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Doctorate in Ministry


Candidate for the Doctorate in Ministry Degree from Saint John the Evangelist Seminary must fulfill the following prerequisites:

  • Completion of a Masters of Divinity Degree.

  • Completion of five years of active pastoral ministry.

Having the abovementioned prerequisites fulfilled, candidates for the Doctorate in Ministry must submit a Thesis Proposal containing the following:

  • Working Title of Topic

  • General Overview which should take the form of a brief abstract of the general area of study and also signify the discipline within which it falls.

  • Detailed Literature Review in which the candidate demonstrates their awareness of critical issues raised in relevant bodies of literature. It is important to be able to demonstrate familiarity with major lines of argument which have been developed in your area, and to demonstrate an understanding of the ideas and findings of key researchers working on your topic. References to key articles and texts should be there to establish that you appreciate their relevance to your research area.

  • Key Research Questions which demonstrates that the topic can be completed within the normal time period allowed, you need to demonstrate that it is manageable and so focus on key questions within your niche area. You must state the key issues that your research intends to address. What empirical phenomena or theoretical debates are driving your research proposal? Try to be specific. If your research is being driven by empirical phenomena (e.g. e-commerce, global branding, etc.), what aspects of these phenomena are you trying to explain? If your research proposal is being driven by theoretical debates, which specific points in these debates are you going to focus on?

  • Methodology which demonstrates an awareness of the candidate of the methodological tools available and to show some understanding of which would be suitable for this research

  • Timescale and Research Planning to demonstrate an awareness of the need for planning and the timescale of the research.

  • Conclusions: Finally, although no indication of the research findings can be presented, it is often beneficial to conclude the research proposal by indicating how you envisage the contribution that your research will make to debates and discussions in your particular subject area. This means providing an indication of the original contribution that you feel your research will make, suggesting how it may fill gaps in existing research, and showing how it may extend understanding of particular topics. You should avoid making any substantial changes to the broad direction of your research after admission into the program. It is natural for ideas to evolve and change, so you will not be forced to adhere to the specifics of your proposal. However, the proposal is the foundation of your working relationship with your supervisors and thus it cannot be radically altered without discussion and consultation with your supervisors.

  • Bibliography that includes a short list of references to key articles and texts included in the application.

Upon approval the candidate may begin their research project.


Dissertation Submission Policy

Dissertations for the Saint John the Evangelist Seminary's Doctorate of Ministry degree must be submitted by the agreed upon date set by the candidate and Seminary. These deadlines have been established to allow sufficient time for readers to make careful evaluations and for review those evaluations and make their recommendations to the candidate's committee. No extensions of the deadlines will be granted, except for extreme circumstances.

In accord with the traditional scholarly ideal that the candidate for a doctorate must make a contribution to knowledge, all dissertations that have been accepted by the seminary are made available in the library and published online.

Dissertation Evaluation

Upon submission of the dissertation, the Seminary will empanel a reading committee composed of three members for reading and review of the dissertation.  After concluding its evaluation of the dissertation the committee will write a review of the dissertation for the candidate.  If the committee finds grave errors with the dissertation, the candidate will have 60 days to reevaluate their dissertation and to make any amendments to it prior to resubmission.  Should no grave errors with the dissertation be found, the committee will recommend approval for the Doctorate to be awarded and will so inform the candidate.


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