Degree Programs

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

PURPOSE

The Doctor of Ministry program is designed to prepare students for advanced studies in ministry, to strengthen their spiritual maturity and theology understanding, and to better serve the Chinese communities in North America.

The DMin program offers direct-instruction and distance-learning courses covering theological methodology, contemporary theology, advanced Old Testament and New Testament studies, and independent studies tailored to the student’s research topic including counseling, preaching, missiology, and leadership. The hybrid approach is to ensure a flexible and communal education experience. Students are expected to develop advanced knowledge of theological studies with integral concepts of ministry skills to exert leadership in today’s multicultural church contexts and to establish a strong pastoral system to extend God’s kingdom effectively.

 

GOAL

Graduates from this program are expected to achieve the following:

  1. To form well-shaped spiritual life and characters.
  2. To fully grasp advanced knowledge of theological studies with integral concepts of ministry skill.
  3. To meet the needs of today's multicultural churches, exert leadership, establish a strong pastoral system, and effectively participate in the development of God’s kingdom.

 

ADMISSION QUALIFICATION

  1. Holding a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.3 (B+ or 86.5%) or above, or with equivalent academic qualifications.
  2. At least four years of experience in full-time ministry with good standing after receiving the MDiv degree. Applicant who has two years or more of experience in full-time ministry before starting the MDiv degree requires one more year of experience in full-time ministry after receiving the MDiv degree.
  3. Two recommendations from church pastors, faculty from attended seminary, or non-subordinate ministry coworkers on personal and spiritual maturity, academic performance and ministry effectiveness, with recommendations submitted directly from recommenders.
  4. Proof of English proficiency with minimum TOEFL score of 540/71(TOEFL iBT). Applicants with a Bachelor or higher degree from an English institution are exempt from this requirement.
  5. Since all teaching materials of the DMin program are in Chinese and taught in Mandarin, and the mission of the DMin program is to develop and grow ministers for the Chinese community, all non-native Chinese applicants require proof of Chinese proficiency at the Advanced Mid level from American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
  6. GETS does not offer or accept results from any Ability-to-benefit Exam.
  7. The maximum number of credits transferred from other seminaries recognized by this school shall not exceed 6 credit hours (2 courses).

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION

  1. Completed admission application form, including the following:
    1. Personal statement of calling for ministry
    2. Self-evaluation form (including evaluation/reflection on spiritual growth, learning from ministry, past success and failure in ministry, strengths and weaknesses in self-learning, and reasons for changing ministry if applicable)
    3. Future study plan: briefly describe interested topic for DMin dissertation and the value of the research topic.
    4. Admission Application Fee of US$50, plus 2” photo taken within 3 months from submission of admission application (electronic file for the photo is acceptable)
    5. Copies of graduation certificate and transcript for post-high school education; and copies of seminary graduation certificate and transcript.
  2. Interview, either in person or online.

 

TUITION AND MISCELLANEOUS FEES

  1. Tuition: US$275 per Credit Hour, fully paid at registration or before starting the course.
  2. Residency (two times, with duration of two weeks for each time): Students will pay for room and board and transportation to location. GETS does not offer on-campus or off-campus housing, and students are responsible for their housing and meals.
  3. D. Min Candidacy Assessment Fee: US$400 (Only for those become candidate)
  4. Closing or graduating fee: US$200
  5. Program Extension fee: US$825 per year, maximum two years

 

DURATION, LOCATION, AND METHODS OF INSTRUCTION

The program will be conducted in a hybrid approach to ensure a flexible and communal education experience, as follows:

  • Four courses are offered as direct instruction through face-to-face meetings on the US campus at 412 E Rowland St., Covina, CA in the format of one-week intensive 5-day (M-F) lectures of 8 hours daily. Students are required to complete pre-lecture and post-lecture readings and reporting assignments within assigned timeframes outlined in the syllabi.
  • Six courses are offered as synchronous distance education through web-meetings on Zoom platform in the format of one-week intensive 5-day (M-F) lectures of 8 hours daily. Students are required to complete pre-lecture and post-lecture readings and reporting assignments within assigned timeframes outlined in the syllabi.
  • Independent studies courses (IS8XXN) will be in 15-week semester format, either by direct-instruction or web-meeting appointments.

Due to the hybrid nature of the DMin program, applicants need to prove that they possess basic internet skills. Applicants demonstrate the skills which include the ability to create new documents, use a word processing program, navigate the Internet, and download software during the application process by submitting their DMin application materials online.

For all the courses in the format of one-week intensive 5-day (M-F) lectures of 8 hours daily, students will submit assignments via email by the deadline and receive teachers’ feedback on the assignments within 10 days after the deadline via email. The Academic Department will inform students their grades within 5 days after receiving final grades from the course instructor.

While on the main campus, students have access to more than 26,000 books, journals, and research papers in the institution’s library. Two-thirds of these books and journals are in English and one-third are in Chinese. When students are not on the main campus, they have access to electronic books, journals, and research papers at Atla Online Research Databases via Ebscohost.com.

 

COURSES

Course Type

Course Name

Units

Required Courses

(12 units)

TH892N Methodology/Theological Methodology

3

TH833N Issues in Contemporary Theology

3

NT893N New Testament Studies

3

OT893N Issues in Contemporary Old Testament Studies

3

Church Ministry and Leadership

 (Required to choose 18 units)

MC891N Contemporary Leadership Theory and Issues

3

MC819N Issues in Contemporary Missiology

3

TH851N Issues in Ecclesiology

3

TH831N Practical Theology Methods and Contemporary Cultural/Social Issues

3

PC801N Pastoral Counseling

3

PR841N Preaching and Homiletic: From Different Biblical Literary Genres

3

SP804N Spiritual Theology

3

IS801N–IS850N Independent Study Progress Courses

3

Candidacy Assessment

TS801N Candidacy Assessment

0

Dissertation Proposal

TS802N Dissertation Proposal Writing

3

Dissertation

TS803N Dissertation

6

*Note: In addition to General Pastoral Studies, students can choose one of the following majors: Leadership, Mission, Preaching, Pastoral Counseling, and Spiritual Formation and Growth. Except the General Pastoral Studies, all other majors must choose at least two courses that are related to that field.

 

STUDY PLAN

A recommended DMin study plan for full-time students is listed in the table below.

Schedule

Course Name

Units

Lecturer

Fall 2021

OT893N Issues in Contemporary OT Studies

3

Sarah Zhang

Spring 2022

TH833N Issues in Contemporary Theology

3

Edwin Lee

Summer 2022

NT893N New Testament Studies**

3

Sunny Wang

TH892N Methodology/Theological Methodology**

3

Ian Sun

Fall 2022

SP804N Spiritual Theology

 

3x6

elective

Leonard Sidharta

Spring 2023

MC819N Issues in Contemporary Missiology

Shi-Min Lu

PR841N Preaching and Homiletic: From Different Biblical Literary Genres

Kurt Teng

Summer 2023

MC891N Contemporary Leadership Theory and Issues**

M. C. Leung

PC801N Pastoral Counseling**

Esther Liu

Fall 2023

TH831N Practical Theology Methods and Contemporary Cultural/Social Issues

David Doong

Spring 2024

TH851N Issues in Ecclesiology

Jason Yeung

Fall 2021 ~ Spring 2024

IS801N–850N -Independent Study Progress Courses

To be determined

Summer 2024

TS801N Candidacy Assessment

0

DMin Committee

Fall 2024 ~ Spring 2025

TS802N Dissertation Proposal Writing

3

To be determined

Fall 2025 ~ Spring 2026

TS803N Dissertation

6

To be determined

 

TOTAL GRADUATION UNITS

39

 

**Note: These four courses in summer 2022 and summer 2023 are direct-instruction courses. IS8XXN (Independent Study) and TS8XXN (candidacy and dissertation related) are self-study courses with appointments through either face-to-face or online Zoom meetings. The rest are conducted through synchronous online course format on the Zoom platform.

 

 

Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MACS)

  • Direct Instruction

Degree program duration: minimum 2.5 years, maximum 7 years. In order to ensure a communal education experience, students shall spend at least one year on campus for full-time study.

 

Degree program duration: minimum 2.5 years, maximum 7 years. All instructions are conducted online. 

 

PURPOSE

The Master of Arts in Christian Studies program is designed to prepare students who have a calling from or a heart for the Lord to participate in full-time or part-time ministries in local churches, missions, or para-church organizations with a focus on certain professional ministry. This degree is designed for people who are exploring the possibility that they are gifted for and called to the service of God. The curriculum covers the basic areas of theology, biblical studies and ministry.

 

GOAL

Graduates from this program are expected to achieve the following:

  1. To form strong spiritual life and character.
  2. To pursue understanding of God and attain basic knowledge of biblical theological studies with needed ministry skills.
  3. To discover and develop their God-given gifts, and to acquire and develop ability for serving in their specific contexts.

 

ADMISSION QUALIFICATION

  1. A bachelors or higher degree from a four-year university or Bible college/seminary with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 (B- or 80%) or above
  2. Had been a Christian and baptized for at least two years
  3. Two recommendations from church pastors or leaders to demonstrate personal and spiritual maturity
  4. A copy of completed admission application form
  5. Passing the Seminary entrance tests of biblical and theological knowledge
  6. Passing the interview
  7. Proof of English proficiency: 450/45(TOEFL IBT). Applicants with a bachelors or higher degree from English speaking schools are exempt from this requirement. For purpose of determining English speaking schools, students who graduated from an academic institution where the primary language of instruction is English may submit an official copy of their transcript and diploma from their school for consideration of granting an exception. The Admissions Committee will make the final decision on whether or not the applicant is excused from taking a language exam.
  8. Proof of Chinese proficiency
    1. Level of proficiency required: students must be native Chinese speakers with Chinese as their first language.
    2. Documentation of proficiency: no document is required. The school will determine the applicant’s qualification during the interview.
  9. We do not offer or accept any Ability-to-benefit Exam.
  10. Please refer to the CREDIT TRANSFER section on page 12 in the school catalog for admission of transfer students.

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students are required to complete 52 semester units. The passing GPA is 2.7(B-) or above.

 

DURATION AND LOCATION

The minimum program duration is 2.5 years, and the maximum is 7 years. To ensure a communal education experience, students shall spend at least one year on campus for full-time study.

 

COURSE DESIGN

  • Biblical Studies (21 units)
  • Theological & Historical Studies (15 units)
  • Practical Theology (7 units)
  • Elective (9 units)
  • Internship (0 units)

 

STUDY PLAN

GETS currently offers direct instruction and distance learning programs with the same graduation requirements for the MACS degree. Students living within 25 miles radius to GETS US main campus in Covina, CA may not enroll in the distance learning program but can take up to 2 online courses. All the courses for students enrolled in distance learning program will be conducted through online courses. A recommended study plan for full-time students is listed in the table below.

 

The First Year

Credit Hours

The Second Year

Credit Hours

The Third Year

Credit Hours

TH502 Theological Research Method

1

(Elective)

3

OT552 Studies in Major Prophets

3

OT582 Old Testament Theology & Message

3

NT531 Studies in Pauline Epistles

3

MC511 Survey of Missiology

3

NT582 New Testament Theology & Message

3

ST502 Systematic Theology II

3

(Elective)

3

CH501 Church History: An Overview

3

 

 

 

 

 SEMESTER TOTAL

10

SEMESTER TOTAL

9

SEMESTER TOTAL

9

TC511 Christianity and Chinese Culture

2

MC531 Leadership

3

 

 

PE501 practicum I

0

 PE502 Practicum II

0

 

 

 SUMMER TOTAL

2

SUMMER TOTAL

3

 

 

SP502 Spiritual Formation

1

(Elective)

3

 

 

OT511 Studies in the Pentateuch

3

ST503 Systematic Theology III

3

 

 

NT511 Studies in the Gospels

3

NT551 Studies in General Epistles

3

 

 

ST501

Systematic Theology I

3

 

 

 

 

 SEMESTER TOTAL

10

SEMESTER TOTAL

9

GRADUATION TOTAL

52