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Doctoral Doctor of Ministry

St. Stephen's College

St. Stephen's College

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program is designed for active practitioners, working in both traditional and non-traditional ministry contexts, who see their nurturing work as possessing an inherent spiritual and ministerial dimension. Counsellors, chaplains, health practitioners, spiritual care providers, social workers, nurses, long-term care workers, educators, clergy, and others caring for our communities and our planet can deepen their practice through the DMin program.

St Stephen's welcomes to its programs students from any faith tradition - or no tradition. The College encourages students to articulate their vision and practice of ministry using the languages, symbols, and images of the traditions and worldviews with which they identify. Within this diversity, St. Stephen's understands that the practice of ministry includes the self-reflective awareness of the nurturing quality of service to the Human community and to the Earth.

The DMin is a low-residency program designed for the working professional and can largely be completed at a distance. Most courses are offered in convenient week-long intensive formats, while other program elements are conducted online. The DMin program combines academic research with practical, applied competencies as appropriate to the student's professional field.



University of Alberta Campus
8810-112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2J6, Canada

  • Program Type Doctoral
  • Credential Type Degree
  • Length 4 Years

    Students taking a full course load can complete the credited and non-credited requirements of the DMin program within four years (this applies to both the Core and SE Specialization streams). Most students complete the degree in five to six years. Students must complete all the requirements within seven years from the date on which they register in the program.

  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Available
Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements: 

  • Master's Degree in Theology/Spirituality/Religion (e.g. MDiv, MRE or MTS), or a Master's Degree in a related field with study in the areas of theology, religious history, and sacred texts (e.g. MSc plus additional courses). The additional courses must be completed before participating in the DMin program. (Grade Average minimum 72%) 

Personal Requirements: 

  • Evidence of reflective capabilities that attend to spiritual values integrated into one's professional practice. 

Professional Requirements: 

  • At least three years' experience in ministry 
  • Evidence of a capacity to integrate theory with practice (e.g. academic or published papers, completion of training as a Spiritual Director, Supervised Pastoral Education appointment to faith tradition committee/task forces, etc.) 

Language Requirements:

  • All applicants must be proficient in English prior to admission. Proficiency is demonstrated by either (a) possession of a prior degree where the primary language of instruction was English, (b) demonstration of sufficient coursework completed in English, or (c) a satisfactory score on an approved English language examination (either TOEFL iBT, IELTS, CAEL, or PTE Academic). For full details, see the “English Language Proficiency” section of the St. Stephen’s College Academic Calendar.

Distance Delivery Options

In class and online

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated March 05, 2024. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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