Doctor of Ministry


The Doctor of Ministry is a post-graduate degree designed to provide you advanced competencies and biblical insights into the practice of ministry, as you are actively involved in vocational Christian ministry.

The quality and success of a Christian ministry is very often determined by the minister’s ability to think critically, biblically, and theologically; to communicate that thinking in oral and written fashion; and to apply that thinking in real-life ministry.  The Doctor of Ministry program is designed to facilitate these qualities in you, the student. 

Quick Facts

  • Accredited with SACSCOC, TRACS, and ABHE
  • 30 hour doctoral degree program
  • 97% of graduates reported that a Luther Rice education improved the quality of their ministry experience
  • The degree can be completed 100% online
  • 4 core courses completed during week-long modules (attend online via Zoom or on-campus)
  • Tuition $396 per credit hour

Note:  The intro video below may still refer to the week-long modules being required on-campus.  This changed during COVID-19.  Modules can now be attended online via Zoom.


Program Introduction Video


Course Listings

Download D.Min. course listings (PDF)

Potential Careers

  • Senior Pastor
  • Christian Author
  • Speaker
  • Theologian
  • Missions Agency
  • Non-profit
  • Administrator
  • Teacher

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Doctoral applicants must posses a Master of Divinity degree from an institution with accreditation recognized the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education. Unaccredited graduate degrees may be considered but will be evaluated according to the criteria outlined in the Luther Rice catalog. Applicants who have not earned a Master of Divinity degree but hold a Master of Arts degree in Bible or theology may take additional course work in Bible and theology totaling 90 hours in order to be evaluated for academic equivalency.  Masters degrees other than those in biblically or theologically related subjects will not be considered for academic equivalency.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA in approved graduate-level work is a 3.0 (on 4.0 scale).
  • Submission of a research paper adhering to the Graduate Committee guidelines (available from the Admissions Office).
  •  A two page paper detailing an acceptable, verifiable employment experience in a specific area of ministry (e.g., pastor, church staff, missionary, parachurch ministry leader or staff); an acceptable, verifiable two-year history of active Christian ministry showing good professional standing, adherence to the fundamentals of the Christian faith, and good Christian character and conduct; an acceptable, verifiable ministry laboratory in which the applicant can pursue the required project (e.g., church, mission field, or parachurch field of ministry); and how the Doctor of Ministry Program will benefit the student in his/her ministry.
  • All other general admissions requirements.


Contact the Enrollment Team for more details on these requirements at 770-484-1204 ext. 5758 or

Program Coordinator

Dr. Ron Cobb

770-484-1204 ext. 5684

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Cobb personally anytime, or you can reach the Enrollment Team at or 770-484-1204 ext. 5758.