Doctor of Ministry Program

Doctor of Ministry Program in Transformational Leadership

The Doctor of Ministry 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, such as evangelical revival, abolition of slavery and racism, and women’s suffrage and equality.

Degree Requirements: The Doctor of Ministry requires the satisfactory completion of ten courses (thirty credit hours). Of the ten courses, four are required (INT 701, 702, 705 and 706). Four courses are fulfilled by electives or concentration and the final two courses are fulfilled by the actual writing of the thesis.

Eligibility: Applicants to the Doctor of Ministry program must have earned a Master of Divinity degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0, or the educational equivalent of a Master of Divinity degree in both duration and kind. (Click here to view guidelines for M.Div. Equivalency.)

Additionally, applicants must have a minimum of 3 years of ministry experience after earning their first graduate theological degree.

Optional Concentrations: Specific course requirements vary based on the following concentrations:

  • Prophetic Preaching
  • Earth, Justice & Spirituality 
  • Peace, Service & Justice
  • Gender, Sexual, & Racial Justice 

Limited Residency: Courses are taught in a limited residency format. Students are expected to be available for synchronous online instruction during the designated residency periods for each course as outlined on the academic calendar.  This schedule allows students to enroll in up to five courses each year. Courses include three elements: 1) readings and responses, completed before the residency period; 2) residency; 3) a final course project or assignment. To facilitate the work that needs to be done before classes begin, students receive syllabi along with all required reading lists. For intensive courses (taught in the summer and winter), students can expect to receive course syllabi and reading lists 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.

Application Deadline: Entry into the program begins each year in the Fall semester. Application deadline is April 15. For specific information please contact

The current CRCDS Academic Catalogue may be viewed here.