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Our student body is not only ethnically diverse, it is also boasts a variety of faith backgrounds.

Our student body is not only ethnically diverse, it is also boasts a variety of faith backgrounds.

Doctor of Ministry Programs

The McCormick Doctor of Ministry Program Transforms…congregations, agencies, and our students who serve them

The Academic Program | Core Courses | Elective Courses | Cohort Dates | Contact DMin Office


The Academic Program

The McCormick Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Program intentionally integrates academic inquiry with a student’s ongoing ministry work, requiring active partnerships between instructors, students, and the student’s place of ministry. Course and thesis projects are always grounded in actual ministry settings and objectives, promoting both theological depth and practical application.

The DMin course-of-study comprises nine one-unit courses, including five core courses and four elective courses. Core and elective courses are normally offered as five-day intensives on McCormick’s Chicago campus. Each course requires advance preparation, classroom engagement, and a course project applied in the student’s place of ministry. Students normally take three courses per calendar year.

Additionally, all students must produce a thesis project that explores in-depth an issue or practice of ministry within their current ministry context. For more information about the thesis project, check out the syllabus

The DMin course listing for 2016 through 2019 is being updated. 

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Core Courses

Students move through core courses with the same cohort group, providing the diverse, rich, challenging, supportive learning environment – a hallmark of a McCormick doctor-of-ministry degree. Core courses are taught by McCormick Faculty.

  • Where Three or More Are Gathered: explores a leader’s own gifts and the unique settings and demands in which those gifts are exercised. For more information, check out the syllabus. (1st Course)
  • The Church in the World Today: explores the changing landscape of Christian expression in North American and around the world, and its impact on ministry.
  • Culturally Attentive Pastoral Leadership: explores ministry leadership that is attentive and responsive to the increasingly diverse and multi-cultural communities in which we live and work.
  • Research Methods in Ministry: explores the work done by practical theologians, using congregational and contextual analysis, strategy, and evaluation to enhance ministry.
  • Thesis Residency: explores a ministry issue that becomes the basis for the student's final project - thesis - in ministry.


These five core courses combined with four electives form the solid foundation for the program and for effective ministry.

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Elective Courses

Students also choose four elective courses that match their interests, needs, or particular area of concentration. Elective courses offer the flexibility to explore a broader range of areas of ministry relevant to students’ context.

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Areas of Concentration

Building Beloved Community is a McCormick value, and one of three concentrations the DMin program offers. Students explore culture, human difference, social justice, and active engagement. Students examine the relationship between their church or agency and the communities it serves. Participants and instructors explore, create, and encourage ministry practices that strengthen those communities.

Building Beloved Community elective courses have included:

  • Peacemaking: Building the Beloved Community
  • Preaching, Healing, and Justice
  • Joining Up the Body: Building the Common Life of the Church


Parish Revitalization addresses challenges established congregations and their leaders face in a post-Christendom culture. It is designed for local church pastors called to lead a people in renewed gospel witness in their community. Students engage Christian tradition, current scholarship, and contemporary ministry in ways that identify, form, and deepen practices that create and sustain vital, faithful churches and pastors.

Parish Revitalization elective courses have included:

  • Post-Christendom Church
  • The Gospel and Global Media Cultures
  • Dysfunction and Transformation in Human Systems


Leadership Concentration examines the foundational styles and goals of leaders and followers. It is designed for leaders in a wide variety of settings: parish, community, hospital, or school. Leadership courses have included

  • Foundation for Leadership
  • Leadership and Change
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Transformative Learning and Leading


Pastoral and Spiritual Care concentration examines the spiritual nurture and care of God’s people, in congregations and other ministry settings. Designed for pastors, chaplains, and other leaders who bring the gospel to a hurting world and its people and focus on the dynamic life of the people of God as a helping community.

Pastoral and Spiritual Care elective courses have included:

  • Pastoral Care in Times of Crisis
  • Pastoral Theology of Hope
  • Pastoral Care as Spiritual Practice


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Cohort Dates

Program Cohort Begins: January 4-8, 2016
Applications due on or before November 20, 2015

Program Cohort Begins: June 6-10, 2016
Applications due on or before April 1, 2016

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Contact Info

For more information, please contact Admissions at 773.947.6276 or at

5460 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615

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.

General Academic Information

Please download the DMin Handbook.  GradesLetter grades are assigned at McCormick as follows: A, outstanding; B, good; C, satisfactory. Each grade may be given with a plus or minus added. Grade...

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.