Description of the Program

In offering doctoral programs at ANU, the Religion Department recognizes the importance of developing scholars and ministers for the Church in Africa at a higher level.

Africa Nazarene University and the other Nazarene colleges and universities associated with the International Board of Education share a philosophy of education based on Christian principles, which are in harmony with the doctrine and polity of the Church of the Nazarene. “Education in the Church of the Nazarene” is “rooted in the biblical and theological commitments of the Wesleyan and holiness movements and accountable to the stated mission of the denomination.”

It “aims to guide those who look to it in accepting, in nurturing, and in expressing in service to the Church and world consistent and coherent Christian understandings of social and individual life.” Furthermore, “such institutions of higher education will seek to provide a curriculum, quality of instruction, and evidence of scholastic achievement that will adequately prepare graduates to function effectively in vocations and professions such graduates may choose.” (2009-2013 Manual,380.1. “Educational Mission Statement”.)

Objectives of the Program

The Programme provides an advanced understanding of the nature and purpose of ministry, enhances competencies in pastoral analysis and ministerial leadership.

Units Offered

The department of Religion offers two doctoral programmes:
• Doctor of Ministry (D Min)
• Ph D in Religion. (Ph D)
Both programmes require 10 units for completion plus a doctoral dissertation and are designed with a 2/3rd emphasis on research.
The D Min is specifically designed for religion practitioners such as religious leaders and lecturers in the practice of ministry.
Students will be required to undertake the specific units in each offering, the shared units and electives to make a total of 11 units including the Doctoral Dissertation.
Doctor of Ministry (specific units)
• Ecclesial Ministry in the Wesleyan Spirit
• Spiritual Practice for Ministry
• The Church in Society
• Holiness Practical Christianity
• Theology for Ministry
• Holiness Theology and the Minister

Doctor of Ministry (shared units)
• Doctoral Dissertation
• Post Graduate Research and Writing
• Doctoral Dissertation Proposal

Elective (and Focus units)

  • Christian Holiness – Biblical
  • Theological Perspective
  • Practice of Instruction
  • Teaching and the Local Church
  • Ecclesial Ministry
  • Spiritual Practice for Ministry
  • Contemporary Models of Higher
  • Christian Education
  • Traditional andDistance Education Pedagogy
  • The Church and Society
  • Holiness Practical Christianity
  • Communication and Decision Making
  • Development of Self and Others
  • Principles of Leadership
  • Religious Leadership
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Phenomenology of Religion
  • Independent Research
  • Theology for Ministry
  • Contemporary Trends in African
  • Christian Theology
  • Holiness Theology and the Minister
  • Theology of Work
Admission Requirements

1. Applicants are required to conduct self assessments to review their academic achievements and future goals, especially as related to their proposed area of doctoral research.

2. A Master’s Degree holder in theology or religious studies with five years of work experience in an area related to the doctor’s degree.

No. of Units for one to graduateBoth programmes require 10 units for completion plus a doctoral dissertation and are designed with a 2/3rd emphasis on research.
Duration of the Program

The department has one intake for each doctoral program on an annual basis with a rolling application process all year round.
The program is offered on a modular mode of study. The full time students should complete their course within 3 years while other students may complete their program in 5 years.
Two modules are required each year

The ANU Doctor of Ministry is a hybrid mode of study. It consists of distance learning and three week face to face session in a class Module that spans 6 months. The program consists of 4 face to face sessions and the 5th session is an independent study where candidates spend time with their supervisors working on their dissertations

Mode of Study

Distance Learning


Locations where the program is offered

The doctoral programmes are located in the Religion Department at the Main Campus (Ongata Rongai) of Africa Nazarene University, but there is a strong distance component.

Next Intake

September 2017

Fee Structure

Fee Structure- 2015- Doctor of Ministry

School or Department which program is offered under

Religion Department