Course Design

The MEGST Doctor of Ministry is a professional doctoral program designed for those who are actively involved in vocational ministry. The program prepares ministers to practice ministry effectively and meaningfully through the ongoing integration of theory and practice. The program also trains ministers to acquire and develop mature and effective leadership skills and competencies to manage a church or ministry/organization. It is a non-residential program that enables the students to complete a post-graduate course of study in higher education while remaining in full-time ministry.

Course Objectives

The Doctor of Ministry program equips students to achieve the following program learning outcomes. A student will be able to

  • evaluate their own personal, spiritual, and professional development
  • assess and construct biblical ministries in a variety of contemporary contexts
  • conduct professional applied research within their chosen field of study
  • enhance identified ministerial skills such as preaching, leadership, and administration
  • communicate God’s Word effectively through preaching and teaching
  • contribute to the practice of ministry for greater local church and parachurch effectiveness.

Course Requirements

The D.Min. Program requires 32 credit hours of coursework plus 16 credit hours for the Dissertation related to the student’s ministry area (a total of 48 credit hours). The whole program will normally require at least three years of study. The Length of D.Min Study (course work and dissertation writing) is 3 years to 5 years. For the first two years, two courses are taken each semester, requiring a total of four weeks of study at MEGST each year (one subject a week for two weeks during the semester break and the same for two weeks in summer). Students who have successfully completed coursework (32 Credit hours=8 subjects) in two years with an overall grade of at least (B) are eligible to start writing their dissertation. The candidates may start their dissertation proposal defense just before completing their coursework. The student should work closely with the Program Director or the assigned professor before defending their proposal. The committee is responsible for finding suitable mentors or supervisors for those students who successfully defended their proposal. Students may propose a supervisor but the post-graduate committee is responsible for securing an external reader/examiner. The final draft of the dissertation should be submitted by the last week of November to be examined by the external reader. The dissertation should be between 50000 and 60000 words, excluding contents, bibliography, and appendices.

Tentative Schedule and Courses

No Course Month/Year
1 Final Submission of Application form End of July 2024
2 English 4-Skills  4th Week of August 2024
3 Personal Interview 5th Week of August 2024
4 Informing Admission Status 5th Week of August 2024

Week One: Research and Writing Methods
Week Two: Theology of Work

September 2-27, 2024

Week One: Christian Worship
Week Two: Church and Society

March 3-29, 2025
7 Week One: Church Leadership
Week Two: Issues Facing Evangelical Christians in Myanmar
October 6-31, 2025
8 Week One: Educational Ministry of the Church
Week Two: Pastoral Counseling 
March 2-27, 2026
9 Proposal Defense April 2026
10 Submitting Dissertation (Final Draft) November 2026
10 Graduation February 2027