Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Preaching

Program Overview

Aquinas Institute of Theology’s Doctor of Ministry in Preaching (DMin) assists skilled preachers wishing to pursue advanced professional formation as leaders in a wide range of Gospel ministries in the United States and around the world.

The DMin Cohort is a diverse learning community of experienced ministers committed to attaining the highest standards of congregational preaching, homiletical instruction, and Gospel evangelization and catechesis.

From its inception in 1993 as the only Catholic doctoral program in preaching, this program has remained unique. Students participate as a cohort in a wisdom community of ministerial peers serving in fulltime ministry and taking doctoral courses organized around the discipline of homiletics rather than a loosely organized set of add-on master’s courses.


2020 Cohort

The next DMin cohort will begin in July 2020.

2020 Cohort Schedule
2020 Cohort Estimated Finances

Inquire or Apply

Click here to apply. Application deadline is March 15, 2020.

Have questions about the program or want to learn more? E-mail the Director of Recruitment and Admissions at or click here to schedule an appointment for a phone or Skype conversation.

Program Details & Length

In each of six consecutive semester-long core courses, Aquinas Institute’s hybrid style of learning combines online dialogue with an intensive Monday to Friday mid–course, on–campus seminar in St. Louis. Full-time ministry becomes the peer–learning context for doctoral study, and students are asked to give about one day per week to their studies. The DMin in Preaching program can be completed in four to six years. Students follow a set schedule of six courses over three years as a learning community, completing the coursework online and travelling to St. Louis once for each course. Two elective courses are usually completed at another seminary, university, or graduate school. Once coursework is finished, students complete a final thesis project independently.

Who is the Program For?

Aquinas Institute invites ecumenical participation by lay and ordained ecclesial ministers wishing to pursue an advanced professional degree in preaching. Applicants are required to bring three years of full-time ministerial experience and to hold a Master of Divinity degree or a 72 graduate–credit equivalent, including at least six credit hours in preaching.



The Next Cohort Begins in Summer 2020


Career Opportunities

Our graduates — bishops, priests, deacons, clergy, and lay ecclesial ministers — exercise influence as leaders and change agents in parishes and congregations, campuses and retreat centers, and local dioceses and religious communities. The Aquinas DMin in Preaching also has emerged as the premier terminal degree for Catholic teachers of preaching. Graduates and faculty have over 35 books in print, and Aquinas Institute is grant–funded to host peer learning opportunities for graduates wishing to teach and publish in homiletics.

Program Content

The 30 hours of course work required for the DMin degree are distributed as follows:

Course Title Credit Hours
Year I
Theology of Preaching 3
Biblical Hermeneutics and Preaching 3
Year II
Core Homiletic Seminar I 3
History and Preaching 3
Year III
Liturgy and Preaching 3
Core Homiletic Seminar II 3
Thesis Project Seminar 0
Taken as approved by advisor
Elective Coursework 6
Thesis Project Research 6

Thesis Project

Students are required to complete a thesis project, typically done in the fourth or fifth year. Preparation for the thesis project is done through two elective courses, selected in consultation with the advisor and according to the student’s research interests and learning goals. After completion of electives and approval of the thesis project proposal, the candidate researches and writes the project while registered for Thesis Project Research.

Application Requirements & Admission Criteria

Below is a summary of application requirements and admission criteria. For detailed information on these requirements, click here.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume/CV
  • Essay
  • Preaching case study (video and written)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • $100 application fee

Admission Criteria

  • Master of Divinity or equivalent
  • Three years’ preaching experience

Accreditation Compliance Statement

DMin degree outcomes