D.Min

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Begin your application process today!

Cohorts are admitted for matriculation in January and applications must be postmarked on or before October 15. Once a student is admitted, s/he is welcome to register for any doctoral level elective course offered in June-October of the academic year before matriculation. Download the Application Form and return the completed form and supporting documents to:

Recruitment and Admissions Office
5460 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615

Arrange a Visit
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How to arrange a visit to learn more about the D.Min. program.
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Prospective Doctor of Ministry students are welcome to schedule visits to McCormick to speak with staff and faculty and tour the facilities.  Please contact our Admissions Department at 773-947-6276 or admit@mccormick.edu

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McCormick Theological Seminary welcomes applications from qualified persons for admission to its Doctor of Ministry degree programs. In accordance with criteria established by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS), the following standards apply:


Applicants must hold the Master of Divinity degree (or its academic equivalent) from an ATS accredited school.

Applicants will have achieved a B average in the M.Div. program.

Applicants will have a minimum of three years full-time professional experience in ministry after graduation with an M.Div.

In addition to these ATS standards, McCormick Theological Seminary requires the following:

Applicants must evidence a capacity to use their context for ministry as a learning environment.

There must be evidence of a match between the applicant’s learning goals and the outcomes the Seminary hopes for in its graduates.

Applicants must have a history of effective ministry, show evidence of a willingness to think and act in new ways, and have an ability to work and learn collaboratively with others.

Applicants must demonstrate a capacity for self-reflection, self-analysis, and self-directed learning.

Applicants must demonstrate clarity of call.

Language Proficiency Requirements

An English Language proficiency requirement must be met by all students for whom English is not their first language. Applicants may meet this requirement in one of four ways:

1.    Complete the TOEFL exam with an internet total score of 79 (213 computer, 550 paper), with a 20 minimum in four sections of reading, listening, speaking and writing;

2.    Hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in which English was the instructional language;

3.    Complete four semesters of ESL from an accredited institution, or

4.    Supply a documentable exemption from the above, e.g., extensive ministerial experience in an English speaking context, a bilingual family of origin where English was one of the domestic languages, extensive education instruction apart from college or university in English (e.g., a British style prep-school), etc.

Admissions Process

Action to admit or not to admit will be taken by the Faculty Committee on Admissions when the following completed forms and assessments have been received:

A completed application form.

Official transcripts of all academic work beyond the high school level whether or not a degree was awarded. These must be requested by the applicant and forwarded by the granting institution directly to McCormick Theological Seminary.

A Denominational Staff Reference

A Governing Body Reference

A Peer Assessment.

Applicants to Cooperative Programs (D.Min. in Preaching and Ecumencial D.Min.)

These programs have separate applications forms and admissions requirements and deadlines may vary. 


Transfer Students

A student wishing to transfer credit for Doctor of Ministry courses completed at another theological seminary must first submit the regular application for admission to the Doctor of Ministry program at McCormick. Once admitted, the student may submit a transcript of D.Min. courses completed at other institutions along with a statement of good standing from the Dean or other appropriate official.
 
If a student wishes to have credit considered for transfer from more than one school, transcripts and statements of good standing must be submitted from each school. Courses that are more than ten (10) years old will not be accepted for transfer. No more than four courses completed at other institutions may be credited toward a McCormick D.Min. Degree. All core courses of the McCormick D.Min. and the D.Min. Thesis must be completed at McCormick. All matters related to transfer of credit should be directed to the dean of Doctor of Ministry Programs.


Students at Large

Ordinarily students are admitted before taking the first class. Students may audit the first class, but must have submitted at least a completed application form and a statement of learning goals before permission can be granted to enroll in a second course. Any exception must be granted by the dean of Doctor of Ministry Programs. Under no circumstances can more than two courses be taken before the student has been formally admitted to the program.

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McCormick Theological Seminary welcomes applications from qualified persons for admission to its Doctor of Ministry degree programs. In accordance with criteria established by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS), the following standards apply:


Applicants must hold the Master of Divinity degree (or its academic equivalent) from an ATS accredited school.

Applicants will have achieved a B average in the M.Div. program.

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Doctor of Ministry classes take place in the McCormick Theological Seminary building, which shares a campus with the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (LSTC). Classes are five-day intensives, generally run from early Monday afternoon to Friday midday, and may include evening sessions. While in Chicago, students will have access to the JKM library housed at LSTC. McCormick partners with nearby institutions to help provide low cost housing to students in town for course intensives.

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Responsibility for meeting the costs of this program belongs primarily 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 and assist with locating sources of scholarships and grants.

For more information about financial aid, please contact Tabitha Hightower at 773-947-6309 or thightower@mccormick.edu.

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Responsibility for meeting the costs of this program belongs primarily 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 and assist with locating sources of scholarships and grants.

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ACTS DMin in Preaching, Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry
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The ACTS Doctor of Ministry in Preaching