Coursework

Coursework Overview

Participation in the Leadership and Global Perspectives DMin program can be broken into three phases: application and enrollment, engagement with the coursework, and completion of the dissertation.

During the coursework phase of the program, students participate in three sets of courses over six modules/semesters (Years 1-2):

  • Research courses: DMIN 713, 723, 733, 743

  • Customized courses with Faculty Advisor: DMIN 716, 726, 736, 746

  • Lead Mentor courses: DMIN 717, 727, 728, 737, 747, 748

Research Courses

The research courses prepare students for the dissertation phase of the program by helping them gain greater competence in information literacy: how to access, evaluate, and incorporate information for application-oriented research. Students meet face to face for one day of the orientation advance for DMIN 713 and online for 723, 733, 743.

Customized Courses

The four customized courses are designed to give students greater flexibility to engage in research and writing on subjects of interest to them, but under the supervision of a Faculty Advisor. Each of the customized courses include three major elements:

  • Learning Plans: Written up at the beginning of the module and approved by their faculty advisor, students propose a course of study for each module that includes a reading pool, field research experience, and essay concentrated on their topic area.

  • Field Research: Students design a field research experience that supports their personal research interests.

  • Essays: Students produce a 4,000-word academic essay at the end of semester.

Students select an area they wish to research over the first two years of the program that focuses on their particular ministry context. On the basis of their chosen topic and ministry context, a “faculty advisor” is assigned to students at the outset of the program, who personally supervises and evaluates their work for these courses.

Students utilize the four customized courses to explore more deeply their area of specialization with a view to becoming a “cohort expert” in this area. The research associated with the customized courses also serves as a foundation for the research related to their dissertations. The faculty advisor normally becomes the student’s dissertation advisor.

Courses Taught by the Lead Mentor

Dr. Jason Clark serves as the Lead Mentor for the Leadership and Global Perspectives program. Dr. Clark's courses consist of directed readings and cohort-level interaction that facilitates student exploration of how to lead in their own contexts in view of a global perspective. These courses generally include the following elements:

  • Reading: The Lead Mentor provides a reading list and schedule of books, articles, and websites for students to explore and discuss.

  • Innovative research methodologies: The Lead Mentor exposes students to innovative research methodologies, such as visual ethnography.

  • Personal Leadership Development Plan (PLDP): Under the Lead Mentor’s guidance, students develop a PLDP that details the student's leadership goals and the steps and practices needed in order to undertake the student's leadership development. The plan requires clear metrics for measuring progress and is cumulatively added to each semester as the student progresses through the program.

  • Asynchronous discussion: Students discuss online the assigned course materials each week on the dminlgp group blog platform.

  • Chat: Students meet once a week for synchronous chat. The Lead Mentor facilitates the discussion.

  • International advances: Students join the Lead Mentor and their advisors annually at various global locations to interact with scholars and leaders from faith-based, nonprofit organizations and churches who are making a difference in their context.

Program Course Sequence

Year One

First Semester — Personal Leadership Formation (6 hours)

DMIN 713 Introduction to Research and Resources

1

DMIN 716 Customized Course I

3

DMIN 717 Engaging Leadership Concepts - Global Concerns in Historical Perspective (includes First Advance)

2

Second Semester — Dynamics of Leadership (6 hours)

DMIN 726 Customized Course II

3

DMIN 727 Developing Leadership Strategies - Global Concerns in Theological Perspective

3

Third Semester — Leadership and Personal Spiritual Formation (4 hours)

DMIN 723 Developing a Topic for Research

1

DMIN 728 Spirituality and Leadership - Global Concerns in Sociological Perspective

3

Year Two

First Semester — Leadership in Global and Local Perspectives (6 hours)

DMIN 733 Designing a Research Model

1

DMIN 736 Customized Course III

3

DMIN 737 Thinking Globally and Leading Locally - Church, World & Culture (includes Second Advance)

2

Second Semester — Leadership in Theological and Practical Perspectives (6 hours)

DMIN 746 Customized Course IV

3

DMIN 747 Distilling a Dream for Leadership in the Emerging Culture - The Nature and Art of Global Missional Leadership

3

Final Semester — Leadership and Community Spiritual Formation (4 hours)

DMIN 743 Writing the Dissertation

1

DMIN 748 Spiritual Leadership in Christian Community - Geography of Personhood: Remapping Local Identity in a Global Context

3

Year Three

First Semester

DMIN 800 Dissertation - (includes Final Advance)

4

Second Semester

DMIN 805 Dissertation (non-credit continuation billed at 1 hour)

Learn more: Explore the course descriptions in the university catalog

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