Cross-Cultural, Urban, Reformed, Ecumenical

Doctor of Ministry Programs

Uniqueness of the McCormick DMin

McCormick Theological Seminary’s D. Min. program is culturally attentive and context based. It is McCormick’s mission to provide cross-cultural education that equips religious leaders to serve an increasingly diverse U.S. landscape and to attend to the cultural needs of students who represent a variety of racial or ethnic groups. Alongside the longstanding cross-cultural cohorts, new cohorts have been formed that focus, for example, on Korean immigrant churches (Korean-American cohort), Latin@ ministries (Apostolic Assembly cohorts), and Pan-African Christianity (the Jeremiah Wright cohort). When appropriate, theological education is provided in the group’s primary language to varying degrees.

In addition, one’s place of ministry becomes a site for reflection and analysis, integrating academic inquiry with professional context. The thesis project is rooted in the student’s place of ministry, in partnership with the congregation or agency, and ordered toward the transformation of ministry in that specific setting. To do so, the program integrates theory and practice, values experiential knowledge, focuses on peer-based learning in cohorts, and provides theological education that addresses both the internal needs of congregations and the external needs of the broader communities in which the congregations or agencies are located.

Because students often come into the program with a stated concern for a particular area of ministry, McCormick offers a range of non-core courses that focus on the areas of parish revitalization, pastoral care, executive leadership, building beloved community, and public witness. Both core and non-core courses allow students to engage a critical challenge in their ministry through interdisciplinary research – sociological, organizational, psychological, political, economic, historical, theological, and biblical analyses.

Look at what our DMin Cohorts are up to.
Get an idea of course work in the various areas of focus.

Upcoming Cohort Start Dates:

The next cohorts begin in January 2021. The application deadline is October 1, 2020.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Admissions at 773.947.6276 or

McCormick is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada.