Academic Partnerships

Expanded and enhanced learning opportunities


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is fortunate to have established partnerships with a number of academic institutions across the Chicago area and the United States. These partnerships provide enhanced and expanded learning opportunities for our students. In addition, students from other institutions have the opportunity to take advantage of the world-class education offered at Garrett.

Northwestern University

Garrett and Northwestern have a relationship that is almost a century and a half old. Though we are separate institutions, we share numerous resources including courses, buildings, faculties, libraries, parking, and technology. Garrett students can utilize Northwestern’s libraries, cross-register for graduate-level courses, and more.

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Association of Chicago Theological Schools

Garrett is a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS), a network of 12 Chicago-area theological schools. Through ACTS, Garrett students can have access to approximately 260 faculty, some 700 courses offered annually, and library collections of 2.1 million volumes and nearly 5,500 currently received periodical subscriptions.

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Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago

The Center for Religion and Psychotherapy (CRPC) is a not-for-profit organization in Chicago offering psychotherapy and pastoral counseling for adults and adolescents, individuals and couples, since 1965. CRPC provides the clinical training and much of the academic work required for Garrett students in the MAPCC Clinical Track or the PhD in Pastoral Theology, Personality & Culture to sit for the State of Illinois’ licensure exam for clinical professional counselors.

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Other Opportunities for Garrett Students

Supporting undergraduate theological education

Garrett has partnered with North Central College to offer junior and senior North Central undergraduate students in good standing the opportunity to enroll in online, summer-intensive or traditional graduate-level courses at Garrett. Students can either count the courses toward their North Central electives or accumulate up to 15 credits of graduate coursework toward a future master’s degree at Garrett or elsewhere.

Helping students at other seminaries complete required United Methodist Studies courses


To assist students at partner institutions in meeting United Methodist ordination requirements, Garrett offers a certificate in United Methodist Studies. The certificate consists of fifteen hours of coursework which meets six key United Methodist educational requirements – United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity; Evangelism; Mission of the Church in the World; and Worship. The certificate is currently available to United Methodist students studying at:


  • Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
  • Brite Divinity School
  • Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Eden Theological Seminary
  • Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • Sioux Falls Seminary
  • University of Chicago Divinity School