The Catholic University of America

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Pursuing a D.Min. in Spirituality

The Doctor of Ministry is a professional doctorate offering students advanced theological and pastoral formation for competent and effective pastoral ministry. Candidates choose one of three concentrations: Evangelization, Liturgical Catechesis, and Spirituality.

The D.Min. degree program uses a blended learning model over fifteen weeks each year for three years. Students take three courses concurrently and participate in a summer two-week on-campus residency.

 

Prerequisites

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  • Completion of a 1000-2000 word statement of purpose briefly presenting a history of the applicant’s academic, pastoral and vocational background, his/her purpose for undertaking doctoral of ministry studies in spirituality and his/her ministerial goals as they relate to spirituality.
     
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which testifies to the applicant’s personal aptitude for, as well as interest in and motivation for, the field of spirituality. The other two letters, typically from former professors, must specifically attest to the applicant’s ability to complete doctoral studies.

More D.Min. Requirements

Program

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Ten courses are taken over a three year period (30 credit hours):

  • Seven courses (21 credit hours) are core courses; three courses (9 credit hours) are spirituality concentration courses.
  • One of the seven core courses is the D.Min. Seminar, that is taken after completing 18 credit hours of coursework. The course is completely online. The purpose of the seminar is to complete a draft of the D.Min. proposal and develop skills for doing research.
  • Three courses are taken each year during the Spring/Summer D.Min. semester and include a two-week residency at the end of May or beginning of June.

In addition to the general guidelines and core courses for the D.Min. program, the following information is specific to the Spirituality concentration:

  • Due to the nature of the degree program, graduate courses from another institution usually are not applicable to the D.Min. degree. Students in the Spirituality concentration are expected to follow the 30 credit hour course plan of three consecutive years.
  • Concentration Courses:
    • Methods for the Study and Teaching of Spirituality
    • Spiritual Practices
    • Spirituality and the Workplace
       

Candidacy

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  • A student may apply for candidacy after completing 21 credit hours of coursework.
     
  • Application for candidacy is to be submitted to the D.Min. Director for Spirituality with the following documents attached:
    • An essay (700-1,000 words) entitled “Theological and Spiritual Dimensions of Ministry”
    • A paper completed in one of the D.Min. courses that demonstrates the student’s ability to apply theological research to a pastoral context
    • A draft of the D.Min. Proposal
  • The Academic Area faculty considers each student’s application and renders a decision.
     
  • Candidacy must be attained before a project proposal may be submitted to the D.Min. Proposal Committee for approval.

D.Min. Project

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Project and Treatise (See the D.Min. Handbook for details and procedures related to the project and treatise).

  • The D.Min. project is to be an original contribution to pastoral ministry with a focus on Spirituality.
     
  • Under the direction of a Project Director, the project proposal is to be finalized, approved, and then implemented and evaluated.
     
  • The Treatise is to include a chapter on the theological and pastoral foundations of the project. Additional chapters report the project design, implementation, and evaluation. The appendix must contain all components of the project (PowerPoint presentations, presentation outline, Handouts, announcements, etc.)

Presentation (See the D.Min. Handbook for details and procedures related to the presentation).

  • Student must make a formal presentation on the project using PowerPoint.
  • The Project Director, Reader, and Dean's delegate participate in a discussion about the project at the conclusion of the presentation.

 

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Contact Information

> For more information about the Doctor of Ministry in Spirituality, contact the D.Min. Director for Spirituality, Rev. Raymond Studzinski, O.S.B. at studzinski@cua.edu or 202-319-6848.