All work, including the defense of the major project, must be completed within six years. The six years begin with the first course taken in the D.Min. program. Students who are unable to complete their degree in six years may request an extension, not to exceed a total of ten years to complete degree requirements.
All D.Min. courses, except Research Study (major project), are taken in one-week modules offered in January, May, and August and via online learning (up to four courses). A maximum of three courses (nine credit hours) can be completed each year unless permission is granted by the Seminary Committee. This schedule allows the student sufficient time for application of course material in his home ministry as well as sufficient time for the completion of pre-course and post-coursework.
Students must be registered for Continuing Major Project Services to be completed at the students’ home residence when they are doing their independent research.