Doctor of Ministry 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 full-time ministry and taking doctoral courses organized around the discipline of homiletics rather than a loosely organized set of add-on master’s courses. 

I would encourage anyone who is passionate about liturgical preaching to pursue the Doctor of Ministry degree at Aquinas.

Rev. J. Mark Hobson, DMin 2013
Associate Professor of Homiletics
St. Mary Seminary, Cleveland, Ohio

Program Details


Academic Year I

     Theology of Preaching (3 hrs)

     Biblical Hermeneutics and Preaching (3 hrs)


Academic Year II

     Core Homiletic Seminar (3 hrs)

     History and Preaching (3 hrs.)


Academic Year III

     Liturgy and Preaching (3 hrs)

     Core Homiletic Research Seminar (3 hrs)


As Approved by the Program Director, Thesis Project Advisor and DMin Committee:

     Elective Course I (3 hrs)

     Elective Course II (3 hrs)

     Thesis Project Research (6 total credit hrs)