Master of Divinity students take an active part in exploring and defining their strengths, background, gifts for ministry, and vocational calling. Garrett’s integrative curriculum prepares students for a wide variety of congregational and non-congregational ministry settings.
I know that God is truly doing a new thing in me and in the lives of my classmates. This experience will provide me with the foundation I need to lead and serve with a bold confidence to facilitate courageous conversations leading to transformational change in the Church.
Being at Garrett-Evangelical has been a liberating step in my life and ministry. It has brought me a sense of community, diversity social justice; therefore, I am committed to being in favor of my neighbor.
Throughout every moment of the admissions process, I felt wanted and desired, such that I knew I could be my best self at Garrett-Evangelical and also have the opportunity for an individualized program of study both through a concentration and independent study.
Amanda Lynn Holmes
MDiv and MAPM
As a missionary currently serving in a predominantly Muslim country (Senegal) and my church—The United Methodist being still young—the expectation is high. I came to the point where I felt that I have given all what I knew/had as a non-theologian, and the need of joining a seminary was almost a must.
The way that the faculty talked about how they were going to prepare me for ministry while also giving me a rigorous education felt right to me. Something inside me knew that not only did Garrett-Evangelical care about me, but it was also the place where I would become a better myself.
The Master of Divinity is an 76-credit hour program that can be tailored to serve each individual’s calling. Students can complete their degree as a residential student (primarily in-person courses on Garrett’s campus) or as a hybrid student (primarily online courses).
Foundational Courses (18-credit hours)
Distribution Requirements (33-credit hours)
General Elective Courses (15-credit hours)
Students pursuing ordination should plan on using general electives to complete any denomination studies or other denominational requirements that are not already required for the degree.
Integrative Courses (10-credit hours)
The Office of Admissions encourages prospective students who are considering ordination to be in conversation with their denominational ordination boards as they discern their next steps in theological education. Some traditions have specific requirements around how many courses a student must take in-person to be considered for ordination. United Methodist students are required to take 1/3 of their courses in-person to qualify for ordination as an elder or a deacon.
MDiv students complete two semesters of field education. Combining hands-on experience with peer group discussions, you will come to know approaches to ministry leadership, cultivate practical skills in context as you do the work of ministry with skilled church and community leaders, and engage in critical reflection on the Christian leaders you are called to be.
The Senior Colloquy, a capstone seminar, helps MDiv students integrate their seminary training with their future work as community leaders. Students are required to create a final project that combines theology and practice.
Master of Divinity students can complete their degree as a residential student (primarily in-person courses on Garrett’s campus) or as a hybrid student (primarily online courses).
Concentrations are not required. Declaring a concentration allows you to customize your education for your ministry context. Current concentrations include:
You can specialize you Master of Divinity by adding a second degree. Current MDiv dual degree options include:
Garrett offers courses in a variety of course modalities to meet a variety of scheduling needs. Course options include in-person, online, hybrid, hyflex, and more. While the program is taught by faculty of Garrett, students may also take courses at Northwestern University and at any of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) in the Chicago metropolitan area.
My vocation as a biblical scholar stems from and reflects my intersectional identity as a Korean-Filipino missionary kid who grew up in the Philippines. Worshipping in Tagalog, Korean, and English-speaking congregations drew me towards ordination in the United Methodist Church where I continue to transgress and traverse multicultural assemblages.
Rev. Dr. Dong Heyon Jeong
Assistant Professor of New Testament Interpretation
This is such an exciting era to study the Old Testament because traditional approaches are now accompanied by newer ones. As a result of these newer approaches, innovative questions are being introduced to the field. Most importantly, these more recent approaches make possible new insights into the meaning of the biblical text within both its ancient context and our own contemporary context.
Rev. Dr. Cheryl Anderson
Professor of Old Testament
Whether doing theological work in the church, leadership in organizations, or in the academy, theology is a constructive, creative practice that requires us to continually speak in new ways about the beauty and fragmentation present in the world.
Dr. Brian Bantum
Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Professor of Theology
Graduates of this program will be able to:
Garrett-Evangelical accepts applications from students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or from an AETH-certified Bible institute. Because our primary language of instruction is English, applicants be able to show English proficiency, as evidenced by a previous degree in English or completion of either the Duolingo or Test of English as a Foreign Language test.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. International student applications are due by March 1st.