McCormick D.Min. Program
The program is composed of nine one-unit classes, which includes an eleven-day thesis residency requirement, and a thesis in the practice of ministry. These nine classes are the equivalent of one year of full-time work; a full course load for students in the D.Min. program is three classes per academic year and work on the thesis. Individual classes are offered as five-day intensives, primarily on McCormick’s campus in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, with work done remotely before and after the class intensive. Because the program of study is closely integrated with the student’s professional work, the minimum time for fulfilling the degree requirements is three academic years. Five years is the maximum time allowed, unless the associate dean grants an extension.
Course of Study
The following core classes form the foundation of the McCormick D.Min. curriculum. All students will take these classes or a variant geared toward that cohort’s cultural context. These courses will typically be taken with the D.Min. cohort group with whom you begin your studies:
Where Three or More are Gathered: exploring the relationship of group dynamics and leadership. This is the first course of any D.Min. student’s program.
The Church in the World Today: exploring the changing landscape of Christian expression in North America and around the world.
Culturally Attentive Pastoral Leadership: equipping students to lead religious organizations with more sensitivity to diverse congregations and communities.
Two additional classes connected to the student's thesis project are also required of all students:
Research Methods: focusing on the theory and application of practical theology, and on the development of a specific thesis project. The thesis project explores in depth an issue of ministry within their current context.
Thesis Residency: an eleven-day, on-campus retreat in January where substantive work on the thesis project is undertaken, guided by a faculty advisor.
In addition to the core classes, each student will take four elective classes, which can be taken by the whole cohort, or separately with other cohorts. For examples of course listings, please go to McCormick’s website: http://mccormick.edu/content/course-listings-cohort 
Upcoming Cohort Start Dates:
June 5-9, 2017 (application deadline March 1, 2017 – last June cohort start!)
January 8-12, 2018 (application deadline November 1, 2017)
For more information, please contact Admissions at 773.947.6276 or firstname.lastname@example.org 
McCormick is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada.