The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree program is designed for ministry leaders to continue to learn and grow without having to leave their ministry context. A minimum of three years ministerial leadership experience after receiving the M.Div. degree is required to enter the program. Pastors with a different background should contact the Program Director to discuss qualifications. The candidate must also show evidence of academic writing proficiency in English. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours must be completed at DKST, with the writing of a substantial dissertation within a seven-year time period.