DMin Independent Studies

An independent study is a self-designed project that allows you to explore in depth a topic touched upon in a DMin course or enables you to research in an area which is beyond the scope of the DMin curriculum. In addition, it provides an opportunity for you to further develop your doctoral project. And most Independent Studies are designed in a way to require a little to no travel. 

Independent studies give students an opportunity to utilize other ministry resources such as the following: 
  • Church Conferences
    • Saddleback, Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit, Catalyst, Exponential, etc.
  • Health & Wellness
  • Denominational Conferences 
  • Gatherings
    • Micah Groups
  • Holy Tours
    •  Israel, Egypt, etc
  • Immersion Learning Experiences
    • Brehm Immersion: SXSW, Sundance, Orvieto
  • Trainings (Ministry)
    • Forge America, V3, 3DM, etc.
  • Independent Research 

Leadership Network HUB
Leadership Network has created an innovative learning experience called HUB: The center of innovation for high impact church leaders. Exchange ideas. Gain insights. Accelerate results.  

It involves three gatherings over 12 months. With focus on topics from generosity to multisite strategy to succession planning, HUB has a wide variety of areas to meet your needs. Select a topic and then begin your HUB experience at any gathering in the cycle.

Since HUB gatherings for multiple topics happen concurrently, take advantage of shared resources and wider networking opportunities. 

Fuller DMIN students, when they are accepted to a Leadership Network HUB, are able to earn DMIN credit for that experience.

Learn more about Leadership Network’s HUB.

D.Min. students may take a 4 unit Independent Study as part of their program.

Students wishing to take 8 units (2 courses) of an Independent Study requires the approval of the Assistant Director of the D.Min. program. 

Download the Independent Studies Application here.

Contact Debi Yu at for more information.