Korean Doctor of Ministry Program

Admissions and Graduation Requirements

The program director oversees the admission process. The assistant to the program director works with students to assist them in their application process. The NBS Registrar’s Office will be responsible for registration processes. The program director and assistant will work with the registrar to ensure that candidates can apply, be admitted and register with ease. They will ensure that candidate information is understood, protected, and the requisite information is submitted by the applicants. They will be responsible to solve any issues and provide the information to the registrar.

To be admitted to the program, applicants normally will possess a Master of Divinity degree with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (B average) and three years of ministry experience.

Applicants may also be considered for admission who have at least 72 semester hours of graduate studies that includes the completion of a master’s degree and also represents broad-based work in Biblical studies, Theological Studies and the Practice of Ministry. The master’s degree will have an AGPA of 3.0 or B and all additional courses must have received a grade of at least B or 3.0.

  1. In cases where the applicant does not have an accredited Master of Divinity degree, suitability for admission shall be discerned by the following categories and minimal hours. These reflect similar ratios within the ACTS Seminaries Master of Divinity degree. In such matters, the NBS dean has final voice in determining a student’s suitability to enter the program:
    1. Biblical Studies ( minimally 21 hours): Biblical Studies in both New and Old Testament Studies, Biblical Theology, and exegetical/hermeneutics competencies
    2. Theological Studies (minimally 21 hours): Theological studies in systematic and historical theology as well as apologetics studies, Missions or Global studies courses, World Faiths, Christianity/Culture and Church History.
  • The Practice of Ministry (minimally 21 hours): These courses shall include the practical domains of ministry such as leadership, counselling, homiletics, pastoral work and spirituality.
  1. With special consideration from the program director, selected undergraduate, senior level coursework beyond a completed undergraduate degree may be Categories to consider include: Biblical languages, theology, biblical studies and practice of ministry courses completed with B+ grade, within the last fifteen years.
  2. Provisional admission may be achieved with 60 semester hours of graduate level work, which includes the successful completion of a master’s degree in a related field with an AGAP of 3.0 or B. The remaining twelve (12) semester hours of pre-requisite work shall be accomplished by candidates completing senior level undergraduate or masters’ level courses in required subject areas or; with permission from the program director, up to six (6) hours of doctoral level electives transferred in from another institution. All coursework will reflect the “categories and minimal hours” as noted under point 3a above. All such courses must be completed within twenty four months of being admitted. Full candidate status is achieved with successful completion of this course work and an AGPA of B, or 3.0.

Some examples:

  1. An applicant who has a master’s degree in a non-theological discipline along with the MACS in Global Leadership or the MACS in Worldview Studies would be eligible for admission. Ministry experience would be important.
  2. An applicant who has a BTH with biblical languages and substantial theology and biblical studies, plus a two year master’s degree in theology, Bible or ministry might be eligible. Ministry experience would be important.

ATS standards do allow an institution to enrol as many as 20 percent of the candidates “without the requisite three years of ministry experience at the time of admission, provided that the institution can demonstrate objective means for determining that these persons have been prepared by other ministry experience for the level of competence and reflection appropriate for advanced, professional ministerial studies” (ATS Standard E.4.3). The program director makes this determination.

The candidate’s choice of dissertation topic may require them to develop specific competence or expertise that is not provided in the KDMN curriculum. If the candidate insists that this is the dissertation topic he or she desires to pursue, then the KDMN dissertation committee may require the candidate to get that specific training as part of their dissertation process. All applicants will be advised in their letter of admission that their choice of dissertation topic may require them to take additional training to develop such competencies. In most cases candidates will be able to complete their dissertations based upon the KDMN curriculum.

Biblical languages are strongly recommended. Applicants without biblical languages will be urged to pursue some language study as part of their own preparation. Alternatively, such applicants should be advised upon admission that the lack of such skill will limit them in their choice of dissertation topic, or require them to acquire such skill if they desire to pursue certain kinds of research in support of their dissertation project.

Normally the program director will be able to complete the evaluation and make an appropriate decision regarding admission of applicants who do not meet the normal prerequisites. In cases that are more difficult or uncertain the program director will consult with the NBS academic dean. The decision made for each candidate and the specific requirements stipulated shall be stated clearly in the formal letter of admission, along with suggestions as to how these requirements might be fulfilled in a timely manner.

A maximum of six (6) semester hours of course work may be transferred from other approved doctoral level programs to complete the thirty three (33) semester hours of required course work, providing the proposed course fits the program requirements. If a candidate needs to complete prerequisite work additionally he or she may seek permission to transfer in six (6) semester of credits from another doctor of ministry program to fulfill these requirements. Transfer credit will be confirmed in the letter of admission and such decisions will be based upon the official transcripts of candidates’ academic work received by NBS.

International candidates will need to apply for a study permit from the Canadian government in order to register formally for courses. In their application students should indicate that the program requires two years of study, with four, one month study sessions in Canada. The immigration office may provide a permit for the entire two year period or only for each one month session. We cannot determine in advance what each immigration officer may decide to do.

To be eligible for graduation, students must complete eleven courses (33 credits) with a grade point average of at least 3.0, plus a dissertation and oral examination (6 credits) with a minimum grade of B-. The program will appear on the student’s transcript as Doctor of Ministry in Global Leadership (Korean).


Final grades will not be available in any official form before all financial accounts are paid.  No telephone, email, or over-the-counter requests for grade information will be accepted by the Registrar’s office. Once accounts are paid, academic transcripts can be requested via the Academic Transcripts Request Page on this website. Note the posted fees there for transcripts.