The D.Min. in Transformative Leadership offers experienced clergy and lay practitioners an opportunity to develop their leadership in concert with the historical values and traditions of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, as those values and traditions set forth visions for the future. In integrative and interdisciplinary courses, leaders have the opportunity to strengthen their biblical and theological grounding for their leadership; to reflect on their leadership with reference to solidarity with persons who are poor, oppressed and marginalized; and to explore critical social issues that are the contemporary versions of the historical social and religious movements of Rochester and Western New York: evangelical revival, abolition of slavery and racism, and women’s suffrage and equality.
The Doctor of Ministry program requires the satisfactory completion of nine courses. Of these nine courses, three are required (INT 701, 703, and 711) D. Min students are required to take five (5) additional INT 700 level courses. The ninth course is fulfilled by the actual writing of the thesis.
Each student will be assigned a faculty advisor upon admission to the program. By the beginning of the student's fifth course, the student must identify and confirm a faculty mentor, who will direct the student's remaining course work and thesis writing.
Courses are taught in an intensive format during the first two weeks of January and June. This schedule allows students to enroll in up to four courses each year. Part-time status is also available if individuals can only come to campus one week in January in June, but the program must be completed in six years.
Courses include three elements: 1) readings and responses, completed before the course is taught; 2) residency; 3) a final course project. To facilitate the work that needs to be done before classes begin, students receive syllabi and all required reading lists. Students can expect to receive these materials no later than one week before the term begins.
Requirements for the Doctor of Ministry degree can usually be met within 36 months of enrollment. Students may complete program requirements over a longer time provided all requirements are met within six years of first enrollment.