Doctor of Ministry

Doctor of Ministry

Accelerate your ministry
Refresh your soul

Are you ready to go to the next level? Gateway wants to help you achieve your potential in life and ministry.

At a Glance

Duration: Three to six years that includes:

  • 15 units of seminar work
  • 8 units of field work
  • 6 units of ministry project
  • 29 total units

Location: Five Campuses throughout the Western United States. (Only 30 days required in classroom throughout program; some cohorts offer online option.)

Approach: Study in cohorts that range in size from eight to 15.

Why Gateway D.Min.?

  • Quality education at a reasonable cost
  • Personalized goals and learning flexibility
  • Practical focus of seminars, in short-term intensive format
  • Peer support and relationships
  • Seminars co-taught by seminary faculty and leading practitioners
  • “360-degree” field-based mentoring process

Gateway’s D.Min. program is:

Calibrated to the speed of life. You can earn your D.Min. with three trips of about 10-days duration, to one of the Seminary's strategically located campuses.

Self-Directed. Gateway Seminary will work with you to customize the degree to your interest of specialization. While the Seminary offers separate cohorts for chaplains and international missionaries, our cohort system allows you to customize the program to your preferred specialization by:

  • Selection of an appropriate mentor
  • Designing a challenging learning covenant
  • Selection of post-seminar research topics
  • Ministry project design
  • Specialist seminar selection

The Seminary regularly offer these specialist seminars:

  • Proclamation and Worship
  • Context, Culture and Missions
  • The Ministry of Supervision

Gateway Seminary also offers other courses like The Ministry of Writing or The Ministry of Teaching for those who want to expand their ministry onto the written page or into the classroom. If the course offerings don’t fit your needs, the D.Min program directors will work with you to arrange your own learning experience with a candidate-arranged specialist seminar.

Life on Life. Ministry can be lonely, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Seminary’s cohort system (eight to 15 candidates) encourages you to build meaningful relationships with other ministers who face the same challenges you do. Gateway Seminary will help you set up a ministry support system so you can gain needed feedback from your peers, those you serve and from a mentor.

Challenging. With Gateway Seminary’s D.Min., you will experience academic excellence with practical application. It is a challenging professional degree that applies academic rigor to life and ministry.

Encouraging. Ministry is tough. You minister in an ever-changing, often hostile environment. The D.Min. faculty understands the pressures. They are accomplished, front-line ministers who teach out of their theological training and their extensive ministry experience. They want to help you accelerate your ministry and refresh your soul.

Requirements for Admission

  • M.Div. or equivalent (72 masters-level credit-hours with specific course distribution) with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Those with a lower GPA may still qualify with an adequate Miller's Analogy test score.
  • Three years of post M.Div. substantial ministry experience, which can be waived for a limited number of applicants who evidence capacity to do advanced theological reflection.
  • Current ministry position
  • Complete the application process

Additional information

    • If you have questions, then please call 909-687-1609 or email us at
    • Stop by the D.Min. offices on the fifth floor, Gateway Seminary, 3210 E Guasti Rd, Ontario, CA 91761
    • Read a fuller description in our Academic Catalog
    • Download the D.Min. Guidebook 2016-2017