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Doctor of Ministry Degree Program

We are pleased that you are interested in admission to the McAfee School of Theology. The following instructions and materials on this page should simplify the process for you. The Doctor of Ministry Committee of the McAfee faculty serves as the admission committee for applicants. In evaluating an application, the committee reviews all of the qualifications of each applicant in terms of prior academic performance, commitment, and involvement currently in ministry, and quality of the essay material in terms of coherence, clarity of purposes for a D.Min. and style of writing.


To be eligible for the D.Min. program at McAfee, the applicant must:

(1) Hold the Master of Divinity degree (or its academic equivalent) from a theological seminary or divinity school fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (or recognized as such, if not a North American institution). 

(2) Be engaged in full-time active ministry, parochial or otherwise, in which the applicant can complete meaningful research integrating Biblical, theological, and pastoral insights into the practice of specific ministry.

(3) Have served in full-time ministry for at least three years following receipt of the basic M.Div. degree.

(4) Have official transcripts from all educational institutions previously attended sent to the D.Min. office. A grade point average of 3.25 from all M.Div work is normally expected.

(5) Score competitively on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We regard test results as helpful indicators of academic ability and achievement when considered thoughtfully among many other factors. A score on the MAT or GRE in or above the fiftieth (50th) percentile is normally expected. If English is a second language, a score of at least 215 (new scale) on the TOEFL is required.

(6) Provide three letters of reference in which assessment is made of the applicant’s ministerial practice.

(7) Write a personal essay describing your call to ministry including a theological self-reflection and a tentative sketch of a final ministry project.

Prior to Matriculation

Once admitted to the program, the applicant must provide endorsement from the congregation or ministry organization approving study time and project ministry support for initiatives in ministry associated with a Project Thesis. A form will be enclosed in the acceptance letter which must be returned prior to matriculation. A Mercer University Health Information Form must also be completed and filed prior to matriculation and will be included in the acceptance letter.

Please allow four to six weeks after submission of a complete application for a final decision to be communicated. Each candidate will be notified by letter by the Associate Dean upon acceptance or denial into the program.

McAfee accepts applications from all denominations provided they fall within the above guidelines. McAfee does not discriminate according to gender, age, ethnic origin, or race. Candidates with special needs should comply with Mercer University’s policy on special needs.

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