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The following is required for consideration of acceptance for either the Kansas City English or Kansas City Spanish DMin:

  • A completed NTS Application for Admission *
    • Early Application Deadline - March 1
    • Final Application Deadline - June 1, late applications accepted after the deadline when cohorts are not filled.
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee that is paid with the online application.
  • Official transcripts detailing previous academic study from all universities or colleges attended, embossed with the school seal and must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Office of the Registrar and Admissions. International students who have transcripts in a language other than English must provide an accompanying certified English translation.
  • Three Completed Reference Forms:
    • Ecclesial Employer/Supervisor - person to whom the applicant is most directly accountable in current ministry context
    • Academic Professor - from the applicant’s graduate theological degree program 
    • Layperson - non-relative from the applicant’s current ministry context

NOTE:  Army Chaplains who apply for admission to the program may use their last two Officer Efficiency Reports (OERs) in lieu of the Ecclesial Employer/Supervisor and Layperson references.

  • Personal and Professional Identity Paper - A 1,500-word typed paper that includes: 
    • An overview of your personal spiritual and leadership journey with reference to all ministry experience, including your current context (500 words)
    • An articulation of the theology that undergirds your ministry, with references to particular thinkers and writers who shape your theological understanding and framework (750 words)
    • An evaluation of your current professional and educational competence and goals (250 words)

The paper should demonstrate your ability to organize your written thoughts clearly and coherently, using correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. and appropriate/consistent form and style. Citations of sources should include full bibliographic information.

  • Research Statement - A 500-word typed paper that includes:
    • Your research interest for the appropriate DMin track. Specifically, how you envision narrowing your research focus based on your theological interests and the contextual challenge/problem you hope to address (300 words)
    • A rationale for pursuing the Doctor of Ministry program, i.e., your vision for how the Program will contribute to your personal and professional development in your current ministry context (200 words)

Following Application Submission

Completed applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the NTS DMin Advisory Committee. Evaluation for acceptance will include:

  • Interview of the applicant by the DMin Coordinator (in person or by phone).
  • A possible interview by the DMin Advisory Committee (at its discretion, and in person or by phone). 
  • Upon acceptance, an official letter of acceptance will be sent, along with an Enrollment Confirmation Form to be filled out by the applicant. To confirm enrollment the applicant’s first semester of courses, this form must be completed along with a $100 confirmation deposit toward tuition

Following Acceptance

Complete Confirmation - this formalizes your intent to begin coursework at NTS. 

  • This step can be completed using the online confirmation form or the paper form that came with your acceptance packet in the mail. Return it to the Office of the Registrar and Admissions as soon as possible by fax, email, or mail. Our fax number is 816.268.5500.
  • You can either enclose a check when you return your Confirmation of Enrollment form, or click here to pay your fee online using your credit or debit card. This non-refundable deposit will be credited to your account when you enroll. 
    • NOTE:  If you choose to pay your enrollment deposit online, there will be a $3.00 credit card processing fee added to the enrollment deposit (thus making the total paid online $103.00 rather than $100.00).  
  • If any of your contact information (address, email, phone) has or will be changing, please contact the DMin Coordinator as soon as possible at 816.268.5413 or 800.831.3011, ext. 5413, or dmin@nts.edu

Contact Information

If you have any questions about applications or requirements, please contact the DMin Coordinator at 1.800.831.3011, ext. 5413 or dmin@nts.edu.