Doctor of Ministry

6 core classes | 4 electives | 1 doctoral project

The Doctor of Ministry program is designed for people who are seeking to deepen their work in the world through the principles and practices of Creation Spirituality.

“Ministry” in this context refers not only to traditional pastoral work, but also to any work in the world that is sacred, that one is called to do, and that helps foster more just, sustainable, compassionate and vibrant communities.

Research in the Doctor of Ministry program is focused on the work itself and how it can be understood and enhanced through Creation Spirituality. Students in this program are expected to actively engage in work that is impactful and transformative and will be provided with the tools to ground this work through Creation Spirituality.


Plus, four electives and doctoral project

DMin doctoral project

Doctoral scholars explore in-depth a concept, practice, communal experience or personal embodiment of Creation Spirituality. Students will be expected to develop a theoretical basis for a project, then describe, implement, report on, reflect on and evaluate the project. They must also demonstrate how themes and principles of Creation Spirituality apply to their work in the world and demonstrate knowledge and expertise through a written dissertation


Doctor of Spirituality

4 core classes | 2 concentration classes | 4 electives | 1 doctoral dissertation

The Fox Institute is the first university to offer a doctoral degree in spirituality. Why an SpD and not a PhD? Whereas mainstream schools study religion as an academic subject, FICS offers students the opportunity to dive into spirituality in an academic program that is both intellectually rigorous and grounded in embodied, creative, engaged spirituality.

Intellectual work is an important part of our approach to spiritual life. Therefore the Doctor of Spirituality program affords students with the opportunity to produce original academic work that furthers the Creation Spirituality paradigm as a part of a serious dialogue about human spirituality in a changing and imperiled world.

The Doctor of Spirituality requires six core classes and two concentration classes:



Plus, four electives

Plus a doctoral dissertation and defense:

Students can select dissertation topics that relate directly to the principles and paradigm of Creation Spirituality. The dissertation is primarily focused on original academic research that will also make an important contribution to the public knowledge of Creation Spirituality.

This research will also incorporate and assimilate other creative work, teaching, spiritual practices or projects that contribute to the understanding of the chosen research topic.

Students will demonstrate their knowledge and expertise of the dissertation topic through a written dissertation, which must be approved by a dissertation committee and meets all the academic guidelines as specified. Completion of the Doctorate of Spirituality is contingent on a successful oral defense of the dissertation.


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