Doctoral Programs

Find Renewal

community of cohort at Portland Seminary

Discover a Community

and address the ministry need you see with confidence

You need a community to collaborate with you to address ministry challenges . Whether you’ve been in leadership for a while or are equipping yourself for a lifelong call, our unique doctoral programs invite you to address the needs of our world, and help you form as a ministry leader who partners with God to bring about change in our world.

Doctor of Leadership in Global Perspectives

Lead beyond the local church

As an educated, experienced Christian leader, you see the need to guide your community or organization through uncertain times into a hopeful present and future. Join a Christ-centered, theologically-informed and faith-affirming doctor of leadership program tasked with equipping you to do just that. And unlike a traditional Doctor of Ministry degree, you don’t need a master of divinity degree as a prerequisite!

Doctor of Ministry

Address real-world concerns with a researched approach

The health and growth of the church today depends on ‘doctors of the church’ who are dynamic in their problem solving and passionate about the church’s vitality. A Doctor of Ministry degree will equip you to address the needs of the church in a tangible, practical way. Now more than ever, the Church needs growing leaders, renewed in their calling, who are able to solve real-world problems in their context.

Broaden Your Experience & Cultivate Your Growth

Portland Seminary has two Doctor of Ministry (DMin) programs and a Doctor of Leadership in Global Perspectives. All three doctoral programs are the most advanced degrees for educated, experienced leaders as they help to cultivate and grow their ministry practice.

Accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, our online doctoral programs develop confident, Christian leaders skilled in creatively addressing the needs, problems or opportunities of ministry leadership.

In each doctoral program, you’ll benefit from:

  • A lead faculty mentor, there to shape and inspire your experience as you travel throughout your program
  • A close, cohort community
  • A flexible, online format
  • Intentional and formative face-to-face experiences
  • Our unique Project Portfolio format, a guided research journey where you address a real-world ministry need, problem or opportunity

Still unsure if a Doctor of Ministry is the right approach?

Find out how to choose between a DMin or PhD

Project Portfolio
More than Just a Thesis

Our three-year online doctoral programs lead you on a journey of discovery. Whether you end up starting a nonprofit organization or writing a book that addresses faith formation in the next generation, our intentional Project Portfolio format is more than just a thesis. It’s a partnership between you and us as we work together to identify what need, opportunity, or problem that God is calling you to address.

Project Portfolio Details

Stephanie Hurd

Stephanie Hurd

Doctor of Ministry

The greatest joy of my DMin was the gaining of knowledge within the relationships of my cohort. It was the delivery model of honing and sharpening together with Dr. Sweet... and my fellow cohort. I was joining others on a journey that drew me closer to Jesus and strengthened my vocation.


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Michael Simmons, MA

Admissions Counselor, Seminary