Generally, the DMin Proposal Conversation and Formal Approval should occur only after the student has completed the 40 credits of coursework. Students will receive no academic credit for the Project but must register for the course entitled "DMin Project" (0 credits) each quarter until they successfully complete the Project Presentation, Culminating Conversation, and Approval. Students will be charged a fee of $50 per quarter (fall, winter, and spring only) until they complete the degree. All students have the option of taking their final 4 credits (of the total 40 credit hours) as an Independent Study elective with their Project Director toward the completion of their Project Proposals.
The DMin Project should normally be completed and defended within six years after the beginning of coursework. In extraordinary circumstances, students may petition for a one-year extension after six years, but under no circumstances may a Project be completed after the seventh year. Any petitions for extensions must be approved by the student’s Project Director, DMin Program Director(s), and the Academic Dean and will be contingent on the ability of the student to continue to make progress toward the completion of the Project.