Students are expected to maintain continuous enrollment once admitted to Northeastern Seminary. They are expected to complete their degree program within three years of its normal length. Thus, D.Min. students will be allowed six years for the initial matriculation date to complete their academic work.

The structure of the Doctor of Ministry program allows students to be enrolled in up to seven credits each semester for a total of 14 credits per academic year. A minimum of six credits per semester is necessary for full-time status; three credits per semester are required for part-time status. This scheduling allows for awarding financial aid and deferring student loans. 

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Special Topics Courses

Courses are offered in conjunction with the Seminary’s annual Conference on Ministry and have focused on such topics as:

  • The Courage to be Human in an Age of Celebrity with Mandy Smith
  • The Liberating Cross: In the Hands of a Loving God with Brian Zahnd
  • Leading Like Jesus with Dr. MaryKate Morse
  • Power, Inequality, and Reconciliation in the Church with Christena Cleveland
  • Cultural Intelligence with Soong-Chan Rah
  • The Missional and Emergent Life of the North American Church with Phyllis Tickle
  • The Future of Evangelicalism with David Fitch
  • The Soul of Leadership with Ruth Haley Barton

Spiritual Formation

Northeastern Seminary is committed to the personal and spiritual growth of every seminarian. Through innovative and integrative personal and spiritual formation practices students are exposed to the rich resources and disciplines of formative Christian spirituality. The fundamental objectives include spiritual as well as the academic preparation for pastoral and lay ministry.

Fostering spiritual formation in a multi-denominational community:

  • Required courses include a 24-hour retreat during the residency week
  • Annual Seminary Spiritual Retreat that brings together students, alumni, faculty, and staff
  • Courses and readings in formative spirituality and Scripture study

The Personal and Spiritual Formation Curriculum promotes:

  • Growth in their personal relationship with God and the development of a spiritually- disciplined life
  • Sensitivity to God's active presence in their own life, the lives of others, and the world
  • Growth in personal formation, emotional maturity, and moral integrity
  • Deepening acceptance and love of others, compassion, and forgiveness
  • Concern for and ability to relate openly to other people, especially in regard to personal and spiritual matters
  • Deepening confidence and courage to be a public witness for Christ and the Gospel, in both religious and secular communities, even in the face of opposition

*Course selections must meet requirements for graduation. You will choose courses through academic advising.