Others had similar dilemmas. The school was barraged with objections to the MA foreign language requirement (I passed a French exam and am glad I did) and ML students were piling up like cattle at a fence in a blizzard. Potential new students went elsewhere. Finally, M/L just gave everyone in the pile-up an M.Div. -- no thesis needed. By now their D.Min has disappeared. At one point before I left Chicago, I went into the stacks and read a dozen theses. IMHO they were not useful or even interesting. Just recapitulations.
What I’m saying is that degrees are negotiable, variable, and political.