Contact Admissions

Office of Admissions
Mailing Address
2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (847) 866-3945
Toll-Free: (800) SEMINARY
Fax: (847) 467-1269

Degrees and Programs

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is committed to education for the church, the academy, and our world. Some students enter seminary seeking graduate-level degrees to help meet their vocational objectives and to help the church fulfill its mission. Others are looking for non-degree programs or coursework to help them fulfill their call. Each person's ministry is unique and we are here to partner with you. 

You will find an exhaustive listing of our degrees and programs below. When you are ready to learn more, contact the Admissions Office at 847.866.3945 or GetAdmitted@garrett.edu.

Non-Degree Programs

Please select the program you are interested in to learn more.
For those seeking Deacon's orders in the United Methodist Church
For those seeking Certification in the United Methodist Church.  Programs offered include:
                  Children's Ministry                               Music Ministry
                  Christian Education                            Spiritual Formation
                  Evangelism                                           Youth Ministry
Course of Study School
For United Methodist local pastors
For local pastors who have completed Course of Study School and are seeking Elder's orders in the United Methodist Church

Enrichment Studies           
For those interested in taking classes for their personal enrichment only, or for those interested in exploring a degree program by taking one class at a time.  A maximum of 5 classes may be taken as an enrichment student.
Auditing a Class
For those wanting to take a class for which they do not desire to receive a grade.  Enrollment is subject to approval by the professor. 

International Students

Garrett-Evangelical enjoys a significant population of international students and sincerely appreciates the variety of gifts and experiences they bring to the seminary community.

International students may apply for admission beginning in fall semesters only.  The deadline for submitting a completed application is March 1st. 

A completed application consists of:

  • Online Application Form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Official copies of transcripts from all institutions attended
  • $75 Application fee
  • Demonstration of English Proficiency (TOEFL or degree taught in English)

    The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants for whom English is not the first language and who have not completed a postsecondary degree where instruction was in English.  Results are forwarded to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Educational Testing Service code #1245).  A minimum TOEFL scores, as follows, is required for admission:
  • Internet-based for PhD, MTS, DMin = 100; for MA and MDiv = 88
  • Computer-based for PhD, MTS, DMin = 250; for MA and MDiv = 230

I-20 Processing Information
In order for us to complete the I-20 form, admitted international students must provide information requested below and pre-pay toward their first semester of study.  This money will be held in trust and will be refunded (minus the non-refundable deposit of $555) if for any reason you are not able to matriculate.  You must provide our office with proof of the ability to pay tuition, fees, and living expenses for the academic year. 

If you are transferring your F-1 Visa, please refer to our SEVIS_Transfer_In_Form.pdf.

  1. $555 non-refundable deposit and technology fee, plus pre-payment toward first semester of study.

  2. Church Endorsement Form
    Garrett-Evangelical strives to cooperate with churches in other countries by admitting those students who, in the judgment of their churches, will enrich their future ministry through the experience of ecumenical study abroad. It is expected that students desiring a first professional degree will undertake such a program in their home country or a nearby area whenever possible.

  3. Affidavit of Support
    (You may print off as many of these as you need). 

  4. Bank Statement or bank letter (see bank statement and letter guidelines below).  An original is not required for I-20 issuance purposes but is strongly encouraged for the visa application.

Bank Statement guidelines:

  • Must be dated within the last six months;
  • Name of account holder must be present;
  • Amount of money in the account must be listed;
  • Must be in English, or include a certified English translation;
  • Type of account (eg. savings, checking, time deposit) must be included;
  • Type of currency must be included.

Bank Letter guidelines

  • Name of account holder must be present;
  • Amount of money in the account must be listed -OR- letter must state that the holder has enough money in the account to cover the estimated costs;
  • Must be in English, or include a certified English translation;
  • Type of account (eg. savings, checking, time deposit) must be included;
  • Type of currency must be included;
  • Must be dated within the last six months

Dates and Application Deadlines



Fall Semester 2014


September 2 - December 10

January Term 2015


 January 12 - January 23

Spring Semester 2015


 February 2 - May 13

Summer Terms 2015

Session   I
DMin Session
Session  II
Online Session
Course of Study School
Session III (in Spanish)



June 15 - June 26
June 15 - July 2
June 29 - July 10
June 29 - August 10
July 13 - July 31
July 20 - July 31


Application deadline                  Applications received on a rolling basis 
International student application deadline   March 1
Eliza Garrett Scholarship deadline    February 1
Full tuition scholarships deadline   February 1
All other scholarships deadline   For optimal consideration, apply for admission early


DMin Application Deadline
(Enrollment begins only in January)


October 1

ACTS DMin in Preaching Application Deadline
(Enrollment is in the summer only)


 February 1st

The following DMin programs are offered every other year only and the next cohorts begin:

Spiritual Direction 


January 2015


Application Deadline
(Enrollment begins in fall semesters only)


January 20

Basic Graduate Theological Studies/Deacon Studies                 Applications received on a rolling basis 
Certification Studies    Applications received on a rolling basis 
Course of Study School    Click here for information on Course of Study School
Advanced Course of Study    Applications received on a rolling basis 
Enrichment Studies   Applications received on a rolling basis
Auditing a class   Applications received on a rolling basis

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