Doctor Application Checklist

Doctor Application Checklist

1.  Complete an Application

An application for the Doctor of Ministry at Sioux Falls Seminary may be:

2. Send in $25 Application Fee (and Signature Page for Online Applicants)

  • Online Applicants: Return your $20 non-refundable application fee along with a signed Signature Page to: Sioux Falls Seminary, 2100 S. Summit Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.
  • .pdf Applicants: Return your completed application, along with $40 non-refundable fee, to: Sioux Falls Seminary, 2100 S. Summit Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.

3. Fill out a Personal History and Spiritual Autobiography

Please submit a 5-7 page paper which includes:

  • A brief description of your life, including formative experiences
  • Educational experience
  • An account of your Christian pilgrimage
  • A description of your call to vocational ministry
  • A description of your vocational ministry experience

4. Write a Statement of Purpose for Pursuing D.Min. Studies

Please submit a brief statement (one page or less) describing why you are interested in the Doctor of Ministry program at this time.  Include how you perceive this program will help you meet your personal, professional, and academic goals.

5.  Declare your Initial Area of Concentration

Choose an initial concentration (Proclamation of the Gospel, Ministry Leadership, Rural Church Leadership, Missional Church Leadership, Pastoral Care, Marriage and Family Studies, Spiritual Formation, or Biblical/Theological Studies in Ministry) that will likely be the general subject area for your final project.  Students can change their concentration after entering the program. This statement (one page or less) should declare your initial area of concentration and why you are interested in focusing on this particular area.

6.  Submit an Academic Writing Sample

Submit an original 15-20 page paper or use a previously written one from your M.Div. studies.  The paper should represent your best quality of research and writing and, if possible, be on a subject in your proposed area of concentration.  It should include proper citation of references in parenthetical or footnote style.

7. Secure Personal and Professional References

Individuals giving personal or professional references may either complete a .pdf copy mailed to them by the applicant or they may simply go online and fill out the online recommendation form.  See links below for the online and .pdf forms.  Be sure to have at least one professional and one academic reference.  Forms should not be completed by members of your immediate family.

8.  Submit an Ecclesiastical Endorsement Form

Return the completed and signed form to Sioux Falls Seminary at 2100 S. Summit Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.


9. Get Official Transcripts

Official transcripts in sealed envelopes are required and must be sent from every undergraduate and graduate institution attended.

10. Interviews

An interview with the D.Min. Director and/or the D.Min. Admissions Committee is part of the application process.  Interviews are usually conducted in person but can be done by phone, if necessary.

Download: Doctor of Ministry Application Checklist