master of divinity


The Doctor of Ministry program focuses on refining ministry skills, spiritual formation and leadership development for Christian leaders seeking to enhance their active ministries. For more information, you can review the DMin Dissertation Manual and the Proposed Scheduling of Courses.

The Dmin program offers experienced Christian leaders a platform for spiritual growth and leadership development through focused self-reflection and enriching dialogue with expert professors and fellow doctoral students.

1 of only 10 Canadian Dmin programs

Focused on developing practical ministry skills

Flexible scheduling options allow you to remain in the ministry you were called to

Participants prepare specialized dissertations relevant to current ministry trends

Financial Aid and Grants Available

Graduates are prepared to make a difference leading in the following settings:

Lead Pastoral Ministry
Religious/Theological Education
Scholarly Ministry

The following summaries are samples of dissertation topics undertaken by students in the DMin program. While these themes are only representative, they do highlight the breadth and the significance of the various research projects.

What factors helped church leaders, who experienced personal conflict in ministry, to process that experience so they could move forward in their own spiritual transformation?
How are pastors, their spouses and church leaders within churches from the FEB CENTRAL Region of the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada encouraging parents to pass on their faith to their children? What barriers do they encounter and what successes are they reporting?
What impact does the British Columbia Leadership Development Network curriculum, practicum and coaching have on participants in regards to enhancing their leadership activities in their respective home congregations?
What factors seem to contribute to ongoing church involvement among young adults in an English ministry congregation within Chinese churches? What further direction should the leaders of these churches glean from these responses?
What factors do pastors in a Baptist denomination identify as critical to their well-being and their ability to stay long term in their ministries?
How have selected North American Baptist churches successfully raised next generation leaders within their congregations? What do these churches report as the reasons for their success? How would such churches describe the intergenerational aspects of their leadership structure?
What impact does an adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius have in developing discernment and spiritual maturity among the adherents and members of one Baptist congregation?
How does an equipping course that discusses selected spiritual themes in contemporary movies and music affect the confidence and openness of adult Christians to listen to media for the purpose of theological reflection?
What effect does the presence of children have on the small group experience? What are the positive effects on the group when the children participate? What are the limitations on the group when children are present?

  I entered the program with decades of experience, but it was unharnessed. The DMIN program at ACTS has funneled my experience and passions into a laser focus. It not only enhanced my education but pointed me towards a Kingdom contribution that fits my head, heart and hand.  

– Scott Tolhurst,
Lead Pastor, Richmond Bethel Church


For entry into the Doctor of Ministry program, applicants must:
Possess a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution AND have at least 3 yrs. of full-time ministry experience after the MDiv degree or its equivalent.

Give evidence of the ability to do doctoral level work as indicated by a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in previous graduate study.

Provide 3 personal references.

Complete a DMin application form, written statement, and other required documentation. This includes a personal plan for the completion of the DMin program.

Be proficient in at least 1 biblical language (recommended only); applicants can apply to have this waived.

Submit their application by July 1st in order to begin studies in Fall of that same year. Late applications may be considered pending available space and time.

Applicants, who lack the necessary prerequisites, may be admitted. However, they will be required to complete such prerequisites before joining a cohort and beginning DMin studies.

Applicants accepted into the program have 12 months to begin their first DMin course.

Applicants, for whom English is a second language, must attain a TOEFL score of 100 iBT (with 23 minimum in each category of Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing). They will be required to participate in the English Writing Lab to assist them in the completion of their assignments.

International applicants must present proof of sufficient funds to support him or her during at least the first year of study.

A maximum of 6 semester hours of course work may be transferred from other approved doctoral level programs, providing the course(s) fits the program requirements. Students would still be required to attend all three learning modules, but would be granted auditor status for the credits deemed transferable.
Candidacy is granted when the student has demonstrated ability to complete all of the degree requirements, which include:
Removal of prerequisite deficiencies;
15 semester hours completed with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than B-;
Approval of the dissertation proposal;
Demonstration of doctoral level writing and research skills;
Certification by the ACTS D.Min. Program Director and the Registrar
Candidates must complete an application to graduate at least four months prior to the expected graduation ceremony in April 1.
At least twenty four semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) must be completed at ACTS. Courses with less than a B- grade will not be counted towards the completion of the degree.
All core requirements (31 semester hours) must be completed, as well as all course deficiencies identified at the time of application.
Completion of the dissertation (6 semester hours), including a successful oral examination, on an approved topic with a minimum grade of B-.