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One Degree. Numerous Options.

Thomas Yang Crop

Each semester, I come to appreciate more and more the meticulous thought and care that professors give to the classroom experience. I am encouraged by their dedication and desire for their students to integrate their education into their life and ministry settings.

Thomas Yang
M.Div. Student


A Chicago Education

The Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) consists of eleven theological schools representing the majority of mainline denominations, making Chicago one of the outstanding centers of theological education in the world. As an M.Div. student you'll be able to take classes at any of the eleven Chicago area seminaries and you'll also have access to their library resources to further your theological education.


Arionne Preaching Crop

I believe that as the redeemed body of Christ, the Church is called to liberate all people so that they may fulfill God's plans for their lives. The Master of Divinity at Garrett-Evangelical has equipped me to serve through Christian education, liturgy, music ministry, mission work and much more.

Rev. Arionne Williams
M.Div. Graduate, 2008


Northwestern University

Garrett-Evangelical and Northwestern University have a relationship over a century-and-a-half old. Over the decades the institutions have shared numerous resources, and today, the relationship continues through cross-registration opportunities, library resources, information technology, recreational facilities, and special lectures and programs. 

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree at Garrett-Evangelical is all about options! We recognize your calling is unique and we've got a number of options to to meet your vocational goals. You'll find our M.Div. graduates in the pulpit, hospitals, schools, the mission field, and numerous not-for-profit organizations. Combining rigorous academics with profound spiritual formation, the M.Div. degree fulfills the academic qualifications for ordination as elder or deacon in The United Methodist Church and in most other denominations.

Eleven Areas of Concentration

Our M.Div. degree prepares well-rounded ministers and religious leaders who are able to concentrate on any area that peaks their interest. From “classical” areas of Christian study like church history and systematic theology to practical areas of study such as Christian education and pastoral counseling, students at Garrett-Evangelical can create a curriculum tailored to their own learning goals. Concentrations include:

  • African American Church Leadership
  • Christian Education
  • Church History
  • Church Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Peace Studies
    (In partnership with AMBS)
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Theology
  • Urban Ministry 
  • Worship

Joint Programs

With an M.Div. from Garrett-Evangelical, students have the option to partner with other Chicago area institutions in order to prepare for specialized ministries. Students can do a joint M.Div./MSW with Loyola University of Chicago, earn a certificate in Peace & Justice Studies from Associate Mennonite Biblical Seminary, or specialize in urban ministry with the Seminary Consortium of Urban Pastoral Education.

Campus and Online Learning

The path to complete the M.Div. comes with a host of options too.  Whether commuting from one of our three apartment buildings in the Northwestern University neighborhood or Detroit, or attending class on campus or online, there is no one way to earn your M.Div. degree.

Our online courses are taught by core faculty or associated faculty who have been certified in online education, ensuring that online classes are of the highest quality and demand academic rigor. All introductory courses, including United Methodist studies courses, are available online. You can earn one-third of the M.Div. in an online format.

For students who can only be on campus a few weeks at a time, Garrett-Evangelical offers both three week intensive courses (January and June) and weekend intensive courses (three weekends over a semester). This allows for flexible scheduling as students fit in the degree with their lifestyle.

Real World Experience

At Garrett-Evangelical, learning takes place in the classroom and in the field. Our field education sites come with options to fit each students’ calling, from urban, suburban, and rural churches to hospitals, nursing homes, and nonprofit organizations. Our field education office will partner with you to find the right option for your vocational goals.

From Rome to Zimbabwe, and from Palestine to Argentina, Garrett-Evangelical students have engaged a variety of communities through cross-cultural learning. Overseas and domestic trips are led by our faculty and embrace themes of Christian origins, ecumenical dialogue, and peace and justice. Such experiences serve to enlarge students’ worldviews, making them ministers with a global conscience.

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UMC Logo Garrett-Evangelical, a seminary related to
The United Methodist Church, welcomes
students from a wide range of faith traditions.