The Berkeley School of Theology is a small community that trains men and women to become locally-grounded and globally-minded Christian leaders. It is a great privilege to be a part of this community.

Dr. Sangyil Park

Associate Professor of Preaching

Director of D.Min. Program

GTU Core Doctoral Faculty

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree is an interdisciplinary advanced degree designed to enhance the practice of ministry in urban multicultural settings. The DMin is a flexible non-resident program. Courses are taught in one-week intensives, typically offered in January and June. Additionally, students have access to the rich resources available throughout the academic year at BST and its partner institutions.

The D.Min. typically requires no less than three years or more than six years for completion.

Through this program students will become acquainted with a wealth of culturally-relevant resources and with professors from the academy and the church who teach primarily for the  (BST) and Graduate Theological Union (GTU).

The successful student will acquire the skills necessary to integrate theory and praxis essential for effective transformational leadership in the twenty-first century. Furthermore, participants are placed in cohort groups that foster and maintain collegiality.

DMin students develop expertise in areas such as:

  • Transformational Leadership
  • Prophetic Preaching
  • Womanist Theological Approaches
  • Urban Ministry
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Social Justice and Action

Multicultural Ministries … and more


Within the first two years, D.Min. students will be required to take the following courses:

Seminar: Critical Interpretation & Project Development I 3 units
Seminar: Critical Interpretation & Project Development II 3 units
Leadership in Urban Communities 3 units
Advanced Electives 15 units (based on student’s specialization)
Total Course Requirements 24 units

The program will culminate in the third year with the writing and oral defense of a dissertation.

Dissertation 6 units
Total Degree Requirements 30 units

Qualifications for Admission to Doctor of Ministry Program:

Master of Divinity Degree or equivalent from accredited seminary or university, with a minimum of 3.0 GPA

A minimum of three years of ministry experience and present engagement in ministry

Completed Application form and supporting materials

Interested in this program? Apply now!


(You should receive one email for verification and another email to open your application.)

For questions, please contact the Admissions Office at (live link) or (510) 841-1905 ext 229.