Doctor of Ministry Requirements

Required Hours           GPA (Cum)

D.Min. Pastoral Care 48 3.0

D.Min. Mental Health Counseling 60 3.0

D.Min. Marriage and Family Therapy 60 3.0

 

D.Min. Pastoral Care required studies include

I. Seminars (6 hours)
II. Theoretical Foundations (18 hours)
III. Clinical Practice (18 hours)
Students choose one of the following three alternatives:
Alternative A: Pastoral Care and Counseling in the Congregation
Alternative B: Spiritual Direction
Alternative C: Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
 IV. Written Presentation and Oral Examination (6 hours)
All clinical practice options include individual and group supervision in ministry. D.Min. Pastoral Care students are expected to engage in focused reflection during their program. This may take the form of individual, couple, family or group therapy, and/or spiritual direction. Prior to completing required course work, the student must demonstrate that a Reading Committee has been established and has approved a thesis proposal.
 

Pre-requisites for this program include: An MDiv. degree with three years of ministry experience post-degree, an introduction to pastoral care course and a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education.  Some pre-requisites may be satisfied after admission.


D.Min. in Mental Health Counseling and D.Min.in Marriage and Family Therapy required studies include:

I. Seminars (6 hours)
II. Therapeutic and Clinical Studies (30 hours)
III. Clinical Practice (18 hours)
IV. Written Presentation and Oral Examination (6 hours)
(D.Min. MHC students may substitute the course “Self, Countertransference, and Spirit” [6 hours] for the written and oral examination)

Prior to completing required course work, the student must demonstrate that a Reading Committee has been established and has approved a thesis proposal. DMin students preparing for counseling licensure have the option of a Capstone seminar and presentation. A minimum of 500 hours of pastoral counseling and 125 hours of interdisciplinary supervision are required for counseling DMin degrees.

 

All D.Min. MHC and MFT students are expected to receive psychotherapy during their program as an integral component of their clinical training.
 
D.Min. in Mental Health Counseling and D.Min. in Marriage and Family Therapy Residency and Licensure: Indiana licensure laws require a two-year supervised clinical experience following graduation. A candidate for licensure cannot qualify to sit for the license exam without this experience. CTS offers selected graduates the opportunity to enter a post-degree pre-licensure residency including on-going individual and group supervision.
 
Pre-requisites for the DMin licensure track programs include: An MDiv. degree with three years of ministry experience post-degree, an introduction to pastoral care course, a human development course, and a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education.  Some pre-requisites may be satisfied after admission.
 
Students who complete all course work for the DMin programs but do not complete the thesis requirement are eligible to receive a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Ministry.