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

Key Faculty

  • Dr. Warren Bird
  • Dr. Chuck Davis
  • Dr. David Ireland
  • Dr. Marlinda Ireland
  • Dr. Sherwood Lingenfelter
Dr. Stanley John

Dr. Stanley John

Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

Kevin Kriesel

Kevin Kriesel

Associate Director of the D.Min. Program

Robert Reimer

Dr. Robert Reimer

Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology

Dr. Martin Sanders

Dr. Martin Sanders

Director of DMin in Christian Leadership in the Global Context

Dr. Ronald Walborn

Dr. Ronald Walborn

Vice President and Dean of Alliance Theological Seminary & the School of Bible and Christian Ministry


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


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


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 $20,500, 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)
350 South Highland Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960
845-770-5772 * 845-353-2028 (fax)