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How to Apply

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We are so glad that you are ready to start the application process at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary! Applications are received and scholarships awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year. Domestic applicants can enter Garrett degree programs during the Fall, January, Spring, and Summer terms. International applicants can begin their studies during the Fall semester only. This is to ensure that international students have a smooth experience navigating the I-20 process and orientation checklist. If you are an international student who would like to petition to enter one of our degree programs during the Spring term, or if you are an applicant with general questions about our application process, please email the Office of Admissions at:

Application Deadlines:

  • Master’s Applicants
    • January/Spring 2022 Deadlines
      • Final Application Deadline: December 1st
    • Fall 2022 Deadlines
      • Fall 2022 Early Action Deadline (guaranteed 65% tuition scholarship upon admission): November 15th
      • Plus Scholarship Deadline: March 1st
      • International Applicant Deadline: March 1st
      • Final Fall 2022 Deadline: June 1st
  • Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Applicants
    • Summer 2022 DMin Deadline (Leadership for Social Transformation)March 15th
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Applicants
    • Fall 2022 Deadline: January 20th


Master's and Doctor of Ministry Applicants

A completed application to any of our master’s programs or our Doctor of Ministry degree, will include the following:

  • A submitted online application form.
  • An application fee: $75.00 FEE WAIVED WITH CODE: GETS2021
  • Supplemental items:
    • Statement of Purpose (see prompts below)
    • Resume
    • Three letters of recommendation, including one church/religious reference and one academic reference. (MTS students must have two academic references).
    • Official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. A bachelor’s degree is required for all master’s programs at Garrett.
    • Please note: all supplemental items should be uploaded in .pdf form.
  • International applicants will need to submit an official TOEFL score or Duolingo English Test score for evaluation by our review committee.


Doctor of Philosophy Applicants 

A completed Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) application will include:

  • A submitted application form.
  • An application fee: $75.00 FEE WAIVED WITH CODE: GETS2021
  • Supplemental items:
    • Three letters of recommendation, including two faculty references. Pastoral Theology applicants must have a fourth reference from a CPE supervisor.
    • Official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. A previous theological master’s degree is required for admission to the Ph.D.
    • Research Statement: One page single-spaced.
    • Recent academic paper (no more than 20 pages) that represents your analytic skills related to your field of study.
    • International Ph.D. applicants must show English language proficiency through either the TOEFL exam or Duolingo’s online English exam. (Note: Duolingo allows for the exam to be taken remotely for applicants who do not have access to a TOEFL testing site. Please note the fee differences when comparing exams.)


Statement of Purpose/Research Statement Instructions (All Degree Programs)

Below are instructions and prompts that will inform the written components of your application. Please follow these instructions when working on your written responses.

Statement of Purpose (Master’s applicants)

  • Who do you understand yourself to be - your unique strengths, passions, identities – and how would you describe your calling/vocation?
  • What motivates and inspires you? What problems in the church and/or world trouble you?
  • How do you hope theological education in general, and Garrett in particular, might equip you to fulfill your sense of vocation?
  • If you are an MTS student, please include an additional page outlining your research interests and area of concentration to be pursued.
  • Essays should be two to four pages, double-spaced, in length. Essays should be personally reflective and original in nature (with citations in referencing work that is not your own). All essays will be evaluated based on content, style, grammar, and organization.

Statement of Purpose (Doctor of Ministry applicants)

  • Why are you applying for this DMin track?
  • How will it enhance your personal practice of ministry, and how will it enhance the practice of ministry within your ministry context?
  • How will your ministry context help set an example for the overall mission and ministry of the church?
  • What specific research interests do you have that you hope to pursue within this track?
  • What learning objectives do you have, I.e., what specific lessons do you hope to learn, and specific skills do you hope to master?
  • Why do you want to pursue this degree at Garrett?

Research Statement (Doctor of Philosophy applicants)

  • What is your chosen field?
  • What faculty member(s) would you like to work with?
  • What are your particular research interest(s)?
  • What are your research qualifications?
  • How do you envision your research benefiting the academy and/or church or other institutions and service agencies?
  • Your research statement should be one page single-spaced.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary does not discriminate, or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification prohibited by law in admissions, recruitment, financial aid, employment, housing, services, or in its educational programs or activities.