An affordable D.Min. program
for persons who have completed,
or who are in the process of completing
clinical pastoral training.
The leadership of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP) has been concerned for some time about the availability of the Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min.) to persons who have completed, or who are in the process of completing, clinical pastoral training. We have not found adequate and affordable doctoral level educational opportunities available that recognize the kind of expertise acquired by a pastoral clinician and build conceptually on that expertise. This program aims to address that deficiency.
This degree program is designed for persons certified, or in the process of certification, as a pastoral clinician in recognized training organizations. The courses, seminars and capstone project leading up to the degree are based on knowledge about and the theoretical and practical dimensions of clinical pastoral practice, including supervision. The program is especially suited to those who are already diplomates in clinical pastoral training or supervisors-in-training.
The D.Min. degree requires 36 course credit hours. Nine credit hours are granted for successful completion of a four-unit residency in clinical pastoral training. The remaining 27 hours will consist of nine three-hour courses, following the academic tradition. The program begins with a one-week (seven-day) cohort group residency with faculty on-site in Little Rock, Arkansas. Subsequent to the residency week, all classes/seminars will continue online toward fulfilling the course requirements.
Upon completion of eight courses, a final integration seminar will convene during which a capstone project paper of approximately thirty pages will be produced by each student and submitted for graduation. We expect that adherence to the schedule should permit students to complete the course work within a year from the starting date.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the qualifications for the program?
A masters degree appropriate to clinical pastoral work and board certification as a clinical chaplain are the minimum qualifications.
what is the cost of the program?
Tuition for the Graduate Institute is $6,800. ($2000 is due by July 15 and the balance is due by Oct. 1) The cost of the books required for the program is under $500. The cost of the one-week residency (travel, lodging, food, etc.), and the technology for the online classes are not included in the tuition.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM?
The application for The Graduate Institute is completed online. Employment history; education, training, and certification; and a brief autobiography are required. Transcripts, letters of recommendation, or copies of degrees or certificates may be requested after the application has been submitted.
are there scholarships available?
Occasionally we have scholarships available and requests can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long does the program take?
The program will take about one year, considering the students adhere to the schedule. The first week of the program is residency in Little Rock, AR. Typically, we hold our residency week the last week in September.
What happens after I’ve been accepted?
Once you’ve been accepted, make your travel arrangements and book your hotel (students may or may not reside in the hotel where we are meeting). You will receive a welcome letter by email and a recommended reading list.
WHAT ARE THE ONLINE CLASSES LIKE?
The Graduate Institute online courses also involve some synchronous learning, meaning that everyone is online at the same time. You will consistently engage in dialogue - it is rigorous and collaborative. You will need the video-teleconferencing app Zoom, hi-speed internet, and access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
DOES THE DOCTOR OF MINISTRY REQUIRE A DISSERTATION?
No, a dissertation is not required. A capstone project paper of approximately thirty pages will be produced by each student and submitted for graduation.
What are the graduation requirements?
Thirty-six course credit hours are required (eight courses total), the submission of a capstone project paper, and the tuition balance paid in full are the graduation requirements.
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