By virtue of the federation of Saint Paul University with the University of Ottawa, the Faculty of Theology at Saint Paul University offers graduate programs leading to degrees conferred jointly by the senates of both universities. These programs operate within the framework of the regulations of Saint Paul University and of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies of the University of Ottawa.
The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an applied research degree program which combines the resources of theological study and reflection with the methodologies of the social sciences. This online program is designed to give professionals, who are already engaged in the practice of ministry in its varied forms, advanced study and pastoral reflexion as well as a deeper appreciation of the plurality of forms and understandings of ministry. It assists students in developing knowledge and appropriate methodologies for the advanced critical study of ministry through applied research.
Graduates will be equipped to discern and promote the forms of collaborative and transformational ministry best suited to the human values, cultural expressions, and multiple dynamics of their given context.
This hybrid program combines distance learning and on-campus intensive sessions - during the first two years, 2 weeks of on-campus presence are required twice a year.
The D.Min. is a bilingual program. D.Min. students must be partially bilingual, that is to say, have mastered all the active functions of one official language and the passive functions in the other.
To be admitted to the D.Min. program, the candidate must :
Student Transfers from Other Universities
Students registering in the Doctor of Ministry program at Saint Paul University after having completed graduate courses at other universities may be granted the equivalent of up to two optional courses (6 credits) of advanced standing for successfully completed courses that pertain to the course of study in the Doctor of Ministry. Courses must have been completed within the past five years.
Some additional documents, and in some cases specific forms, are required. For more information, please see the page Step 4: Gather the documents needed for the assessment of your application.
The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is a 33 credit program.
Compulsory Courses (12 credits)
Elective Courses (6 credits)
Students must complete two elective courses either from the graduate courses offered by the Faculty of Theology, or from another faculty or university, approved by the Director of the DMin program, Faculty of Theology.
Research Practicum (12 credits)
Comprehensive Examination (THO 9998)
Thesis Project Presentation (THO 8998) (3 cr.)
Thesis (THO 9999)
The passing grade in all courses is C+. Students who fail two courses (equivalent to 6 credits), the thesis proposal, or the comprehensive exam or whose research progress is deemed unsatisfactory are required to withdraw.
The program is considered a full-time program of study and all students must complete at least six sessions of full-time registration. Even though students may not be physically on-campus throughout this period and on-campus instruction will be offered in intensive two-week modules, students are required to follow a schedule of readings and assignments and to engage in on-going research based on their professional practice of ministry.
Duration of the Program
Students are expected to complete all requirements within four years. The maximum time permitted is six years from the date of initial registration in the program.
Research methodologies and their application to the study of the context and practice of ministry. Understanding and planning the research process. Qualitative, quantitative, and action-based methods in data gathering and analysis. The use of social-scientific methods in theology. Research ethics, especially as it pertains to research with human subjects.
Social-scientific analysis of the society in which the religious community exists. The relationship and function of the religious community with the wider social, cultural and civil community. The structures of the religious community and their functioning: especially in reference to authority, interaction, freedom, and growth. Study of the needs, hopes, aspirations of the religious community and society at large, and the resources, (material and personnel), obstacles, etc. in order to answer to these.
Application of the appropriate methods of social-scientific analysis and theological reflection to the work of the ministry practitioner and his/her community of insertion. Identification of key issues, resources, and strategies to sustain the development of holistic human and faith communities.
The development and implementation of an appropriate research design to explore an identified research question in depth. Test and evaluate the implementation of new models and approaches of ministry. Work towards the precise formulation of a hypothesis that will form the basis of the doctoral thesis project.
Theories and models of theological reflection. Principles for the selection of appropriate methods and their application in the critical analysis and interpretation of the context and practice of pastoral ministry.
Critical examination of the impact of theological and religious pluralism on the context and practice of ministry. Investigation of particular issues, authors or trends related to the theory and practice of ecumenical and inter-religious collaboration and dialogue.
Exploration of the interaction of the Bible and contemporary Christian identity: the dialogue between Bible, church, and society. The Bible and world religions. Recent approaches to interpretation and the rise of fundamentalism.
Critical reflection on ethical issues arising in diverse contexts of ministry. Theoretical, methodological, and theological dimensions of these. Religious traditions and public debates on contemporary ethical questions.
Critical examination of the biblical roots and historical evolution of the structures for ministry in the life of the Church. Recent theological developments giving rise to new forms of lay and ordained ministries. Identifying the operative theologies of ministry in diverse faith communities and their consonance with stated theology and mission. Evaluating their capacity to respond to issues arising from the contemporary social, ecumenical, and interreligious context.
Various social-scientific understandings of faith development in the human person and faith communities. Critical study of different theories of faith development and of the inner dynamics of religious communities. Evaluation of the coherence between the stated faith development objectives and the means to attain them.
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