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 program that permits professionals to live and work anywhere while they study, save for three brief cohort intensives in Berkeley, CA.
- A flexible program design allowing for different paces to fit the scheduling needs and goals. Students can finish as quickly as 25 months or take up to six years to complete the DMin degree.
- At PSR, robust concentrations include congregational leadership, chaplaincy, social justice activism, and LGBTQ+ issues/contexts.
- 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. No matter where a student lives, they stay in community with professionals as they shape their learning journey.
- Cohort continuing seminars are two one-week face-to-face January seminars in Berkeley after completing the introductory cohort seminar.
- The nine credits of research electives may be taken in online and blended formats, independent studies, or in approved courses offered in different geographical contexts.
- Start any time during the year after being admitted.
For further program details, refer to the academic catalog.
2021 Doctor of Ministry Dissertations
- MARTIN TODD ALLEN, The Ecotheological Network
- MONICA JOY CROSS, Radically Inclusive Hospitality in Transitional Care Programs
- FEPUARI K. LOGOLEO, Le Atua Tautai E Laulau Sasa’a Lona Faiva: Theology of Blessing
- SIMI ESELU LAGAI MAUGA, Tofā Felafoa’i: Pastoral Care and Counseling in the Samoan Context
- EBRAHIM SHABUDIN, Leading with Conviction and Virtue – Introspect The Leader Within Us
- REV. MEGAN LEE OSBORN SNELL, Mental Health and Christianity
2020 Doctor of Ministry Dissertations
- Ryan Campbell, Trying to Catch a Cloud and Pin It Down: Reframing Pediatric Spiritual Care Assessment in a Clinical Setting
- John Offor, Mmeko Omenala na Uka: Inculturation of Postcolonial Igbo Liturgy
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
- Roger Jones, From a Culture of Conflict to a Renewal of Covenant: A History of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento
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