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Top 12 Cheap Online D.Min. - Doctor of Ministry 2019

The doctorate of ministry is a professional degree that can propel your ministry forward. The MDiv is considered the terminal degree in the field, but the DMin is necessary, often, for position titles like Senior Pastor or a place in academia. This list of the top 12 cheapest online DMin programs was made to help you find the ideal program for fulfilling your personal vision for your ministry.

Primarily, this list of twelve affordable doctorate of ministry degrees is the product of the latest tuition information for the ranking process. Schools on this list are ranked by hourly tuition rate.

#1 - Luther Rice College and Seminary

Lithonia, Georgia

Luther Rice College and Seminary was established in 1962.

Online Doctor of Ministry

Enrollment: 1,022
Tuition: $4,806
Luther Rice College and Seminary distributes an online D.Min degree that requires four one week intensives on campus. It is a 30 credit hour program with all other courses 100% online. Tuition at Luther Rice College and Seminary is $316 per credit for the online doctor of ministry. The program requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all graduate courses and a 10-15 page paper for admission (see full guidelines on the application site). Courses in the program include ethics in ministry and issues in counseling. The program does not specifically require an M.Div as a prerequisite.

#2 - Piedmont International University

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Piedmont International University's school mascot is the Bruin.

Online Doctor of Ministry

Enrollment: 669
Tuition: $5,850
A 30-hour program, Piedmont International University has an online D.Min degree that offers seven concentrations: Pastoral Leadership; Bible Exposition; Biblical Counseling; Missions; Discipleship; Christian Education; and Interdisciplinary. Education in the online doctor of ministry program at Piedmont International University goes for a tuition rate of $340 per academic unit. Admission requirements include current ministry involvement, previous ministry experience, a statement of call to minister, and a writing sample, which may be a book review or a scholarly, graded paper written for a previous seminary course.

#3 - Apex School of Theology

Durham, North Carolina

Apex School of Theology as a low student to faculty ratio.

Online Doctor of Ministry

Enrollment: 824
Tuition: $4,200
The online D.Min degree at Apex School of Theology is a 42 credit hour program composed of online work combined with two residential intensives per year and peer group sessions in fall and spring. The doctoral program has four competency tracks: Biblical Studies; Christian Counseling; Developing Effective Series, and Leading for Congregational Change. The school asks for current ministry employment, three years of ministry employment, a $50 fee, as well as three letters of recommendation and a five-page personal essay (both outlined in the application form) as conditions for admission. Apex University charges an online hourly tuition of $358.33.

#4 - North Greenville University

Tigerville, South Carolina

North Greenville University was established in 1891.

Online Doctor of Ministry

Enrollment: 2,565
Tuition: $10,800
The online D.Min degree at North Greenville University is a 32 credit degree that allows up to three years for completion. The final project in this effort involves an aspect of the Great Commission explored in your personal ministry. The program is looking for applicants with at least two years of post-MDiv full-time ministry experience, preferably. Also required for admission is a recent MAT score and five character reference forms. North Greenville University charges of $395 per unit of instruction in the online doctor of ministry.

#5 - Grace School of Theology

Conroe, Texas

Grace School of Theology's school motto is "A Seminary to the World."

Online Doctor of Ministry

Enrollment: 397
Tuition: $3,600
Grace School of Theology's online D.Min is a 30 credit hour degree. Effective biblical leadership and contemporary theological issues are two of the courses required in this program. The school asks applicants to supply written agreement with the Grace Doctrinal Statement, have three years of ministry experience after achievement of master's degree, demonstrable evidence of scholarly ability, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. $400 per credit hour is the rate of tuition at Grace School of Theology for the online doctor of ministry.

#6 - Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia

Liberty University was established in 1971.

Online Doctor of Divinity

Enrollment: 75,756
Tuition: $8,051
Liberty University's online Doctor of Divinity is a 30 credit hour program that includes ten specializations to choose from: Biblical Studies; Chaplaincy; Church Revitalization; Discipleship; Evangelism and Church Planting; Expository Preaching and Teaching; Pastoral Counseling; Ministry Leadership; Theological Apologetics; and Worship. Liberty University offers an online tuition cost of $458.33 per unit of instruction. The program can be completed in just two years and allows up to six credits to be transferred in.

#7 - Lexington Theological Seminary

Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington Theological Seminary is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Online Doctor of Ministry

Enrollment: 66
Tuition: $9,120
The 36 hour online D.Min degree at Lexington Theological Seminary mandates one on-campus, intensive session for two core courses, and allots 12 hours in electives and six hours in a doctor of ministry project. Among the admission requirements are a minimum GPA of 3.0 in graduate work and three years of ministry experience after the master's degree. The degree utilizes a cohort model, moving the same group of students through classes each term. Tuition for the online doctor of ministry at Lexington Theological Seminary is $480 per credit.

#8 - Indiana Wesleyan University

Marion, Indiana

Indiana Wesleyan University is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church.

Online Doctor of Ministry

Enrollment: 3,040
Tuition: $13,000
A 48 credit hour program, Indiana Wesleyan features an online D.Min that comes with two weeks of intensive, residential courses mandated each year with the remaining coursework completed online. A three-year long cohort group explores the concepts of transformational leadership and spiritual formation. Indiana Wesleyan requires three years of ministry, a ministry resume, three recommendations, a spiritual journey and calling essay, and an artifact demonstrating academic research abilities for consideration for admission. Indiana Wesleyan University offers a tuition rate of $515 per unit for the online doctor of ministry.

#9 - Bethel University

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Bethel University was established in 1871.

Online Doctor of Ministry

Enrollment: 3,797
Tuition: $9,630
Mandating 1-2 week intensives each year (of the three years), in either St. Paul, MN or San Diego, CA, Bethel University has an online D.Min that is a 48 credit hour program with six specializations. The specialization options include biblical and theological engagement, church leadership, missional effectiveness, and congregation and family care. Bethel University offers an online per-credit-hour tuition rate of $382 for the St. Paul intensive options and a rate of $550 for the San Diego intensive options.

#10 - George Fox University

Newberg, Oregon

George Fox University was established in 1885.

Online Doctor of Ministry

Enrollment: 4,139
Tuition: $13,015
The online D.Min at George Fox University is a 36 credit hour, three-year program that is cohort-based, with coursework customized by the student and a faculty advisor. One academic retreat per year is held in Cannon Beach, Oregon, and the remainder of the coursework is completed online. Hourly tuition at George Fox University is $560 for the online doctor of ministry. Applicants are expected to possess an M.Div or 72 hours of equivalent graduate course credit.

#11 - Regent University

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Regent University was established in 1977.

Online Doctor of Ministry

Enrollment: 8,389
Tuition: $12,726
Offering four concentrations: Church Leadership and Renewal; Clinical Pastoral Education; Military Ministry; and Ministry Leadership Coaching, the online D.Min program at Regent University is a 36 credit hour degree. Regent University charges a tuition of $650 per credit for their online doctor of ministry program. The program requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 on graduate work, current ministry employment, at least three years of ministry employment experience, recommendation by a current clergy member, and understanding and acceptance of the university's statement of faith.

#12 - Drew University

Madison, New Jersey

Drew University is nicknamed "University in the Forest" because of its sylvan campus.

Online Doctor of Ministry

Enrollment: 2,117
Tuition: $23,688
Drew University's online D.Min degree is an online 30 credit hour, cohort-based program of online courses combined with mandatory, residential intensives. Offering four concentrations: Public Theology; Pastoral Identity and Prophetic Fire; Courageous Leadership in a Changing Culture; and Bible, Theology, and Leadership in the Korean Context, the program requires three years of professional ministry experience, current ministerial employment, a CV with a writing sample, two reference letters, transcripts, and a $40 application fee for admission consideration. Hourly graduate tuition charges at Drew University are $931.