Doctor of Ministerial Leadership

Earn Your Doctor of Ministerial Leadership degree online in 3 years.

The Doctor of Ministerial Leadership degree offers professional ministers the opportunity to reflect on their practice of leadership from diverse strategic perspectives. It challenges practitioners from a variety of ministry contexts to grow in their own spiritual maturity, strengthen their personal and professional ethic, and develop a biblical approach to their practice of leadership.

What You'll Learn 

Upon completion of the Doctor of Ministerial Leadership degree, students will demonstrate an ability to:

  • Formulate a plan for continuing personal spiritual growth in leadership
  • Develop a personal and professional ethic for leadership in ministry
  • Implement an approach to leadership that embraces multicultural and global perspectives
  • Assess the effectiveness of leadership practice using a case study research method

Program Length 

This 32-credit-hour degree will take three years.

Why Study Ministerial Leadership at CIU Online?

  • Program design allows you to focus on research and writing from the beginning of your studies.
  • Non-residential modality allows you to pursue your degree without relocating.
  • Experienced faculty mentors provide individualized guidance in areas of their particular expertise.
  • LOGOS Bible software is offered at no additional cost while attending CBS.
  • Accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and accredited nationally by the Association of Biblical Higher Education and the Association of Theological Schools.

Program Details

Course of Study   32
Foundation 12
MIN 9440 Profile of the Godly Leader 4
MIN 9441 Transformational Leadership 4
MIN 9442 Multicultural Leadership with Global Focus 4
Capstone Project 20
MIN 9901 Literature Review 4
MIN 9902 Research Foundations 4
MIN 9903 Conducting a Case Study 4
MIN 9904 Analyzing the Data 4
MIN 9905 Ministerial Leadership Capstone Project 4

Seminar Schedule

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Semester 1 MIN 9902 Research Foundations (4) MIN 9441 Transforming Leadership (4) MIN 9904 Analyzing the Data (4)
Semester 2 MIN 9440 Profile of the Godly Leader (4) MIN 9903 Conducting a Case Study (4) MIN 9905 Capstone Project (4)
Semester 3 MIN 9901 Literature Review (4) MIN 9442 Multicultural Leadership with Global Focus (4)    


Locations Offered
32 credit hours
Program Length
as few as 32 months

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • Application Essay (800 words total, typed)
  • A masters-level theological degree from an accredited institution (not limited to MDiv or equivalent) with a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0
  • Official transcripts for highest earned graduate degree and any additional graduate degree work
  • One church leader reference
  • 3 years of ministry experience
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA

Graduates with a Doctor of Ministerial Leadership degree can go on to become more effective in their ministries as:

  • Leading pastors
  • Chaplains
  • Women’s ministry leaders
  • Discipleship pastors
  • Pastoral counselors
  • Missionary care specialists
  • Small group pastors
  • Church education leaders
  • Parachuch ministry leaders