Enrich Your Ministry with a D.Min.

Azusa Pacific University’s Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program will prepare you for practical, effective ministry so you can transform the world with Christ. The D.Min. is the highest professional degree in the practice of ministry, and builds on education received through the Master of Divinity and on experience gained in the practice of ministry. Azusa Pacific’s D.Min. program is available in English and Korean.

Note: An M.Div. or equivalent from an ATS-accredited institution is required. Learn more about admission requirements.

Program Outcomes

The Doctor of Ministry in spiritual formation and ministry leadership offers a comprehensive curriculum track that focuses on the real-world skills ministry leaders need today. The ultimate goal is to renew and transform ministry leaders, churches, and communities toward those of Jesus Christ.

The goals of the Doctor of Ministry program focus on growth in specific skills for spiritual formation and ministry leadership. In this context, doctoral scholarship and research are emphasized to bring theory and praxis into practical ministry application. The program seeks to accomplish these goals by focusing on the following outcomes:

  1. Personal Spiritual Formation: Students will learn the theory and practice of personal spiritual formation, develop habits for continued spiritual growth, develop a theology of spiritual formation, and apply this knowledge personally.
  2. Ministry Leadership: Students will gain knowledge of leadership development, personal leadership styles, and the art of spiritual leadership, and learn how to apply this knowledge in ministry practice.
  3. Community Impact: Students will study historical and contemporary church movements and reflect on contemporary concerns in the practice of ministry. Students will learn how to apply their knowledge in local ministry practice and will make a contribution to the greater Christian community.

Spiritual Life

The faculty of Azusa Pacific Seminary believe that the growth of the student’s spiritual life is foundational to effective ministry. Accordingly, the development of spiritual life is integral to every course. In addition, there are opportunities for the seminary community to pray together and share experiences in Jesus Christ. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend the university chapels as well as special services and lectures.

Learn more about the program format and our faculty.


Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Azusa Pacific Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

ATS-Approved Degrees

Azusa Campus
Doctor of Ministry
Master of Divinity
Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies
Master of Arts (Theological Studies)

Los Angeles Regional Site
Korean Doctor of Ministry
Korean Master of Divinity
Korean Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies
Master of Arts (Theological Studies)
Master of Arts in Transformational Urban Leadership

San Diego Regional Campus
Master of Divinity
Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies
Master of Arts (Theological Studies)

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Phone: (412) 788-6505
Fax: (412) 788-6510

WASC Senior College and University Commission
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 748-9001
Fax: (510) 748-9797

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2016 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 175 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2016 Best Colleges in the West, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2016, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.