Doctor of Ministry Applicants

Welcome to the McCormick Doctor of Ministry Program

We are delighted that you are considering McCormick Theological Seminary as the place to do your doctoral work. McCormick’s Doctor of Ministry program integrates theory and practice, values your experiential knowledge, focuses on peer-based learning in cohorts, and is rooted in culturally attentive contextual education. Our goal is to provide you a challenging course of study directly applicable to your ministry.

The McCormick D.Min. program addresses subjects relevant to ministry today — group dynamics, a changing religious landscape, cross-cultural competency, and organizational change – and provides opportunities for you to apply the course content to your local ministry. There are elective courses, allowing you to select subjects most applicable to your ministry, and there is a thesis project of your choosing—benefiting your ministry as well as the broader church. If your focus is specifically preaching, you may want to consider the ACTS D.Min. in Preaching program, in which McCormick is a key partner — one of the most highly regarded advanced-degree programs in preaching anywhere in the world. The Ecumenical D.Min., another partner with McCormick that is housed at Catholic Theological Union, provides semester long courses for students living in the Chicago area and is designed to meet the needs of international students, resident here from around the world.

All three programs reflect the unique values of a McCormick education — one that is at once reformed, ecumenical, cross-cultural, and urban. McCormick honors students’ cultural needs and theological commitments while cultivating an academic community in which students may find common ground and renew their perspective on ministry.

I look forward to hearing from you, learning about your ministry, and discussing how McCormick may serve your particular interests and needs.


Jennifer M. McBride, / Associate Dean of Doctor of Ministry Programs

At a glance

MDiv Equivalency: The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) requires an MDiv degree or its educational equivalent for admission to a doctor-of-ministry program. In most circumstances, an applicant will hold an MDiv degree.

McCormick welcomes international students to its Doctor of Ministry Programs.

McCormick welcomes international students to the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry Program. Prospective International  Students are encouraged to carefully study the curricula and the admissions requirements for the program prior to  submitting an application.

Brief overview of the nuts and bolts of the Doctor of Ministry Program
Downloadable PDF of D.Min. Application Form
How to arrange a visit to learn more about the D.Min. program.
Hyde Park, Schedule

Responsibility for meeting the costs of this program belongs primarily to the student, the congregation or agency served, and the denomination of which the student is a member.

ACTS DMin in Preaching, Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry


Contact your Admission Rep

Masters Information Request

Doctor of Ministry Information Request

Senior Director of Admissions & Enrollment
Rev. Veronica Johnson