The DMin program requires a minimum of 24 credits, 6 of which are thesis credits (DM 6011), and 18 of which are in courses (the equivalent of one year of full time study or spread out over 3 years part time).
- DM 6000: The DMin Seminar (3.0 credits, previously DM 6012)
over 2 weeks in January Intersession is a requirement for all PSR DMin students.
- DM 6021: The DMin Annual Continuing seminar (0.0-1.5 credits)
over 1 week or weekend in January Intersession is also a required course for all DMin students who entered 2011 or later.
3.0 credits total (or at least two Intersessions worth) of DM 6021 required before graduating
- DM 6011: DMin in Thesis (3.0 credits)
This is a required thesis course that does not meet regularly and is registered for typically in the Fall and Spring semesters of your final defense year in the program and is registered for after your Request to Proceed with Project form (or Integrative Review Certification for pre-2011 students) is completed and filed.
6.0 credits total of DM 6011 required before graduating
You may select remaining course work, in consultation with your committee chair, in order to deepen and enrich your understanding of your ministry and provide an academic foundation for your research project. These courses must be at the 4000 level or higher and be taken for a letter grade.
Other Degree Requirements
Course work, approval from your DMin Committee to proceed with your project, and a research project comprise the main components of the DMin degree. Students may complete the degree by taking courses full time the first year, then completing and defending the project in the last two years. Alternatively they may also spread out their coursework as part time students over the three years and work on their project concurrently. For students who work full time or may be out of the Berkeley area for the majority of the year, the only required courses that meet are: 1) the DMin Seminar and 2) the DMin Annual Continuing Seminar meet each January Intersession over a series of weekends, so student may fly in to stay in Berkeley for a couple weeks a year and complete the remainder of their course with a combination of online, blended, intensive, and regular courses. Advisement for the project with committees are expected to happen by conference calls, videoconferencing, and other distance-friendly technologies.
Request to Proceed with Project
After you complete course work, or when you have formulated in more detail your project, you are ready submit your initial project materials and have your committee sign off of your Request to Proceed with Project form. At this point your committee may evaluate your progress according to these criteria:
Your ability to identify a critical issue in your ministry context.
Your skills in selecting appropriate study resources.
Your capacity to translate study into professional practice in a community setting.
Your willingness to formulate a document useful for ministry in a multi-cultural world.
Your thesis, bibliography, and methodology
Your Human Subjects Protocol
Following the completion of your course work and satisfactory performance on the integrative review, you may begin your 6-credit research project. You should register for DM 6011 during the last 2 semesters of your program. During this phase of the program, you should be involved in a full-time position of leadership in ministry. You will carry out your research project in that ministry setting. Normally this project is completed in the equivalent of one calendar year. Fulfillment of the research project requirement is certified by your DMin committee upon approval of the final research document.