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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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Program Information | Course Descriptions

Program Information

Length of Program: 3 years (2016 - 2019)
Total Number of Courses: 9 courses plus thesis completion
Length of Course: 5-day course intensives with pre- and post-work
Tuition: $9,000 plus travel costs and fees
Thesis Residency: 2-week residency September 2018
Housing: affordable options are available
Location: McCormick's Hyde Park campus in Chicago

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Course Descriptions

The Pan-African Imaginary and Non-Racial Ministry
Using the Afro-British practical theologian William Ackah’s paradigm of a “Pan-African imaginary,” this class exposes students to African theologians, Afro-British theologians, African American religious scholars, and the South African understanding of “non-racial” where all races and ethnicities are acknowledged and honored; but none privileged above another.

West African Study Tour
This course helps students connect the dots between Africans on the continent and Africans in the Diaspora. Readings in church history, West African religion and culture, the European Slave Trade and the “roots” of the Black religious experience helps students to understand the various “routes” and the trajectories that the black religious experience has taken in the “New World.”

Religions of the Black Atlantic Diaspora
This course exposes students to various religious traditions of Africans in the Caribbean, the United States, Central America, South America and the various combinations of African traditional religions and Christianity (Catholic and Protestant).

Prophetic/Social Justice Preaching
This course traces the long and rich history of the role of religion in the black radical tradition, the wide variety of black prophetic preaching from the 19th century to the present, and the role of politics in social justice issues facing Africans living in the “New World.”

Black Sacred Music
This course traces the development of Black Sacred Music from the continent through the Caribbean into North and South America. Music as “protest,” music as inspiration, music as coded language, music as resistance, music as resilience, and music as access to the Divine are among the many topics that are covered in this course.

South Africa Study Tour
Slavery in Southern Africa, the Portuguese role in the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the slave routes from Mozambique to Mexico via Portuguese slave traders, and the religious creolization that Africans developed during chattel slavery are covered. The points of contact, agreement and divergence between black theology in the South African context, and black theology in the Afro-British and United States contexts are covered.

Interdisciplinary/Intersectionality Studies
This course covers social justice issues, black church theology, black practical theology, black church history, linguistics, the Maroons, the Quilombos, and black biblical studies.

Black Theology/Pastoral Care
The theologies of Africentric, Womanist and LGBTQI scholars, African cultural and political readings of the scriptures, pastoral care as it pertains to African Americans, bioethics, Alzheimer’s, ministry to the elderly, mental health ministry, and persons with health challenges are addressed. African American leadership in the 21st century and developing ministries which address “this present age” are also explored.

Thesis Residency
Students explore methods of practical theological research and develop a thesis proposal grounded in their context of ministry.

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MDiv Equivalency: The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) requires an MDiv degree or its educational equivalent for admission to a doctor-of-ministry program. In most circumstances, an applicant will hold an MDiv degree. A student may be admitted to one of McCormick’s doctor-of-ministry programs without an MDiv degree by meeting the following requirements in order to establish MDiv-equivalency:

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Possession of a master's degree in a related field from an accredited graduate school or seminary, plus additional graduate study as necessary, that together account for a minimum of 72 credit hours of graduate-level course credit in the following areas:

BIBLE: a minimum of 4 courses, or 12 credit hours, that will normally include two courses in Old Testament studies and two courses in New Testament studies, one of which shall be an exegesis course in Old or New Testament studies;

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What McCormick Students Say About the D.Min. Program
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"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.

McCormick welcomes international students to its Doctor of Ministry Programs.
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McCormick welcomes international students to the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry Program. Prospective International  Students are encouraged to carefully study the curricula and the admissions requirements for the program prior to  submitting an application.

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The Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry program is designed to meet the needs of International students in terms of subject matter content, length of time to complete the degree, and U.S. Visa requirements. A separate application is required for this program and may be obtained from the Ecumenical D.Min.

Brief overview of the nuts and bolts of the Doctor of Ministry Program
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What are the distinctive characteristics of the Doctor of Ministry program at McCormick?

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Welcome to the McCormick Doctor of Ministry Program
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We are delighted that you are considering McCormick Theological Seminary as the place to do your doctoral work. McCormick’s Doctor of Ministry program integrates theory and practice, values your experiential knowledge, focuses on peer-based learning in cohorts, and is rooted in culturally attentive contextual education. Our goal is to provide you a challenging course of study directly applicable to your ministry.