An advanced professional degree for experienced, spiritually rooted leaders and practitioners
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Highlights of the Doctor of Ministry journey:
- A distance learning DMin program that includes a few weeks in January on our pristine Berkeley, California campus, with the remainder of the program able to be completed online.
- Students can include a concentration as part of their program in such areas as pastoral ministries, social justice activism, and LGBTQ+ issues/contexts.
- Flexible program design allowing for different paces to fit the scheduling needs and goals of students (can finish as quickly as 25 months or take up to six years to complete the DMin degree).
- Enriched cohort learning environment, where every student journeys with a mentoring community comprised of their advisor, faculty, and cohort colleagues. From day one, each student journeys with other professionals as they work towards shaping their final project. A fundamental component of the mentoring environment at PSR happens during cohort conversations, an online platform running every semester, where the DMin cohort regularly shares with the group and has dialog and feedback on what they are learning in their other coursework, research, and how they are evolving their overall project. A frequently used resource are special reading courses shaped by the student and a faculty member concentrating on a particular component of the envisioned final project. No matter where a student lives, they stay in community with professionals as they shape their learning journey.
- Start any time during the year after being admitted.
- In the first year, students should plan to be at PSR two weeks in January to take the DM 6000 DMin seminar that spans two weeks of half-days with ample time to use our libraries and resources.
- Continuing seminars are the two, one-week face-to-face January seminars in Berkeley after completing the basic seminar.
- The rest of your courses may be taken in online and blended format, independent studies, or in approved courses offered in different geographical contexts.
For further program details, refer to the academic catalog.
2020 Doctor of Ministry Dissertations
2019 Doctor of Ministry Dissertations
- Daniel Schlorff, #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, and Other Consequences of Toxic Masculinity: Activating the Archetypal Powers of a Mature Masculine
- Robin Tanner, Chattel Theology: Liberating Protestant American Ecclesiology from Chattel Slavery and Free-Market Capitalism
- Bilal Ansari, Shepherding as Islamic Pastoral Theology: Case Studies in American Muslim Chaplaincy
- Robert J. McGrath, Issues of Pastoral Compensation: Doing Good While Making Do
- Don Morrow, Resurrection People in a Crucifixion Economy: Proclaiming Biblical Economic Justice in the Shadow of the Walmart Empire
- Marcia Ledford, Christian Progressive Political Theology: An Example of Acting on the Word in Immigration Reform
2018 Doctor of Ministry Dissertations
- Julia Dowd, Gathering the Graces: Women, the Spiritual Exercises, and Jesuit Education
2017 Doctor of Ministry Dissertations
- Makoto Kondo, The New Possibility of Mission in Japan
- Shannon Spencer, The Asheville Poverty Project
2016 Doctor of Ministry Dissertations
- Andy Burnette, Unitarian Universalism and the Working Class: Widening the Welcome
- Fred Grewe, The Soul’s Legacy: Discerning Your Life’s Meaning and Passing It on to Your Loved Ones
- George R. Martzen, A Place for the Stranger: Worship as the Spiritual Practice of Hospitality
- Megan Rohrer, Solo Gratia: An Analysis of the Faith and Faith Experience of Central City Pastors and LGBTQ+ Homeless and Hungry Individuals Living in San Francisco
- Roland Stringfellow, Liberating Religious Liberty