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005 – DMin in Engaged Wisdom

Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Engaged Wisdom

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree is a professional doctorate. Like an MD (Doctor of Medicine), a JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence), EdD (Doctor of Education), or DBA (Doctor of Business), a DMin is specific to the pastoral and therapeutic communities. It arose originally for ministers seeking a doctoral degree but who were less interested in the pure research required for a PhD, and more interested in the applied research in areas of healing, therapy, spiritual growth and counseling where the dissertation was in an area they were seeking to apply in their professional work.

Upon completion of Ubiquity’s Doctor of Ministry program, you will be awarded the title “Doctor of Ministry.” This is one of the highest honors society bestows and indicates respect and acknowledgment for expertise that the larger community can count on for integrity and professional competence.

Our Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program is open to a spectrum of disciplines and interests. It aims to address a range of problems in virtually every area of human and ecological concern. Our doctoral program is dedicated to helping you shape and co-create a new global civilization so the human species can learn to act as responsible and respectful stewards of our larger planetary ecosystem.

At every level in the doctoral process, you are supported by mentors and coaches. You will be required to take certain core courses and will have the freedom to design the rest of your program in consultation with your mentors and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Students can select courses from either inside Ubiquity or outside Ubiquity. This means that if there is a course you need to take that is offered through another institution, you are free to do so. Ubiquity’s in-person courses are also available for doctoral credit.

Prerequisites: Master’s Degree in any field – transcript with proof of graduation is required (copy of diploma page only is not sufficient)

(Given the requirement to have a master’s degree before pursuing a DMin degree, we also have a combined MA/DMin in Wisdom Studies enabling you to get your MA qualification first and then continue studies toward your DMin. This program is composed of 80 credits consisting of 56 credits earned from online or in-person courses, and a dissertation worth 24 credits. If you are interested in this option, please discuss with the Dean of Graduate Studies.)

Admissions Process: Complete an initial interview with our Dean of Graduate Studies, then submit all materials prior to registering for courses.

All doctoral students must submit:

  • Transcript of completed Master’s Degree that clearly displays title of your major, date of graduation, list of courses taken and grades received
  • Essay indicating your educational goals and the area of research you want to explore
  • Your most recent resume/CV


This DMin Degree is composed of 60 credits

  • Core and elective courses (36 Credits)
  • Dissertation (24 Credits)

Doctoral students must complete three core courses offered by Ubiquity University as well as write a doctoral dissertation. The remaining courses can be taken from Ubiquity or elsewhere as specific courses related to the chosen field of study.

3 core courses (11 credits):

An additional 25 credits must be earned through coursework approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

The rules guiding our assignment collection and grading process can be found here: Ubiquity University Grading Policy

Information about how we process refund or cancellation requests can be found here: Refund and Cancellation Policy.


Tuition and Fees

Total Tuition and Fees for the whole Program = $18,000 for 60 credit fees ($300 per credit)*, Dissertation fee, Major Advisor fee, and External Examiner fee.

*In addition to the cost of credits for each course, students will need to pay the basic course price for courses taken with Ubiquity. This total for courses may fluctuate if courses are taken from outside Ubiquity as Independent Study. Additional charges for logistics and travel will apply for in-person courses.

In-person courses will include logistics costs (for board and lodging for example) which are not included in the costs above.

For more information:
Ubiquity University Student Handbook

As a global institution, Ubiquity University is not accredited by any single state or nation. We are a member of the Global Accreditation Council which seeks to establish a new standard for universal education dedicated to regenerative ecological, social and spiritual principles.

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Dissertation Samples:

Mary Ellen Johnson, DMinThe Transformational Power of Walking: The Relationship between Mental Intention, Physical Movement, and Spiritual Growth.

This dissertation explores the transformational power of walking – the relationship between mental intention, physical movement, and spiritual growth – through three channels: the athletic pursuit of long-distance walking for a secular cause, the meditative practice of walking a labyrinth, and the spiritual act of pilgrimage to a sacred site.

Deborah Doblado Bowers, DMinA Shamanic Journey to Wholeness: Birthing a Ministry of the Earth.

This dissertation describes a shamanic journey into the ceremonial aspects of birthing a renewed story of intimacy in our relationship to Earth. It is a journey to wholeness. Various maps, guideposts, and shape-shifting recipes are used to navigate the territory and explore the core question: “What does a Ministry of the Earth” look like, one rooted in the voices and relationship of trees and women, researched in nature through relationality, storytelling and ceremony?” The structure of a tree supports the framework for exploration, moving from the roots of relationality, to trunks of stories, branches of ceremony, and fruits of action.

Linda Griebenow, DMinCircles of Coherence(TM): Awakening Through Silence, Symbol and Story.

The Circles of Coherence(TM) method is a dynamic process and integral approach designed to raise human awareness, enhance individual and collective consciousness and align human behavior with the values of the emerging paradigm. This process-oriented, experiential method is delivered to ordinary people in intentional supportive communities called Wisdom Circles. The Circles of Coherence(TM) method combines teachings from the wisdom traditions with ideas and concepts from new sciences and utilizes wisdom gleaned from the direct experiences of our ordinary lives as catalysts for transformation and change. This dissertation includes a description of the origins of the Circles of Coherence(TM) method, its evolution, basic concepts and core themes as well as a detailed description of the actual formation, challenges and experiences of the original Wisdom Circle. A summary of the outcome of the initial Wisdom Circle is detailed along with a discussion of future application and possibilities.

Samarah Reily, DMinBe Not Afraid: Mother Mary Reveals Seven Gateways to Abiding Grace.

Be Not Afraid chronicles the author’s journey of awakening during her two decades as a devoted channel for Mother Mary. By synthesizing thousands of hours of transmissions, an evolutionary path of seven gateways to conscious evolution emerges. Referencing Marian literature and the rise of the divine feminine further illuminates a possible framework for for those dedicated to global healing. A journey through the seven gateways of Awakening, Discovery, Commitment, Tribulation, Rebirth, Knowing and Surrender can create a joyous reunion with our authentic spirit. In a divisive and fractured world, Mother Mary’s wisdom inspires hope and the seven gateways offer a path to justice, sovereignty, and grace.

Other Dissertation Titles:

Paula Marie Bishop Pociecha (DMin): Embracing the Journey: Navigating Through the Unknown & Emerging into New Action. Dec 2010

E.Beebe Frazer (DMin): Embodied Birthing: Portal to Transformation. April 2010.

Paul Allen Gibson, Jr (DMin): Telling an Old Story in a New Way: Reimagining the Christian Story in Light of Contemporary Scholarship About Human Beings, the Universe, and the Divine. Feb 2013

Theresa Chance Gleason: (DMin): Full Circle: The Experience of the Holy in Everyday Life. Essays & Poems on the Individual and Community. March 2009

Jean Hammond (DMin): Grounded Life: Living My Spiritual Journey Along the Paths of Creation Spirituality. Nov 2009

Elizabeth Herron (DMin): The Dark Passage: The Spiritual Transformation of Childhood Trauma. July 2009

Susan L. Hessel, LPC (DMin): Transformational Healing. March 2010

Rev. Beth L. Johnson (DMin): Mystical Visions: Creating Collage Art as Meditation and Prayer. March 2011

Louise Leonard (DMin): Evoking the Inner Landscape With Haiku. Jan 2012.

Thomas McGarrity (DMin): Divine Power Speaks with the Buddha. 2015.

Carolyn Elizabeth Croul Merrick (DMin): Our Changing Cultural Landscape and the Necessity of Early Sexuality Education. Jan 2013

Marian Methner (DMin): One Sees Clearly Only With the Heart – A Map to Living Openheartedly. May 2011

Devaa Haley Mitchell (DMin): Sacred Alchemy: Bringing the Goddess Alive in Your Life. Feb 2012

Mary P. Moskoff (DMin): Walking New Paths to Peace. Integrating the Use of Labyrinths as Tools in Peace Building. May 2010

Mary LaRue McClarey Murphy (DMin): Connections: Nourishing the Spiritual Lives of Teachers and Students. Feb 2010

Carol S. Pearson (DMin): The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-First Century. Feb 2012

Mary Katherine Plaster (DMin): Mary’s Millennial Masks and Metamorphoses. May 2010

Rev Gail Ransom (DMin): Cosmogenesis: Co-Creating Christian Communities of Spirit for the Twenty-First Century. Feb 2010

Lillie Rowden (DMin): The Medecine Wheel and Christian Religion: A Quest for Beauty, Truth, and Goodness. Nov 2011

Wayne E. Schwandt (DMin): Invitation: The Journey to Creation Spirituality. March 2010

Paul Stephen Smith (DMin): The Use of Humor During Grief Does Not Equal Somber. Jan 2013

David E. Summers (DMin): My Journey to Joy. Jan 2010

Rev Andrea Dueber Travers (DMin): Twelve Wisdom Steps- Unifying Principles of the 12 Steps of A.A. Found in the Wisdom Traditions. Feb 2010

Deborah Jeanne Webster (DMin): A Modern Tale of the Handless Maiden: Accepting the Unacceptable. Nov 2009

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Jim Garrison PhD

Founder, President, Chief Academic Officer, Faculty

Jim Garrison, PhD, has had a lifetime of social and political activism beginning in the 1960s with the anti-war, anti-nuclear, citizen diplomacy and environmental movements. He founded Ubiquity University having served as President of Wisdom University from 2005 – 2012 which was acquired by Ubiquity in 2013. He has spent his entire professional life in executive leadership, including as co-founder and president of the Gorbachev Foundation/USA (1992 – 1995) and State of the World Forum (1995 – 2004) with Mikhail Gorbachev serving as convening chairman. Jim received his BA in History from the University of Santa Clara, an MA in History of Religion from Harvard University, and a PhD in Philosophical Theology from the University of Cambridge. He has written numerous books, including “The Plutonium Culture,” “The Darkness of God: Theology after Hiroshima,” “The Russian Threat,” “Civilization and The Transformation of Power,” and, “America as Empire.” Jim teaches a range of courses at Ubiquity in philosophy, history and global affairs.

Gyorgyi Szabo PhD

Core faculty of Dissertation Writing

Gyorgyi is Dean of Graduate Studies at Ubiquity University. She was a Co-Founder and Academic Dean of the ‘Ervin Laszlo Center for Advanced Study’ (ELCAS). She served as the Director of Research and Development of the Center’s Exploratoria Program. She was co-creator of the WorldShift International Foundation, and the WorldShift 2012 organizations, and currently serves as the Executive Director at the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Memnosyne Foundation. She lectures worldwide and has published two books; papers in The Scientific and Medical Network’s Review, The Shift Network, and World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research. Gyorgyi Szabo holds a PhD in Sociology – Summa Cum Laude awarded by the Sorbonne, University of Paris. She is also a trained Reiki and Reconnective Healing practitioner. Her holistic approach to metaphysics and interest in conscious evolution serves as foundation for her work in facilitating cooperative evolution toward a peaceful and regenerative world.