Frequently Asked Questions

What are the distinctive characteristics of the Doctor of Ministry program at McCormick?

  • Culturally attentive: McCormick strives 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 from a variety of racial or ethnic groups by providing theological education that meets their unique needs and the needs of their ministry.
  • Contextual: One’s place of ministry is the focus of reflection and analysis, bringing academic inquiry to one’s professional setting. 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 setting. The program integrates theory and practice, values experiential knowledge, and provides theological education that addresses both the internal needs of congregations and the external needs of their broader communities.
  • Peer-centered: Students enter the program in cohorts that continue to learn together throughout their time at McCormick, in a group-based educational environment that enables to students to learn from one another’s experience and backgrounds.
  • Transformative: Students will naturally enter the program with different concerns for the development of their ministries. To answer those concerns, we offer electives with a range of focuses, including parish revitalization, pastoral care, building beloved community, and public witness. Through these focuses, we encourage adaptability to changing cultural contexts.

What are the admissions requirements?

  • A Master of Divinity degree from an ATS accredited school or the academic equivalent.
  • B average in that Master of Divinity Program.
  • The completion of a minimum of 3 years full-time professional experience in ministry subsequent to the awarding of the Master of Divinity (exceptions may be made).
  • Evidence of capacity to use the student’s particular context for ministry as a learning environment.
  • Evidence of a match between the applicant’s learning goals and the outcomes the Seminary hopes for in its graduates.
  • A history of effective ministry, a willingness to think and act in new ways, and an ability to work and learn in collaboration with others.
  • Demonstrated capacity for self-reflection, self-analysis and self-directed learning.

What are the Thesis in the Practice of Ministry Requirements

  • Participation in a two-week intensive thesis residency normally scheduled for January
  • A 40-page article of publishable quality that:
  • Identifies and analyzes a particular challenge in the context of the student’s ministry.
  • Works effectively with appropriate resources from the student’s tradition, the wider culture, and personal experience to understand and address the challenge.
  • Formulates theological principles to guide thought and action in relation to the
    challenge.
  • Designs and implements an appropriate means of responding to the challenge in partnership with others.
    Critically evaluates the outcome, learning, and significance of the work undertaken.

How Much Does the Program Cost?

  • The total cost of study for McCormick’s 2017-2018 D.Min. program is $9,175
    • Tuition: $8,100 ($900/class for 9 classes)
    • Thesis advising fee: $900
    • Graduation fee: $140
    • Thesis digitization fee: $36
  • The Ecumenical D.Min. program tuition is $10,000 total ($5,000 at the beginning of year one and $5,000 at the beginning of year two)
    • If the student is able to pay the full tuition amount at the start of their program, the total tuition is reduced to $8,000
  • The tuition for the ACTS D.Min. program for those entering in 2017 is $11,898, paid over three years ($3,966 per year). For those entering in 2018, there will be no tuition increase.

How do I Finance my D.Min.  Education?

  • The responsibility for meeting the costs of the program belongs to the student, the congregation or agency served, and the denomination of which the student is a member. Continuing education funds, congregational or agency grants, and local, regional, and national denominational scholarship programs are all sources of funds. The Student Financial Planning Office will help students determine their annual expenses.
  • McCormick has a limited amount of financial aid available for Doctor of Ministry students.  Priority is given to racial/ethnic students, women, ministers from small churches, and ministers with income below the average of the student’s denomination.
  • Students are considered for the Thomas F. Triebel Doctoral Studies Scholarship upon application for financial aid.

When and Where do Courses Take Place?

  • New cohorts begin core classes in January, but students wishing to begin classes sooner may take electives, including our Certificate in Executive Leadership for DMin credit, during the year prior.
  • Classes are five-day intensives, which generally run from early Monday afternoon to Friday midday, and may include evening sessions (please see class syllabus for exact days and times).
  • Cohorts enroll in three courses during a 12-month period, plus work on the thesis, in order to complete the degree in three years.
  • Doctor of Ministry classes take place in the McCormick Theological Seminary building (unless otherwise specified), which shares a campus with the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (LSTC).

What are housing options while in Chicago?

  • McCormick partners with nearby institutions to help provide low cost housing to students in town for course intensives. Please see the list of Area Guest Housing for location and price information, and contact the institutions listed for availability and reservations.

What transportation options are available while in Chicago?

  • Downtown and other points of interest are easily accessible via public transportation, and Google maps can provide up to date directions all over the city by car, bus/train, or on foot. Please see the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) website for fare and route information: http://www.transitchicago.com/. Within Hyde Park, public transportation is available via the CTA or the University of Chicago’s free neighborhood shuttle service, UGo: https://safety-security.uchicago.edu/services/transportation_services/. For more information about Chicago go to Choose Chicago.

What are the next steps?

  • Contact our admissions office at 773-947-6276 or via email at admit@mccormick.edu for information about the programs.

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About our seminary

The Seminary in the City

McCormick Theological Seminary is located in Chicago, in the south side community of Hyde Park—home of four other distinguished seminaries and the University of Chicago. Click here for a copy of our current Annual Report.


The McCormick Student Body

Approximately 200 men and women are enrolled at McCormick Theological Seminary. They are full and part-time students, on-campus residents and commuters, and members of doctoral ministry students for intensive study.


The McCormick Faculty

The McCormick is internationally diverse—by gender, ethnicity, national origin and religious tradition. The faculty is composed of 14 full-time faculty members in four fields of study: Bible, History, Theology/Ethics and Ministry.