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Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
April 17, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Doctor of Ministry: Pastoral Leadership

About the Program

At Waterloo Lutheran Seminary we offer a professional doctorate program to help pastors and lay leaders in non-specialized settings reflect on the practice of ministry. Students engage in this reflection on ministry while drawing on the rich resources of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (WLS) in preaching, worship, leadership, interfaith relations, Bible, theology and ethics. The DMin in Pastoral Leadership seeks to build on these historic strengths of this institution and its degree offerings while affording a new generation of ministry practitioners an opportunity to hone their skills and deepen their reflection at the doctoral level.

The DMin in pastoral leadership is a continuing education degree.  Some courses will be offered on an intensive basis, with a flexibility that reflects the desire to see this particular field as an opportunity for parish pastors to pursue the questions that animate them about ministry.  If you wish to deepen your own sense of ministry among us, pursuing with greater depth an aspect of ministry particularly crucial for where you are, we hope you will feel free to pursue it here at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.

Why Choose This Program?

Equip parish pastors and lay ministry leaders to reflect on the practice of ministry in preaching, worship, leadership and interfaith relations
Develop the necessary competencies to work together with faith communities, agencies, and social services
To undertake a professional advanced degree as opposed to a strictly academic degree (Ph.D.)
Develop expertise in an area that advances by interdisciplinary study, research and ministry
Flexible course options allow for completion of degree while working in congregation or agency

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission must hold the MDiv degree or the equivalent of such a degree acceptable as a qualifying graduate degree for a post-degree program accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), with at least an average of B+.  Computer literacy is expected of all WLS students.

Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated experience in service or ministry for three years.  The program is open to students from all faith traditions.  Interviews may be requested. 

Transfer Credit and Advanced Standing

Applicants with a significant amount of practical experience, or those who have obtained graduate-level credit at other academic institutions may be eligible for credit or advanced standing towards their program.

To be considered, students may file a petition:

Program Requirements

The Graduate Calendar contains the most up-to-date program requirements, as approved by the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Senate. The most up-to-date version can be found on the left-hand side of the Grad Studies homepage.

View the 2013-2014 Doctor of Ministry for program requirements.

Student Resources

The WLS suggests that all students make an appointment with their Faculty Advisor to ensure they are on the path to graduation. Please bring a copy of your course summary (available on your LORIS account).

To find out who your Faculty Advisor is, please contact Dr. Mark Harris.

Application Instructions

Application instructions are below:


Related Information Title Type
2011 D.Min in Pastoral Leadership Program and Thesis Guideline Document