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REDEFINE CALLING

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REDEFINE CALLING

All of us are called to some form of ministry, but figuring out how to embody your calling can be a challenge, especially in our ever-changing world. At Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, we help students think creatively about their calling, so that they can transform the world—which is why our graduates serve in such a wide variety of settings. Whether you are discerning your call through rigorous studies in the classroom, engaging your spiritual gifts in one of our many unique field placements, or simply bouncing ideas off of friends over dinner, you will have plenty of opportunities to hear the Spirit’s calling and then act on it.

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REDEFINE MINISTRY

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REDEFINE MINISTRY

While it may come with a job description, we know that ministry is anything but just a job. It's a way of embodied living that reflects and shares the light, love, and grace of God in everything you do. Our alums redefine ministry through serving God and neighbor in a wide variety of vocational settings, both inside and outside of the local church.

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REDEFINE EVANGELICAL

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REDEFINE EVANGELICAL

What does it mean that we are Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary? It means we actively resist disconnecting our evangelical commitment and prophetic participation in society, as we seek to teach, learn, embody, and declare the good news. Believing that love of God is always linked to love of neighbor, we are committed to seeking justice and renewal for all. It means we are born out of the merger of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church which formed The United Methodist Church in 1968. It means we embody the best of progressive and evangelical values to prepare you for a variety of ministry settings to meet the needs of our world.

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REDEFINE SEMINARY

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REDEFINE SEMINARY

Founded in 1853, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary serves the church and the world by preparing public theologians and scholars. We equip our students to proclaim the good news of the gospel, to foster deep spirituality in the lives of others, to serve with cultural competence and commitment to racial equity, and to lead transformative change for the wellbeing of all persons and creation. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, we offer rigorous, intellectually challenging academics paired with a commitment to intentional spiritual formation that trains the mind, body, and spirit.

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9
degree programs offered
100%
of masters students receive a scholarship
$2.5 million
awarded annually in scholarship aid
18
countries represented in student body
64%
of students are United Methodist
33
denominations represented in student body
27
faculty members
Over 400,000
volumes in the Styberg Library
13
Master of Divinity Concentrations
3
Master of Arts in Public Ministry concentrations
6
Master of Theological Studies specializations
6
Doctor of Ministry tracks
6
Doctor of Philosophy concentrations
Denise Ann Bellista
Since attending Garrett-Evangelical, my faith has been strengthened as a lot of what I believe was both challenged and reaffirmed. I am given new perspectives and am challenged through discussions with my diverse group of classmates, as well as through the readings and lectures.
Since arriving on campus, I have experienced the family atmosphere where second and third year students are encouraging and advising the first year students, and everyone is helping each other. Everyone wants each other to succeed. I know that what I am doing is good for me. I feel fulfilled, refreshed, and at home.

Financial Aid

Garrett-Evangelical is committed to supporting you with a financial aid package that recognizes your academic ability, background, and need. Generous support from the seminary's alumni/ae and friends allows us to support you in this community act of Christian stewardship. At Garrett-Evangelical, EVERY full-time AND part-time master degree student receives a scholarship. Each year, we give over $2.5 million in scholarships with scholarships ranging from 25%-100% tuition with stipends.

Student Life

Community at Garrett-Evangelical is basic to seminary formation. Classrooms of hospitality, a dynamic worship life during the week, covenant groups, prayer circles, community meals, and student-organized events are a key part of understanding and experiencing the formation of Christian community. Through coursework, academic advising, rich conversation, and community experiences, you will be nurtured and empowered to fulfill God’s call and claim on your life.