Course Work Overview

Participation in the Leadership and Global Perspectives DMin program can be broken into three phases: application and enrollment, completion of the course work, and production of the dissertation.

During the first two years of the program, students participate in three sets of courses over six modules:

  • Research courses: DMIN 713, 723, 733, 743
  • Customized courses: DMIN 716, 726, 736, 746
  • Dr. Clark's courses: DMIN 717, 727, 728, 737, 747, 748

The table below outlines the course sequence for the program:

Year One

First Semester — Personal Leadership Formation (6 hours)

DMIN 713 Introduction to Research and Resources


DMIN 716 Customized Course I


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


Second Semester — Dynamics of Leadership (6 hours)

DMIN 726 Customized Course II


DMIN 727 Developing Leadership Strategies - Global Concerns in Theological Perspective


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

DMIN 723 Developing a Topic for Research


DMIN 728 Spirituality and Leadership - Global Concerns in Sociological Perspective


Year Two

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

DMIN 733 Designing a Research Model


DMIN 736 Customized Course III


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


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

DMIN 746 Customized Course IV


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


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

DMIN 743 Writing the Dissertation


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


Year Three

First Semester

DMIN 800 Dissertation - (includes Final Advance)


Second Semester

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

Learn more: Explore the course descriptions in the university catalog

Research Courses

The research courses prepare students for the dissertation phase of the program by helping them gain greater competence in information literacy - the art of knowing when one needs information, where to get it, how to access and evaluate it, and how to incorporate that information into one’s work. Students meet face to face for the first two days of each face to face experience for DMIN 713, 723, and online for 743.

Customized Courses

The four customized courses are designed to give students greater flexibility to pursue subjects of interest to them. 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, conference, and essay thesis concentrated on their topic area.
  • Field Research: Students design a field research experience that supports their personal research interests. Faculty advisor approval is required.
  • 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, a faculty advisor is assigned to students during the orientation advance who supervises and evaluates their work for these courses.

Students utilize the four customized courses to explore more deeply the area of specialization with a view to becoming a “cohort expert” in this area. In the group interaction, they then serve as a resource to the rest of the cohort. The research associated with the customized courses also serves as a foundation for the research related to their dissertations.

Courses Taught by the Lead Mentor

Dr. Clark's courses consist of directed readings and student-organized interaction that fosters and resources students exploration of their own research interests, within both their global and local leadership contexts. These courses generally include the following elements:

  • Reading: Dr. Clark provides a reading list and schedule of books, articles, and websites for students to explore and discuss.
  • Innovative research methodologies: Dr. Clark exposes students to innovative research methodologies, such as visual ethnography.
  • Personal leadership development plan: Under Dr. Clarks guidance, students develop a personalized leadership development plan that details the student's leadership goals and aspirations 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 Dr. Clark's courses.
  • Asynchronous discussion: Students discuss online the assigned course materials throughout each week using various social media tools in conjunction with the dminlgp group blog space.
  • Chat: Students meet once a week for synchronous chat. Dr. Clark facilitates the discussion.
  • International advances: Students join Dr. Clark 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.

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