Frequently Asked Questions

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

  • A program designed to foster the spiritual and theological growth of individual students while developing their organizational and analytical skills and understanding.
  • A program committed to the transformation and revitalization of congregations and agencies and their leaders.
  • A program that values partnership as the primary means for ministry and involves congregations, agencies, and others with whom the students are in ministry, from the application process through the coursework and the research and writing of the thesis.
    A program that values collaborative learning and dialogue with faculty.
  • A program provides students both the benefit of participation in a diverse learning cohort as well as the opportunity to take elective courses in their own area of concentration.
  • A program that is committed to institutional life, scholarship, and ministry that are reformed, ecumenical, urban, and cross-cultural.

What are the Program Concentrations?

  • Building Beloved Community
  • Parish Revitalization
  • Pastoral and Spiritual Care

Cooperative Programs:

  • Preaching  (Association of Chicago Theological Schools [ACTS])
  • Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry [concentrations in Spirituality, Liturgy, Cross-Cultural Ministries and Education for Witness] (Catholic Theological Union, Lutheran School of Theology and McCormick Theological Seminary)

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.
  • 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
  • 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?

  • Tuition for 2013 – 2014 will be $1,311.00 per course plus an estimated $250.00 for books and fees; room and board, application fee, thesis and graduation fees are additional costs.
  • Tuition for the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program for students entering in 2013 is a fixed fee of $10,569 paid over 3 years ($3,420 per year).  This fee does not include books or room & board. 
  • 2013-2014 Tuition Rates for the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry program is $13110.00 if the student selects the package program. This fee does not include room & board or various fees.  

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 Students enter the program in either June or January
  • Courses are offered as 5 day intensives, normally running from Monday noon through Friday noon; the January Thesis Residency requires a two-week block of time.
  • Groups generally enroll in 3 courses during a 12-month period in order to complete the degree in 3 years (generally September/October, February/March and May/June).
  • Courses ordinarily meet at the McCormick Campus in Chicago.

What are housing options while in Chicago?

  • A limited amount of housing is available at a McCormick residence. Sleeping rooms are private with shared bathrooms, kitchens, and common areas.  2010 - 2012 rates are $60.00 per night single. Click here for more detailed information.
  • Off-campus housing included includes University of Chicago dormitories, hotels, and community based housing in the Hyde Park neighborhood and other parts of the city.

What are the next steps?

  • Check out McCormick’s Web Site at to learn more about the program.
  • Download an application for review and completion.
  • Contact the Director of Doctor of Ministry Recruitment and Admissions at 1-800-228-4687 ext. 6361 or 1-773-947-6361 or via email ( for information about the programs.


Contact your Admission Rep

Masters Information Request

Doctor of Ministry Information Request

Senior Director of Admissions & Enrollment
Rev. Veronica Johnson

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.