Coursework Overview

Participation in the Leadership and Global Perspectives DMin program can be broken into two phases: 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 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: Students propose a course of study for each semester that includes a reading pool, field research experience, and annotated bibliography/essay concentrated on their topic area. These are approved by their faculty advisor.
  • Annotated Bibliography (first semester only): In lieu of the essay and field research, students identify and annotate a selection of sources related to their ministry research topic and problem.
  • Field Research: Students design a field research experience that supports their personal research interests in the second-fourth semesters.
  • Essays: Students produce a 4,000-word academic essay at the end of second-fourth semesters.

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, the 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, focusing on the underlying ministry problem in the first year and resources to address the problem in the second. 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 facilitate 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.

  • 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 a synchronous video conference. The Lead Mentor facilitates the discussion.

  • Advances in London, Cape Town, and Hong Kong: Students join the Lead Mentor and their advisors annually in London, Cape Town, or Hong Kong 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


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