Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

Q: When is the deadline for applying?

A: Applications materials may be submitted at any time throughout the academic year.  Applications must be received by December 15 each year for matriculation in the Spring semester or the next year's July Term.  Applications must be received by April 30 for matriculation in Ministry Coaching I during the Summer or Fall semester.

Q: How much will it cost?

A: Tuition for the D.Min. program at McAfee will vary by small amounts from year to year. The 2010-2011 tuition for the entire 33 hour program is set at $11,616 ($352 per credit hour). An application fee of $50.00 (non-refundable) is required, and a thesis binding fee of a mimimum of $105 will be required at the end of the program. Transportation, housing, meals, books, and materials are all additional expenses paid for by the candidates.

Q: How long is the program?

A: The Doctor of Ministry Degree Program is a 33 hour program. Ministers considering the D.Min. program at McAfee should be prepared to spend a minimum of three years in pursuit of the degree. Completion of the program is normally in three and a half years, unless a leave of absence for specified reasons is granted.

Q: When may I begin the program?
A: Students may begin the program with the first unit of Ministry Coaching, offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer. Seminars are offered in July each year, with the possibility of January offerings, depending on enrollment.  The next seminar will be offered Tuesday through
Friday, July 6-23, 2010.

Q: How often will I need to be on campus?
A: Residency required on the McAfee School of Theology campus is limited to the three seminars (Tuesday through Friday for 3 week sessions) and a two week final project thesis workshop. Candidates are welcome to spend whatever additional time they wish for such purposes as library research, faculty consultation, preparation of workshop or final project thesis materials, and independent study. A final oral examination over your completed Project Thesis will require a trip to the campus.

Q: How do I apply?

A: You may download the application here.
Please address your application materials to:

Michelle Garber
Doctor of
Ministry Degree Program
McAfee School
of Theology
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, Georgia

Q: What are the eligibility requirements?
A: Admission is based on a total profile of the applicant, including academic performance and ministry experience. 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.

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.

Q: What if I have a theology degree that is not a Master of Divinity degree?
A: All applicants must have the equivalency of the Master of Divinity from a school accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. Applicants with a two-year degree from an ATS accredited school may complete additional hours to achieve equivalency and may be admitted to the D.Min. with the condition that the equivalency be met before beginning enrollment in the D.Min. program.  See M.Div. Equivalency statement on the web site.

Q: Where can I take the MAT?
A: When you receive an application to the D.Min. program you will notice that the Miller Analogies Test is required of all applicants. McAfee does not give this test, however, it is given in several of the major universities and testing sites around the Southeast. You may surf the web and find a location nearest you. For those who live in the Atlanta area the test may be taken at Georgia State University.

The Georgia State web site is:

For other locations.

When you take the Miller Analogies Test, please make sure that you instruct the testing center to mail all test results to Mercer University's Atlanta Campus, McAfee School of Theology, Doctor of Ministry Degree Program.

Q: Can I transfer credit from another D.Min. program?

A: The McAfee School of Theology Doctor of Ministry Program does not allow for transfer credit from other institutions.

Q:  I have my M.Div. from
McAfee School of Theology.  Why should I also complete a D.Min. from McAfee?

A: There are many options available for D.Min. study. The quality of the program you desire and your specific goals in ministry should determine where you might study. Consider that many of the networks for future ministry are developed in a D.Min. program.  We believe the McAfee program is of the highest quality and will enhance your calling for ministry wherever you may serve.


If you have a question that you do not see listed here,
please call the D.Min office at (678) 547-6412.

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