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.
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.
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.