Online Doctor of Ministry Degree in Christian Ministry
INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools Institutional Membership(s): SOC
PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Doctoral - Doctoral Enrollment: 250
seats total Application Deadline: Open How Students and Instructors
Communicate: E-mail, Postal, Voice Subject: Philosophy and Religious
Studies METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION
- The program is delivered primarily through
Supplemental delivery formats include internet
SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
- Southern Christian University offers the Doctor of Ministry
degree program to qualified persons currently engaged in ministry.
The Doctor of Ministry program builds on and extends previous
theological education and experience. Students can use this degree
to increase their general effectiveness or tailor their program
toward a particular specialty.
The purpose of this advanced level program is to help focus the
efforts and develop the effectiveness of persons in ministry. The
SCU program utilizes the candidate's own work setting as a primary
learning resource. Much of the course work involves in-service
projects of direct benefit to the candidate's ministry. The intent
is to integrate these dimensions into a working totality for each
minister. Integration at many levels is one of the important
features of the program; of religion and contemporary life, or
professional work and personal life, and of the knowledge of the
disciplines such as: Scripture, theology, church history, and the
practice of ministry.
The program provides occasions for disciplined study, critical
reflection, and evaluation on ministry issues.
The Doctor of Ministry is distinguished from the Master of Divinity
in that it demands a higher level of competence, more extensive
analytical skills, and greater ability to do practical and thorough
research related to ministry. The Doctor of Ministry is
distinguished from a PhD or ThD in that it focuses specifically on
excellence in practical ministry rather than academic research and
ACCESS TO LEARNING RESOURCES
- Recommended requirements:
Hardware: Minimum requirements for Windows: 200 MHz (400 MHz
preferred) Pentium R processor or equivalent, 32-64 MB of RAM (64MB
RAM preferred), V.90-56Kbps modem
SCU will work with students to help determine if their computer,
etc. is adequate.
ACCESS TO FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
- SCU's learning resources is available through its online
catalog. Students may view SCU's holdings and request resources via
the Internet. First Search program is available online to registered
students. First Search and ProQuest Database give students access to
65 databases, including the Library of Congress, and the ATLA index.
These databases include abstracts and full texts of many sources. In
addition to SCU's monograph collection which exceeds 70,000 volumes,
there are over 275 subscriptions in either print form or through
full-text databases, along with another one hundred subscriptions of
general religious interest. Back files of these titles and others
are also available, along with the proper indexes to facilitate
The University Resource Center has protocol agreements with a number
of institutions, allowing its students full or limited use of their
facilities. These agreements allow its students to expand their
research process through access to other collections.
The interlibrary loan program supplements local holdings. SCU is a
member of the American Theological Users Group (ATUG), which allows
access to the collections of 150 theological schools through an
The University of Alabama in Huntsville has issued a letter of
intent to SCU stating that it will provide Library and Research
Services to Southern Christian University for its Distance Learning
programs beginning the Fall 2001.
Students can request materials from SCU's library by calling
1-800-351-4040, ext. 120. Students are provided with a textbook and
publishers list so that they can order their textbooks directly from
the publishers, thereby avoiding any markups.
- All students making application to the program receive a
financial aid packet. The packet includes information on how
students can complete their Application for Financial Aid online.