Doctor of Ministry Program

The Doctor of Ministry Program

Enrich your priesthood with…

A Doctor of Ministry in the Eastern Christian Context

The Doctor of Ministry is designed to deepen and enhance your ministry through systematic study and reflection. Participants remain in their places of ministry during the program and attend classes three or four weeks a year. Emphasis is placed on integration of the theological disciplines with major areas of church leadership.


Six core seminars covering the theology of ministry, eccesiology, canon law, homiletics, spirituality and pastoral care, education, ethics and community issues make up the first half of the program. They will be taught by a combined faculty of Pittsburgh Seminary and recognized Eastern Christian scholars. Seminars will usually be five days in length.

Following completion of these courses, students will select an area for further study and design a doctoral project in that area of interest. A Proposal Colloquium, a Biblical Seminar and two electives help to prepare for the implementation of the project and the writing of the doctoral paper.


The six core seminars will be held concurrently with the Byzantine Seminary at Ilara, Lagos State

Students will also spend two weeks at St Athanasius Theological Seminary completing the Proposal Colloquium and the Biblical Seminar. The doctoral project will be carried out in the candidate’s place of ministry with the assistance of two faculty advisors.

This program is for you if…

  • You have reached a plateau in your present ministry and are ready for new personal and professional growth.
  • You would appreciate an educational approach that utilizes your experience in ministry as part of every course from administration to theology.
  • You want your educational program to have direct results for the ministry in which you serve.


A Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from an accredited seminary or divinity school is required for admission. Applicants are also required to have completed a minimum of three years in ministry following receipt of the Master of Divinity.


The program is designed to be completed in three to four years, with 30 credit hours of required coursework. In addition, a doctoral project valued at six credit hours must be completed. The current tuition for the program is $224 per credit hour, due at the beginning of each course. The total program tuition is now $8064 (36 hours). Fees are reviewed annually by the Board of Directors.

Quality and Experience

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a fully accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools and has offered the Doctor of Ministry degree since 1972. Several features make this unique program especially attractive. One is the emphasis on integrating academic work with the practice of ministry. Another is the resources of our combined faculty and fine libraries. A third is the collegial spirit which develops among faculty and students in the program.

Open to:

  • Graduates of an accredited seminary with at least a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, and
  • at least three years’ experience in active ministry, and
  • an interest in pursuing a professional doctoral degree in a specifically Eastern Christian perspective

(Orthodox and non-Orthodox students are accepted without discrimination)


  • To provide an opportunity for structured reflection on the practice of ministry
  • To equip persons for positions of specialized leadership in the church


  • Six (6) core courses are offered on an intensive basis twice a year at the House of Studies (using the facilities of the Byzantine Village, Lagos State) by a combination of Orthodox scholars and members of the Faculty of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • Two (2) colloquia preparatory to a final doctoral project
  • Two (2) electives, taken at any accredited institution
  • A final project


  • Classes are comprised of no more than fifteen students progressing together through completion.
  • One unit is offered after Orthodox Pascha, two units in the last week of August/first week of September.
  • Advance reading and a follow-up paper are required for each course.