–1000 words) that demonstrates competency in logical analysis
  • Submit a one-page proposal that indicates your research interest and topic
  • Minimum five years of full-time ministry experience, three of which are in the same environment

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all coursework requirements with GPA ≥ 3.0
  • Submit an approved dissertation (around 50,000 words) and successfully defend it in an oral examination that demonstrates:
    • familiarity with forefront knowledge in the field of practice
    • the ability to identify challenges within one’s field of ministry
    • contextualized application of knowledge in one’s field of ministry
  • Demonstrate Christian character and spiritual maturity

Course cycle every semester

Year 1 Semester 1 Residency Credit Hours Year 1 Semester 2 Residency Credit Hours
Week 1
Course 1: Research and Writing
Week 2
Write: Dissertation Proposal, submit before Course 2
6 Week 1
Course 2: Culture and Context
Week 2
Write: Dissertation Literature Review
Year 2 Semester 1 Residency Credit Hours Year 2 Semester 2 Residency Credit Hours
Week 1
Course 3: Church Systems and Church Health
Week 2
Write: Dissertation Methodology
6 Week 1
Course 4: Communication and Proclamation Theory
Week 2
Write: Dissertation Research Analysis
Year 3 Semester 1 Residency Credit Hours Year 3 Semester 2 Optional Residency Credit Hours
Week 1
Course 5: Specialization
Week 2
Write: Dissertation Application
6 Dissertation Writing -
Year 4 Semester 1 Optional Residency Year 4 Semester 2 Optional Residency
Complete: Dissertation Writing Dissertation Oral Defense and Revision

Faculty Mentors in the DMin Program

Please see their research interests on their respective faculty webpage.

Qualified students may apply for PhD(Practical Theology) during the fourth semester:

PhD(PT) Entrance Requirements

  • DMin courses GPA ≥ 3.5
  • Pass competency exam

PhD(PT) Graduation Requirements

  • Present a research paper at an academic conference
  • Have a journal article accepted for publication
  • Pass comprehensive exams
  • Submit an approved dissertation (around 80,000 words) and successfully defend it in an oral examination that:
    • contributes new knowledge in the field of study
    • demonstrates contextual theological reflections of the knowledge
  • Demonstrate Christian character and spiritual maturity

PhD(PT) Preparatory Program (Full-time)

First Semester Credit Hours Second Semester Credit Hours
Research Workshops 0.5 - -
DMin Course 5: Specialization 6 Readings Course: Core (Herm/BT/Th) + PT 6
Core Course:
Philosophical Hermeneutics
6 Elective Course / Guided Study:
Biblical Theology (with missions emphasis)
Revise Dissertation Proposal 2 Dissertation proposal (early April) 2
Special Lecture & Pastoral Seminar - Special Lecture & Pastoral Seminar -


Year 1–1.5
Dissertation research & writing / Research Workshops Sem 1 / Pedagogical Practices Sem 2–3
Present research paper at academic conference,
submit article for journal publication
Acceptance of research article by journal for publication
Audit cross-disciplinary courses Oral defense and revision
Special Lectures & Pastoral Seminars

Blended Learning at SBC

At SBC, we seek to build up our community through blended learning: designing synchronous and asynchronous learning activities using both physical and online platforms. Students may expect to be enriched with a variety of face-to-face and online learning experiences during their studies at SBC.