Admission Requirements

In Memoriam: Rev. Dr. Eunice Blanchard Poethig admin 03-27-2018
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McCormick mourns the passing of Rev. Eunice Poethig who returned to God on May 25, 2018. She graduated in the class of 1975 and is survived by her husband, Rev. Richard “Dick” Poethig, a former faculty member.

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If a prospective student does not hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education and there are compelling reasons to consider the applicant for admission, McCormick may do so under the provisions and limitations of the Association of Theological School Commission standard A.4.1.2. Such candidates will be admitted on a provisional basis.

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Students who are not seeking a degree or are uncertain which degree or certificate to pursue, may be admitted as Students at Large. These students are allowed to take a limited number of courses for credit; see the Director of Admissions for details. Students at Large participate in the Seminary’s advisory system. They are not eligible for financial aid from the Seminary.

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Students seeking to transfer from another theological seminary are required to present a statement of good standing from all seminaries attended prior to applying to McCormick along with the documentation outlined above.  These statements must be submitted on official forms provided in the application form and must be mailed by the seminary official directly to McCormick Theological Seminary.

If an applicant wishes to have credit considered for transfer from more than one school, the statement of good standing must be submitted from each school.

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The Seminary does not prescribe a specific pre-theological course. It is expected that previous education and experience have prepared the applicant in oral and written communication skills, to think clearly, to enter into his or her spiritual and cultural heritage, and to understand the world in which he or she lives. The Seminary concurs with the judgment of the Association of Theological Schools that a normal pattern of pre-seminary education will include most of the following subjects:

Seminaries seek to be communities where students, faculty, and staff live within a covenant of hospitality, trust, and safety. These covenantal commitments are foundational to the mission of McCormick Theological Seminary, which is to foster academic excellence, formation for Christian Ministry, and faithful witness in mission. Furthermore, as seminaries are charged with the preparation of their students for ministry, they also are responsible for students serving in congregations and agencies in which they are placed. Their responsibilities are theological, ethical, and legal.

Prospective students seeking admission to the Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Urban Ministry or Master of Arts in Discipleship Development programs at McCormick must meet the following requirements: