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, …



  • 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


  • 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 数学分 Year 1 Semester 2 Residency 数学分
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 数学分 Year 2 Semester 2 Residency 数学分
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 数学分 Year 3 Semester 2 Optional Residency 数学分
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)

第一学期 数学分 第二学期 数学分
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 -

PhD(PT) Program (Full-time)

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


在新神,我们会采取混成式学习(blended learning)的模式,即兼用实体和在线的各种平台,来设计各式各样的同步与非同步学习活动,以此建立我们的群体。因此,学生将会从各类面对面与在线学习活动中,在新神体验到更丰富的学习。