Doctor of Ministry: Pastoral Leadership
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
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.
• Equip parish pastors and lay ministry leaders to reflect on the
practice of ministry in preaching, worship, leadership and interfaith
• 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
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.
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.
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.
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 are below:
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