Admission Requirements 

  • Profess faith in Jesus Christ and live a consistent Christian lifestyle.
  • Have three years of ministry experience subsequent to the completion of your first theological graduate degree.
  • Be currently engaged in vocational ministry.
  • Have the ability to do post-graduate work.
  • Possess an earned Master’s degree that provides a sufficiently strong background in biblical, theological, and ministerial disciplines suitable for post-graduate ministry studies. (If you have questions about whether your Master’s degree qualifies, please contact Corban’s Admissions Office at 800-764-1383 or email
  • Be in essential agreement with the following foundational Christian doctrines:
    • That Scripture is inspired by God and therefore is authoritative and inerrant.
    • That the God of the Bible is the only true God.
    • That there is one God in three equal persons (Father, Son, Spirit).
    • That Christ is true God and true human.
    • That the human race is completely spiritually depraved.
    • That Christ died as a substitutionary sacrifice to atone for sin.
    • That Christ bodily rose again.
    • That salvation is received by faith alone in Christ alone.
    • That Christ will bodily return to the earth to reign.

Application Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: December 1
  • Final Deadline: February 1

See academic calendar

Application Documents

1) Application

Submit an online application.

2) Application Essays

Answer each of the following questions thoroughly in an essay format.

  • Explain how you came to know Jesus Christ as your Savior, including the Scriptural basis for your salvation and what in your life indicates that you are walking with the Lord.
  • What do you believe are the characteristics of an effective Christian minister/leader?
  • Relate your educational and vocational goals and indicate what you expect to gain from participation in Corban School of Ministry.
  • Relate any professional and/or lay ministry experience you have undertaken in a local church and/or parachurch organization.
  • Relate how you believe participating in the D.Min. will personally benefit your life and ministry. Include an evaluation of your strengths, weaknesses and limitations.

3) Transcripts

Send official transcripts from the institution awarding your graduate degree and from any institutions where you have taken subsequent graduate or post-graduate coursework.

4) Research Paper

Submit a graduate level research paper.

5) References

Submit three recommendations using the form provided in the application. These must be one each from a ministry colleague, a board member, and a friend.

6) Faculty Recommendation

Submit one recommendation from a faculty member on the form provided in the application.

7) Ministry Endorsement

Submit one endorsement from your current ministry organization using the form provided in the application.


When you begin your application, you will create an account so that you may log back into your application portal at any time to finish your application, check your application status, see which application documents are still needed, and submit the required pieces.


Note for International Students

If you are an international student looking to complete your doctoral studies at Corban University, we want to encourage you to find traveler’s insurance on your own or reach out to your Admissions Counselor, Susan Bos, for International Student Protection (ISP) details. ISP offers competitive, affordable health insurance for international students.


Visa Requirements

Corban University also requires international students who attend Corban summer sessions to have a visa appropriate for academic study. For most students, this will be an F-1 Student Visa. Contact the International Admissions Counselor, Michel Kim, if you have any questions relating to immigration or visa matters. F-1 students in initial status may enter the United States up to 30 days prior to the “report date” listed on the I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant F-1 Student Status).