Bridging Religious and Cultural Divides

To be considered for admission to the D.Min. Program, a candidate must have received the Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from an accredited school with a minimum grade-point average of B (3.00). A candidate with a lower grade-point average may be considered on the basis of demonstrated ministerial effectiveness.

A candidate must have completed a minimum of three years in a chosen ministry since completing his or her first graduate theological degree.

For candidates who have completed advanced theological degrees other than the M.Div., equivalency is defined as having fulfilled specific ministry courses that are central to the M.Div. degree as defined by the UTS M.Div. Program. Applicants seeking equivalency will have their transcripts assessed to determine what additional coursework would be required for entry into the Program. Applications are reviewed by the Doctoral Admissions Committee.


Application Procedures

Applicants must submit the following materials:

•    A completed Doctor of Ministry application form.
•    Official transcripts from all colleges, universities and seminaries attended. These must be mailed directly to the UTS Admissions Office from the issuing institution. If the original transcript is in a language other than English, the applicant must also submit the English translation.
•    Two recommendation letters of which one must attest to the applicant’s ministry.
•    An autobiographical statement in the form of an extended essay. The essay should be 5-7 pages long and include:
1.    A review of past and current ministerial experience
2.    Reasons why the applicant wishes to pursue the D.Min. degree
3.    A theological reflection on the applicant’s ministerial goals
•    One digital and one passport-size photograph OR two passport-size photographs
•    TOEFL score of at least 550 (for non  native English speakers and whose M.Div. degree is from a non-English speaking institution).
•    Proof of immunization for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR).  Students born before 1/1/1957 are exempted from this requirement.
•    Application fee of $30.00.

Application requests should be sent to the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Dr. Kathy Winings, 30 Seminary Drive, Barrytown, NY 12507,  Forms are available on the web at Inquiries and questions may be addressed to Dr. Winings.

Admission Status

Students who are accepted into the Doctor of Ministry Program will be given either Full Standing – all required documents have been received, or Provisional Standing – not all required documents have been received. Applicants whose G.P.A. from their first advanced theological degree is less than B (3.00) will be admitted with Conditional Status and re-evaluated after the first term of study.

There is no Special Status in the D. Min. Program.

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