Course Work Overview

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
  • Len Sweet's courses: DMIN 717, 727, 728, 737, 747, 748

The table below outlines the course sequence for the program:

Year One

Fall Semester — Personal Leadership Formation (6 hours)

Orientation advance

DMIN 713 Introduction to Research and Resources


DMIN 716 Customized Course I


DMIN 717 Engaging Leadership Concepts - Semiotics in Historical Perspective


Spring Semester — Dynamics of Leadership (6 hours)

DMIN 726 Customized Course II


DMIN 727 Developing Leadership Strategies - Missional Concerns  in Theological Perspective


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

DMIN 723 Developing a Topic for Research


DMIN 728 Spirituality and Leadership - Relational Concerns Sociological Perspective (includes Cambridge Advance)


Year Two

Fall 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


Spring 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 MRI Leadership


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

DMIN 743 Writing the Dissertation


DMIN 748 Spiritual Leadership in Christian Community - Geography of Personhood: Remapping as followership (includes Orcas Advance)


Year Three

Fall Semester

DMIN 800 Dissertation


Spring 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 advance for DMIN 713, 723 and 743.

Customized Courses

The customized courses are designed to give students greater flexibility to pursue subjects of interest to them. Students are assigned a faculty advisor during the orientation advance who oversees and evaluates their work in these courses. 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.
  • Field Research: Students participate in "field research" for modules 01, 02, 03 and 04 appropriate to their topic of study. Faculty advisor approval is required.

    Listed below are a sample of the kinds of field research experiences that students have undertaken in the past.

  • Essays: All learning experiences for each module are synthesized in a 4,000-word essay at the end of semester.

Courses Taught by the Lead Mentor

Len Sweet's courses are characterized by directed reading and self-organizing interaction. Following Len's lead, students explore various aspects of leadership in the emerging culture. Len's courses normally include the following elements:

  • Reading: Len provides a reading list and schedule of books, articles and websites for students to explore and discuss.
  • Asynchronous discussion: Students meet weekly in an asynchornous chat forum to discuss the assigned course materials.
  • Chat: Students meet once a week for synchronous chat. Len faciliates the discussion.
  • Advances: As a part of DMIN 717, DMIN 728, and DMIN 748, Wednesday through Friday of the advances, students meet face to face with Len.

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