Doctor of Ministry Application for Admission

Each year, Acadia admits a limited number of students to the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program. Students are admitted based primarily on academic performance, ministry competence, and writing ability.

To apply for the DMin, follow the instructions below. Normally, the process begins by contacting a member of our DMin Team.

Application Deadline for Summer 2020 start: Friday May 1, 2020
Application Deadline for Fall 2020 start: Tuesday September 1, 2020
*Please note these deadlines represent dates when all applicable application material need to be received. Allow adequate time to prepare material and for other documentation to be sent and received by these deadlines.

Our admission requirements are designed to maintain the high standards of the Acadia DMin program to ensure that you study with peers who share both a heart for ministry and strong academic ability.

Normally, to be considered for admission to the Acadia DMin program, you must:

  • Be currently serving in a paid Christian ministry position. The Doctor of Ministry program is designed to help Christian ministry professionals grow without having to leave their ministry contexts.
  • Have completed a Master of Divinity degree (or its educational equivalent) from a seminary accredited by The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. For information on educational equivalency, contact the DMin Team. Applicants who have completed their academic ministry preparation outside of North America should inquire on an individual basis regarding educational equivalency.
  • Have completed a minimum of three years of paid vocational ministry experience.
  • Have earned a minimum 3.00 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale (or “B” average) in your Master of Divinity or equivalent educational program.*
  • Show evidence of strong writing ability.


If you do not exactly match the above criteria but think that you may be eligible for admission, please contact a member of the DMin Team.

*Equivalency is calculated on the basis of credit hours, content of previous education, GPA, accreditation of the educational institution. If students do not meet equivalency to enter into the DMIN, they will have the opportunity to work with the DMIN team to select the courses at ADC to help meet that equivalency.

We accept transfer students into our DMin program. If you have completed some doctoral studies at another recognized seminary or university and are considering transferring to Acadia, we would be pleased to review your transcript and discuss with you what you would need to complete in order to earn an Acadia DMin. Contact a member of the DMIn Team, to arrange an individual consultation.

Transfer students are eligible for scholarships.

As the DMin degree is an in-ministry degree program, international students should expect to travel to Canada several times during their program.

When travelling internationally for courses, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain all appropriate visas and other necessary permits. Depending on the country or circumstances, the process of getting appropriate documents may take several months. At their earliest possible opportunity, students are advised to clarify what, if any, official government permissions will be necessary, and to apply for any documents as early as possible.

For international students coming to Canada, please follow the instructions given by our government for complying with the most recent legislation:

Instructions for Applying to the Doctor of Ministry Program:

Please read all the instructions below before starting your application.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for admission as early as possible during the academic year prior to their intended enrolment. Students have the option of starting in either the spring or the fall term, depending on when they receive their letter of admissions. Applications are not considered complete until all required documents are received. Consideration for an Acadia Doctoral Scholarship takes place at the same time as your application for admissions.

The application is a five step form that should take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. If you are not able to complete the application all at once, there is a save button located at the bottom of each section. Make sure to save any completed sections before exiting the online application.

A $75.00 (CDN) non-refundable application fee can be paid online by credit card OR by mailing a cheque or money order (made payable to Acadia University) to:

Division of Research and Graduate Studies
Acadia University
Box 70
Wolfville, NS
B4P 2R6

You can email your resume directly from your Acadia Central account. Instructions on how to log into your account will be emailed to you after your application has been received and processed. Or, you can email your resume directly to

As an applicant to Acadia Divinity College, you are responsible for requesting that one (1) official copy of your transcript from every post-secondary institution you have attended be mailed directly to Acadia University. Please note that it often takes several months for the University to receive these documents from all these institutions. These transcripts are only considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope from the original college or university. They should be mailed directly by each college(s) or university(s) to:

Division of Research and Graduate Studies
Acadia University
Box 70
Wolfville, NS
B4P 2R6

DMIN Self-study 
As you apply to the Doctor of Ministry program, it is important that you evaluate your own ministry, your motivation for applying, and your objectives for future ministry. Please complete and send the DMIN Self-study – Applicant to ADC at as a part of your preparation for future study.

As part of the application process we require a letter of support. Please have an individual who knows you and your current ministry situation and can recommend your suitability for the program write a letter of support. This letter should be sent directly to ADC at

All international applicants are required to submit a copy of their passport as part of their application. Please email pages 1 and 2 of your passport to

If you are an International applicant, in most cases you will need to submit an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)/IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score directly from the TOEFL/IELTS Testing Centre.

After your application has been received, you will receive an automated email with instructions on how to log into your Acadia Central account. You will be able to verify the status of your application from this account.

Once you have submitted your application, and all required supporting documents have been received, your completed file will be processed by the Admissions Committee of Acadia Divinity College as well as the Graduate Studies Officer of Acadia University. Applicants will be notified of an admission decision and will receive an official letter by regular mail service.

For Application
Assistance Contact
Dr. Jody Linkletter
Associate Director of Doctoral Studies: (902) 585-2210:
Rev. Dr. Stuart Blythe
John Gladstone Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship: 902-585-1803:

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