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Doctor of Ministry Programs | McCormick Theological Seminary

Doctor of Ministry Programs

McCormick D.Min. Program

The program is composed of nine one-unit classes, which includes an eleven-day thesis residency requirement, and a thesis in the practice of ministry. These nine classes are the equivalent of one year of full-time work; a full course load for students in the D.Min. program is three classes per academic year and work on the thesis. Individual classes are offered as five-day intensives, primarily on McCormick’s campus in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, with work done remotely before and after the class intensive. Because the program of study is closely integrated with the student’s professional work, the minimum time for fulfilling the degree requirements is three academic years. Five years is the maximum time allowed, unless the associate dean grants an extension.

Uniqueness of the McCormick D.Min.

McCormick Theological Seminary prides itself in its culturally attentive and context based D. Min. program. It is McCormick’s mission to provide cross-cultural education that equips religious leaders to serve an increasingly diverse U.S. landscape and to attend to the cultural needs of students who represent a variety of racial or ethnic groups. Alongside the longstanding cross-cultural cohorts, new cohorts have been formed that focus, for example, on Korean immigrant churches (Korean Leadership cohort), Latin@ ministries (Apostolic Assembly cohorts), and Pan-African Christianity (the Jeremiah Wright Scholars). When appropriate, theological education is provided in the group’s primary language to varying degrees.

In addition, one’s place of ministry becomes a site for reflection and analysis, integrating academic inquiry with professional context. The thesis project is rooted in the student’s place of ministry, in partnership with the congregation or agency, and ordered toward the transformation of ministry in that specific setting. To do so, the program integrates theory and practice, values experiential knowledge, focuses on peer-based learning in cohorts, and provides theological education that addresses both the internal needs of congregations and the external needs of the broader communities in which the congregations or agencies are located.

Because students often come into the program with a stated concern for a particular area of ministry, McCormick offers a range of electives that focus on the areas of parish revitalization, pastoral care, executive leadership, building beloved community, and public witness. These electives allow the student to choose the relevant area of focus for their own study, while applying that study to a critical challenge in their ministry through interdisciplinary (sociological, organizational, psychological, political, economic, historical, theological, and biblical analyses) research.

Course of Study

The following core classes form the foundation of the McCormick D.Min. curriculum. All students will take these classes or a variant geared toward that cohort’s cultural context. These courses will typically be taken with the D.Min. cohort group with whom you begin your studies:

Where Three or More are Gathered: exploring the relationship of group dynamics and leadership. This is the first core course of any D.Min. student’s program.

The Church in the World Today: exploring the changing landscape of Christian expression in North America and around the world, and its theological and practical implications.

Culturally Attentive Pastoral Leadership: equipping students to lead religious organizations with more sensitivity to diverse congregations and communities.

Leading Change in Church and Community equipping students to initiate and navigate change in ministry settings while being attentive to the stress that change creates in individuals and groups.

Two additional classes connected to the student's thesis project are also required of all students:

Research Methods: focusing on the theory and application of practical theology, and on the development of a specific thesis project. The thesis project explores in depth an issue of ministry within their current context.

Thesis Residency: an eleven-day, on-campus retreat in January where substantive research on the thesis project is undertaken, guided by a faculty advisor.

In addition to the core classes, each student will take three elective classes, which can be taken by the whole cohort, or separately with other cohorts. For examples of course listings, please go to McCormick’s website: http://mccormick.edu/content/course-listings-cohort

Upcoming Cohort Start Dates:

January 8-12, 2018 (application deadline November 1, 2017)

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Admissions at 773.947.6276 or admit@mccormick.edu

McCormick is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada.

At a Glance

Fees and Financing

Information on tuition, fees and financing for your D.Min education

Course Listings By Cohort

Courses are predetermined by Cohort.

Academic Procedures

Academic Procedures and Information Please download the DMin Handbook provided below.  Registration for CoursesOn-line registration is available on McCormick’s Web site approximately two months...

What McCormick Students Say About the D.Min. Program

"My ministry context is broad, diverse and sometimes unpredictable.  The academic and personal reflection components of the program continually enhance my ability to serve in new ways.  The ecumenical setting is a bonus as it helps to be reminded that God comes to people in different ways and all should be respected." The Reverend Angela Shepherd, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.

"I was seeking the opportunity for advance study in an Adult Learning environment where the interaction between mature practitioners, facilitators, and students alike, enables growth in collaboration with one another. This context is not available everywhere, but I found it at McCormick." The Reverend Peter Bartlett, Eastminster United Church, Belleville, Ontario.

"I'm not the same person I was when I started the D.Min. program a year ago, because I have been stretched to view my surroundings with complexity and multiculturally. I feel I am evolving, growing and changing to be the leader in Christ's church fulfilling a continual call." The Reverend Sara Rabe, Zwingli United Church of Christ, Paoli, WI.