Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in the Dominican tradition

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. 

Program Details

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


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.

Ministry 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.


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