Bob Jones University Seminary’s doctor of ministry program grants a terminal degree for men who are already engaged in full-time pastoral or missionary ministry and who have completed a master of divinity degree at a recognized seminary.
The Seminary is committed to the absolute authority of the Word of God. All of our programs maintain a careful balance of educating both “the head and the heart.” We strive to prepare you to be a person of knowledge, compassion, integrity and courage who inspires God’s people to grow in the image of Christ.
Our doctor of ministry program is designed to sharpen your skills in biblical interpretation for the preaching of the Word of God. Through class lectures, directed reading, and ministry-related papers and projects, you’ll learn how to more effectively interpret Scripture and apply God’s Word to practical questions and life situations.
The doctor of ministry program consists of 32 credits of professional development courses for men engaged in full-time pastoral or missionary ministry who have completed a master of divinity degree. Included in these 32 credits are 6 credits for the writing of a dissertation focused on some dimension of the ministry of expository preaching.
Professional ministry courses (800- and 900-levels) are offered in residence in a one-week modular format three times during the academic year and summer session.
Our faculty is a team of specialists who have terminal degrees and are also experienced in real-life ministry.
They bring a combined total of more than 450 years of ministry experience to the classroom, with an average of 20 years per faculty member.
Our faculty have served as pastors, church leaders, missionaries, church planters, youth pastors and writers. All are committed to the absolute authority and proper exegesis of Scripture and are passionate about the subject matter they teach.
One of the greatest aids to your study at the Seminary will be Mack Library. The library is well stocked with relevant theological resources and staffed by librarians familiar with the needs of upper-level theological students.
As of 2015, the library contains more than 278,871 physical volumes of books, 181,329 e-books, 28,066 bound periodicals, and approximately 394,467 total items. The library subscribes to approximately 713 periodicals and provides access to more than 189 databases. The databases provide electronic access to e-journals, e-books, abstracts and full-text articles. The periodicals are available in either print or electronic form, depending on the periodical. An extensive sermon file is available electronically.
BJU offers students a variety of ways to network with employers and organizations. A multitude of job opportunities are posted each year on Career Central, our online job board. In addition, more than 60 businesses and 150 Christian schools/mission boards/Christian organizations come on campus to recruit students through on-campus interviews and job/ministry fairs.
Career Services also helps students by holding seminars on resume preparation and interview techniques.
All seminary classrooms are equipped with a faculty computer, an LED projector and large screen for easy use of the Web or exegetical/presentation software for effective class lectures and student presentations.
The Seminary also offers a Research and Reading Room, containing 56 study carrels, multiple computers for student use, a commercial printer and several spacious study carrels reserved for doctoral dissertation writers. The Research and Reading Room, located on the first floor of the Seminary, also contains a theological reference library of more than 700 volumes (additional to the vast resources of Mack Library, located just yards from the Seminary). Each of the 6 computers in the Research and Reading Room is equipped with premier exegetical software.
The following courses are required:
- Application of Expository Preaching in Ministry Context
- Research & Writing Seminar
- Preaching Project or Dissertation (6 credits)
9 hours of coursework must be selected from the following:
- Church Growth & Shepherding
- Independent Study
- Knowing & Loving God
- Pastor as Crisis Counselor I
- Pastor as Crisis Counselor II
- The History of Preaching
- Theology & Application of Worship
- Theology & Development of Leadership
12 hours of coursework must be selected from the following:
Each student will:
- Apply principles of interpretation to Scripture.
- Apply Scripture to practical questions and problems of life for sermonic development.
- Create and defend a research project or dissertation related to expository preaching.