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Programs for United Methodist Students

Garrett-Evangelical works in cooperation with United Methodist district committees of ministry and conference boards of ordained ministry to assist students as they clarify their call to ministry, engage in spiritual formation, and develop the understandings, skills, and practices for faithful church leadership.

  • Students seeking ordination as elder in The United Methodist Church usually enroll in the Master of Divinity program (though the Course of Study School may be an option; see below). Most students are full-time; however some of the program may be completed part-time.
  • Students seeking ordination as deacon in The United Methodist Church may enroll in the Master of Divinity program, one of the Master of Arts programs, or in the Basic Graduate Theological Studies (BGTS) program. Students may enroll in these programs full-time or, as in-ministry students, take intensive courses in January and summer terms.
  • Students seeking certification in Christian education, evangelism, music ministry, spiritual formation, children's ministry, or youth ministry may complete educational requirements either in a degree program or in January and summer terms.  More information about UM certification is available from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
  • Garrett-Evangelical also participates with the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in providing a Course of Study School for those seeking to serve in ministry as "local pastors." The Basic Course of Study Program is provided in English, Spanish, and Hmong.  Courses for those interested in Advanced Course of Study, leading to ordination as an elder, are also available.

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The United Methodist Church, welcomes
students from a wide range of faith traditions.