Doctor of Ministry

Now accepting applications for the
2021 Cohort of students,
which begins, April 1, 2021.
Deadline for application is March 15, 2021.

Doctor of Ministry Program

The University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary offers the terminal degree of Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.).  Bring your ministry into dialogue with the best insights from Scripture, Tradition, and human sciences.  The goal of the degree program is to develop pastoral leadership skills that meet the missionary needs of the church in today’s challenging cultural environment.  Through case studies and projects, drawn from ministerial experiences, scholars engage in integration and processing with the goal of acquiring advanced competency in ministerial leadership.   To achieve this goal, the program provides scholars with a community of practice where ministerial integration is combined with formal course work and research supervision. The D.Min. program is approved by the Association of Theological Schools.


The Doctor of Ministry program is a part-time, residential program that meets three-weeks of the year, for two years;  a total of 6 weeks.   Each week is a 3-credit course framed by pre-reading assignments and a major academic paper following the class.  In addition to the residential intensive courses (Sunday evening to Friday Noon), students fulfill the remaining requirement of 9 credits through three on-line courses from the University of St. Mary of the Lake.  The total number of credits required for the D.Min. is 30 credit hours of which, 3 credits are achieved through the Doctor of Ministry thesis project.

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Only those who fulfill the following pre-requisites will be considered for admission:

  • Involvement in at least three years of full-time pastoral ministry or equivalent
  • The M.Div. degree or its equivalent, 63 semester hours in theological disciplines plus 9 hours of supervised ministerial training (e.d. C.P.E., Parish Internship, Ministerial Practicum)
  • Manifest capability for advanced theological and ministerial education
  • Personal capacity for engagement in a peer-group oriented program
  • The potential value of the candidate’s contribution in advancing and improving ministerial life

The new cohort for the Doctor of Ministry and Post-Master Certificate programs will begin April 1, 2021.  The application and recommendation forms can be found below and are due March 1, 2021:

 All inquiries should be directed to:

Doctor of Ministry Program

Institute for Pastoral Leadership
1000 East Maple Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060
Telephone: 847-970-4804
Email: kszamocki@usml.edu

D.Min application form 2021

D.Min Recommendation Form 2021

Course Dates, Titles, and Descriptions for 2021-2023


Financial Information:

Doctor of Ministry Costs:

$20,000.00 for 3 online courses and 6 one-week intensives including  tuition, room and board paid over two year or $10,000.00 per year.  Payment plans can be arranged through the USML business office.