Doctor of Ministry - Alliance University

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is the highest professional degree for those engaged in ministry. The uniqueness of the D.Min. program at Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) is that it is developmental and transformational. By nature, it is multi-cultural, international, and because of our location, uniquely urban, with our current students and graduates representing more than forty countries and culture groups. It is a practical program that seeks to empower leaders to discover the best of what God has created them to be.

Why Study Ministry at ATS?

Our diverse and multi-cultural cohorts provide a rich learning experience for each student.

You’ll also have partnership opportunities with well-known and widely published international practitioners, each representing a unique context. Additionally, as an ATS student you will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of your leadership strengths and potential.
  • Develop enhanced competencies in social/cultural analysis.
  • Gain an advanced understanding of scripture and the Christian tradition in relation to spirituality and leadership.
  • Develop a deeper passion for God and ministry in His kingdom.

What Will I Study?

  • Reflective integration of scripture, ministry, and a practical theological approach
  • Effective transcultural models of leadership development with a focus on what God is doing around the world
  • A thorough investigation and in-depth reflection into the soul of the leader

Our Graduates

ATS graduates have demonstrated effectiveness as leaders, international workers, bishops, and heads of organizations.

Credits: 36
Standard Completion Time: 3 years
Specialized Accreditations: Association of Theological Schools, NYSED (New York State Education Department), Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Concentration: Global Christian Leadership

Doctor of Ministry - Alliance University

After we receive all of your completed application materials, your file will be reviewed and you will receive notification of your admission status.

Doctor of Ministry - Alliance University

A financial aid assessment will be made once you are
accepted for admissions AND have completed your FAFSA.

Doctor of Ministry - Alliance University

Students must submit this Immunization Record Form prior to enrollment.

Plan 1—Monthly Payments/Shared Funding with a Church or Parachurch Ministry

The Doctoral student’s ministry will benefit significantly, therefore the student’s church or parachurch organization may want to help underwrite the tuition costs. Because not all ministry organizations are able to pick up the total cost of the program, a plan of shared participation in the costs of a Doctor of Ministry degree could be considered. The ministry organization may agree to split the monthly cost in ways that work for both the student and the organization.

Plan 2—Federal Student Loans

We have kept the Doctorate program costs low in order to enable the student to pay on a monthly basis. Loans should be used only if other resources are not available. Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary participates in the Direct Federal Student Loan program.  To receive federal student loan funds a student must be enrolled for at least six credits and be a candidate in the Doctor of Ministry degree program.

Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan

The government pays the interest on the Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan the while the student is enrolled in school and during the six-month grace period.  Repayment begins after the six-month grace period which follows graduation, withdrawal from classes, or after enrollment drops below six credits. The standard repayment term is ten years but may be extended through loan consolidation. The annual maximum subsidized loan amount is $8,500 and is determined by financial need.

Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan

The interest accrues for the Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan while the student is enrolled in school and during the grace period. Repayment begins after the six-month grace period.  The annual maximum loan amount is $23,040, less any amount received through the Subsidized Federal Stafford loan. The Stafford Loans has an aggregate loan limit of $138,500.00 which includes undergraduate and graduate degree loans.  Students who have completed the program of study or are enrolled less than half time (3 credits), must complete a loan exit interview.

  • To Apply–Students must fill out a FAFSA at and include the Nyack School code of 002790.
  • A Financial Aid award letter will be sent to the student after ATS receives the FAFSA electronically.
  • To complete the loan process the student must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and
  • Entrance Loan Counseling online at   Additional loan information including interest rates, loan repayment calculators and the Graduate PLUS loan program is also available through the Nyack Website.   Other questions can be directed to:

Student Financial Services, ATS/DMin (Rockland) Campus

Mon – Fri 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (EST)


Doctor of Ministry - Alliance University

Dr. Martin Sanders

Dr. Martin Sanders is the Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Alliance Theological Seminary and President of Global Leadership, Inc. He has authored several books:

  • The Power of Mentoring: Shaping People Who will Shape the World
  • It’s Time for a Change: Partnering with God for  Authentic Transformation
  • How to Get the Family You Always Wanted
  • Developing the Heart and Character of Young Leaders (upcoming)

Key Faculty

Doctor of Ministry - Alliance University

Dr. Ronald Walborn

Dr. Walborn is the Dean of Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY. His publications include: “Prayer and the Kingdom of God” Chapter 3 in Giving Oneself to Prayer:  Helps for Those who Pray and Those who Lead Others to Pray; “Spiritual Gifts: Expectation without Agenda;” Stewardship and the Kingdom of God.

Doctor of Ministry - Alliance University

Dr. Rob Reimer

Dr. Reimer is currently Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Alliance Theological Seminary. He served as the Founding Pastor of South Shore Community Church in Brockton, Massachusetts, and pastored at SSCC for 22 years . His publications include: Pathways to the King: Living a Life of Spiritual Renewal and Power; River Dwellers: Living in the Fullness of the Spirit; Soul Care: 7 Transformational Principles for a Healthy Soul.

Doctor of Ministry - Alliance University

Dr. Marlinda Ireland

Dr. Ireland’s experience includes a lifetime commitment to quality executive leadership and people management in organizational environments and ministry settings. As a leadership consultant, she brings more than 25 years of experience in highly visible Christian organizations requiring executive leadership, adaptive leadership (change management), project management, leadership coaching, staff development, doctoral level seminary education, and church worship ministry development.

Dr. Ireland serves on the board of directors for the New York School of Urban Ministry (NYSUM) and is the cofounder and Associate Pastor at Christ Church, a multisite and multiracial congregation in North Jersey representing over 70 nationalities. She is the recipient of the 2015 Alliance Theological Seminary Dissertation Award. Her publications include: What is God Waiting for: Understanding the Divine Delays in Your Life.

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Rev. Dr. Timothy Meier

Rev. Dr. Meier is the Vice President for Development in the C&MA. Tim and and his wife Rachel have previously served in youth and worship ministry at Mendham Hills Community Church in New Jersey and as international workers with the C&MA in France. Prior to his current occupation, Tim gave leadership to Envision (International Ministries) in Colorado Springs.

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Dr. Chuck Davis

Dr. Davis He currently is ministering itinerantly with his wife Ingrid, with a special emphasis on the development and care of church and mission leaders. His publications include: The Bold Christian: Using Your God Given Spiritual Authority as a Believer; Jonah and Me: On Mission with God, and Leadership Wisdom: Growing in the Art of Leadership.

Doctor of Ministry - Alliance University

Dr. Frank Chan

Dr. Chan is Coordinator of Doctoral Research and Professor at Nyack College & Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY. His publications include: Ephesians,” “Colossians” and “Philemon” in Kenneth Berding and Matthew Williams’ What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About.

Doctor of Ministry - Alliance University

Kevin Kriesel

Mr. Kriesel is Associate Director of the D.Min. Program.

Partnering Faculty

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Dr. Warren Bird

Dr. Bird serves as Vice President of Research and Equipping at the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), He has authored or co-authored over two dozen books. His publications include: Next: Pastoral Succession That Works; The Other 80%: Training Your Church’s Spectators into Active Disciples;  Viral Churches: Helping Church  Planters Become Movement Makers.

Doctor of Ministry - Alliance University

Rev. Edmund Chan

Reverend Chan is the Leadership Mentor at Covenant Evangelical Free Church located in Singapore. He is the Founder of Global Alliance of Intentional Disciple-Making Churches. His publications include: Growing Deep in God; Mentoring  Paradigms; Cultivating Your Inner Life;     A Certain Kind; Radical Discipleship;      Life & Legacy.

Doctor of Ministry - Alliance University

Dr. David Fitch

Dr. Fitch is B.R. Linder Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary in Chicago, IL.. His publications include: The End of Evangelism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission; Seven Practices for the Church on Mission He has co-authored Prodigal Christianity: 10 Signposts into the Missional Frontier.

Doctor of Ministry - Alliance University

Dr. David Ireland

Dr. Ireland is the Founder and  Senior Pastor of Christ Church, in      Northern NJ. He is the author of over 20 books, and his publications include:  One in Christ; Raising A Child Who Prays; The Kneeling Warrior; The Weapon of Prayer: Maximize Your Greatest Strategy Against the Enemy.

Doctor of Ministry - Alliance University

Dr. Peter Scazzero

Dr. Scazzero is the Founder of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, NY. Peter and his wife, Gerri are the co-founders and leaders of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. His publications includeEmotionally Healthy Spirituality; The Emotionally Healthy Church; The Emotionally Healthy Leader;         Begin the Journey with the Daily Office.