The Doctor of Educational Ministry

The Doctor of Educational Ministry empowers Christian leaders to equip, strengthen, and deepen their ministry. It is oriented toward professionals who hold a master’s degree in a discipline related to Doctor of Educational Ministry studies rather than a Master of Divinity.

Our doctoral programs begin with a question: What vision does God give us for transforming lives, communities, and cultures?

Because every baptized Christian carries out a distinct expression of that vision, we offer varying program tracks oriented to varying ministries. Each track puts theological and biblical resources into conversation with developmental, organizational, and social scientific learning. Our doctoral students focus on their specialized track while sharing knowledge across all tracks.

Like the Doctor of Ministry, there are three tracks students can choose from:

The D.Ed.Min. requires four years of pre-thesis coursework across four summer residencies. Courses follow a hybrid learning model, combining online education with in-class time during summer residencies. The capstone of all our doctoral programs is the thesis, a substantive work of action-reflection scholarship based upon rigorous examination of a ministry context and robust engagement with academic disciplines.

Doctoral Library Services

Doctoral Library Services

Students enrolled in a degree program at VTS have access to all of the resources of the Bishop Payne Library, whether on campus or at a distance.

Doctoral Program Rates/Fees

Doctoral Program Rates/Fees

Doctoral Programs Brochure

Doctoral Programs Brochure