The Doctor of Ministry of ETS is a semi-cohort system, which offers five modules during which all students will participate in the same module each year. Students will attend a two-week residential module each for five years (over the span of four years and two weeks). During each module, an Enrichment Module will be offered, featuring a scholar from one of these fields: Theology, Bible, Preaching, Missions, and Church Ministry. In addition to the Enrichment lectures, Research Methodology courses will be taught.

Since 2017, the D.Min. has been accredited by the Asia Theological Association (ATA).

For the first two years, each student will work on a field-research project, which will be presented and reviewed by peers during the following modules.

The following two years the student will work on his/her dissertation:

  1. Module one: Orientation to the Program
  2. Module Two: First Field Report
  3. Module Three: Second Field Report & Dissertation Proposal
  4. Module Four: Dissertation - Biblical Concept & Literature Review
  5. Module Five: Dissertation - Remaining Chapters

The students are required to be present at ETS' Hosur campus right after their third module for the defense of their Dissertation Proposal, and to spend few weeks of research in the Library.

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