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Doctor of Ministry

Equip Yourself for Christian Leadership

The highest professional degree offered by Providence Theological Seminary, the Doctor of Ministry is essential to Christian leaders looking to enhance their leadership skills and further their understanding of ministry. As a Doctor of Ministry student at Providence you'll draw on the significant practical and pastoral experience of our seminary faculty and guest instructors. You'll also benefit from the strength of one of Canada's leading Christian counselling programs. This degree is offered to those who have already worked within a full-time Christian ministry setting for at least three years prior to commencing studies. Upon conferral of your Doctorate you'll be poised to become a leader in Christian higher education, global missions, Christian counselling, the non-profit sector, or other para-church organizations. Doctor of Ministry students at Providence will specialize in one of two tracks: Contextual Leadership or Counselling and Mental Health Practice 

6 units + Project/Dissertation (2 units)
Doctor of Ministry
Contextual Leadership Track
6 units + Project/Dissertation (2 units)
Doctor of Ministry
Counselling and Mental Health Practice Track

For Entrance into the Doctor of Ministry program

  • A Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or seminary which maintains academic standards similar to those of Providence Theological Seminary.
  • Evidence of ability to do doctoral-level work, as indicated by a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) in previous graduate work.
  • A minimum of three years of professional ministry experience following the Master’s level degree, which is evaluated positively by one’s supervisor and/or peers.
  • One year in the current ministry situation with the expectation of that ministry remaining stable during the study/research period.
  • Letters of recommendation of academic and professional competence from knowledgeable individuals.
  • A self-study of personal and academic goals.
  • Support from the local church/institution of the candidate’s desire for advanced study.
  • Completed Doctor of Ministry program application forms, along with the submission of requisite application credentials.
  • The Millar Analogies Test will be required, at the discretion of the Doctoral Studies Committee, of applicants whose previous work is not from an accredited school. A score of at least 55 is expected.
  • Students whose first language is not English may be required to achieve a TOEFL score of 600 or CLB score of 10.
  • An interview may be required.

Program Tracks

  • Contextual Leadership 
    • Draw on the significant practical and pastoral experience of our seminary faculty and guest instructors. Grow your expertise in the Bible, as well as in systematic and practical theology. Hone your pastoral ministry skills. Complete units in Negotiating Change, Conflict and Renewal in Church and Ministry Settings, Nurturing Spiritual Formation and Care in Congregational Life, and Leadership Theology and Practice in Diverse Ministry Contexts.
  • Counselling and Mental Health Practice
    • Benefit from the strength of one of Canada's leading Christian counselling programs. Acquire the ability to integrate your Christian worldview with mainstream counselling practices, enabling you to effectively counsel within your ministry. Complete units in Advanced Psychotherapy and Clinical Supervision, Counselling and Mental Health Support for Marriage and Families in Congregations and Communities and Religion and Psychology.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please look to the Academic Calendar for full information and course lists. If there are discrepancies between the information listed here and in the Academic Calendar, the Academic Calendar is definitive.

  • Counselling & Mental Health Support for Marriage & Families in Congregations & Communities
  • Negotiating Change, Conflict & Renewal in Church & Ministry Settings
  • Leadership Theory & Practice in Diverse Ministry Contexts
  • Advanced Psychotherapy & Clinical Supervision
  • Nurturing Spiritual Formation & Care in Congregational Life
  • Thinking & Interpreting Theologically

Al Thiessen (Program Coordinator)Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology

Sharon Pham, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology

Stan Hamm, Ph.D. Dean of Seminary; Assoc. Prof of Educational & Christian Studies

Glenys Wirch, CPGC, D.Min. Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology, Department Chair

Jeff Anderson Adjunct Faculty

Your Doctor of Ministry education can lead to careers in:

  • Christian Counselling
  • Para-Church Administration
  • Global Missions Administration
  • Christian Higher Education
  • Pastoral Leadership