Where are DMIN. courses offered?
With the exception of study tours and courses offered internationally, all courses are offered on the main campus of Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia or on our extension site In Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The Course Experience
When does a course typically meet?
Courses are generally held from Monday to Friday and meet during the mornings and afternoons.
In addition to seven hours of class a day, what can I expect during a typical class week?
We want your on-campus experience to be about more than just gaining academic knowledge. We want you to leave feeling stretched but also refreshed. To accomplish this, each day includes a brief worship experience. Students are often invited to provide leadership for their peers. Typically, one evening during the course, students and the course professor are invited to the Director’s home for a causal meal and the opportunity to build relationships outside the formal classroom setting. Most evenings are left free for the students to research, relax, or socialize as desired.
If I am enrolled in multiple courses that take place back to back over a two-week period, can I go home on the weekend between class sessions?
Certainly, although you are encouraged to stay in Wolfville and enjoy the opportunity to study or relax during the weekend.
Is the Acadia DMIN program accredited?
Since Acadia Divinity College is accredited by the premier accrediting body for theological schools in North America, The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, the quality of our D. Min. program is recognized and affirmed by the body. In addition, since the degree is award by Acadia University, a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada, our doctoral degree carries a weight beyond that of many other Canadian seminaries, having been approved by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission and the Senate of Acadia University.
What is the difference between a Ph.D. and a D.Min.?
A Ph.D. is a research degree designed for those called to full-time academic administration or teaching at the post-secondary level. A D.Min. is a practitioner’s degree designed to help ministry leaders gain greater ministry competencies, confidence, and effectiveness. If you are a ministry leader who senses God’s continued call to ministry leadership (local church, denominational service, para-church leadership, chaplaincy, international ministry, part-time teaching, etc.), then an Acadia D.Min. is probably the best route for you.
Why does Acadia require two courses in Biblical Studies and two courses in Theology?
There are three reasons. First, we hold a high view of scriptures at Acadia and view them as being foundational to all we do in life and ministry. We believe that our curriculum ought to reflect that commitment. Second, when it comes time to prepare your thesis you will be expected to include a chapter or two demonstrating how your ideas about ministry are rooted in the Bible and theology. We want to make sure that you are ready to engage in biblical studies and theology at the doctoral level. Third, we recognize that for some D.Min. students it may be some time since you completed your M.Div. We want to acquaint you with the latest in biblical studies and theology so that your preaching and teaching will be fresh and current.
How much flexibility is there when it comes to choosing electives?
A great deal. While most students choose their electives from among courses offered on campus, others apply to engage in a directed study in a field of interest, while others apply to take doctoral courses from another institution and transfer them into their program. The Acadia D.Min. is designed to be flexible to accommodate your interests.
Do I have to apply and be accepted into the D.Min. program in order to take a D.Min. course?
Yes, you do.
Can my spouse participate in the program in some way?
Yes. Your spouse is invited to join you on the Holy Land Study tour.
Does the program have instructors and students from a variety of denominational traditions?
Yes. Instructors in the Acadia D.Min. program come from a variety of denominational backgrounds and students come from more than 20 different denominations and from virtually all Canadian provinces and several American states plus some from other countries.
Some D.Min. programs offer tracks. How come Acadia doesn’t?
We don’t offer tracks within our D.Min program because our experience is that interests and needs of adult learners are more individualized that any track could allow for. In addition, by not traveling through your program in a cohort you are able to meet new fellow students each time you take a new course. Finally, in a track model of study students are normally required to attend each and every course offered thus reducing flexibility if ministry, family commitments, or illness unexpectedly intrude on study plans.
What are Acadia D.Min. graduates doing?
While many of our graduates are serving as pastors in local churches, we also have many alumni who serve in other roles including: denominational leadership, college and seminary teaching, chaplaincy (prison, campus, hospital, community, nursing home, etc.), cross-cultural mission, educational administration, etc.
Once I complete the D.Min. can I return to audit courses at a reduced fee?
Certainly! D.Min. alums are welcome to return and take class-based courses, space permitting. We’d love to have you come back to campus and remain a part of the Acadia D.Min. family.
Where do I find out more information about the Doctor of Ministry requirements and resources?
Check the Doctor of Ministry Handbook.