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Application Deadlines, Process and Requirements

Masters Degrees

Masters Degrees

Application Deadlines         

Rolling Admissions
Applications are received and scholarships awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year. While the majority of master degree students begin their studies in the fall, we also have master degree students who start in our 13-week spring term or who begin their studies with taking one class during our 2-week January intensive or one of our 2-week summer intensives.

Early Action Deadline for Fall Applications
If you plan to apply for the fall, November 15th is the early action deadline to receive an admissions decision no later than December 15th and have the opportunity to qualify for scholarships ranging from 65% to 100% of tuition.

Plus Scholarship Deadline for Fall Applications

If you plan to apply for the fall, March 1st is the priority deadline to be considered for admission and scholarships.

International Student Application Deadline

Students who will be studying at Garrett on an F-1 visa, must apply by March 1 to begin their studies the following fall. Students who are here on F-1 visas may only start their studies in the fall.

Application Process
The Garrett application for admission has three steps:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Submit your required application materials
  3. Pay the application fee ($75.00)

Application materials submitted prior to completing the online application will be kept on file for one year.

Required Application Materials
A completed application consists of the following:

  1. Online Application for Admission (found in the sliders below Apply Now)
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. Resume 
  4. Three letters of recommendation, including one church reference and at least one academic reference. MTS applicants are required to submit two academic references. You will be able to download the Reference Form that you will need to accompany each letter within the online application.
  5. Official copies of transcripts from each college or university you have attended.
  6. A $75 application processing fee which can be submitted online via debit or credit card when submitting your application as final, or mailed to us via check or money order.

For International Students, we will also need your official TOEFL score.

IMPORTANT: Once you begin the application, you can save your work at any time and return to finish it later, if you input your email address in order to receive a KEY that will allow you to retrieve your application.

Doctoral Degrees

Doctor of Ministry

DMin Application Deadline
          September 15 (for cohorts beginning in January)
          February 1 (for cohorts beginning in June)

ACTS DMin in Preaching Application Deadline
          March 31 (Enrollment is in the summer only)

Strategic Leadership for Black Congregations
          Next cohort begins Summer 2021, applications closed March 31, 2021

Community Organizing
          Next cohort begins TBA

Spiritual Direction
          Next cohort begins TBA

Preaching as Leadership in Hispanic/Latinx Congregations
         Next cohort begins TBA

Congregational Leadership
          Next cohort begins TBA


Doctor of Philosophy

To start:

Students interested in our Doctor of Philosophy program first need to meet our requirements to apply for admission:

  • Students must have received a Master of Divinity OR a theological degree equivalent to our Master of Theological Studies (60 credit hours) from an accredited institution.  Non-theological graduate degrees do not meet this requirement; students who lack a theological masters are encouraged to apply to one of our master’s degree programs.
  • For the Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology, Personality, and Culture, students must have completed at least one year of supervised clinical training in addition to a theological degree. This is accomplished by completing at least one year of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or one year of training as a pastoral counselor. The specifics of this training can be found at Prospective students who are already licensed or certified as pastoral counselors, professional counselors, professional counselors, Christian counselors, family therapist, or social workers meet this requirement. Persons who have undergone at least one-year of supervision and progress towards professional licensure or certification also meet this requirement.

Students who meet these requirements are encouraged to explore our faculty directory to see if there is a faculty member with whom they have a compatible area of interest.

Those interested in pursuing the program should review the online application to ensure they can produce all application materials in a timely fashion.  Completed application files are due IN FULL by midnight on January 20th. Ph.D. students are only admitted in the fall of each year.

Application requirements:

A completed application includes the following:

  • Submitted online application
  • $75 application fee 
  • Three references
    • Two from Faculty
    • One Reference of Your Choosing
    • Pastoral Theology applicants must also submit a fourth reference from a CPE supervisor
  • Official transcripts from every college/university you have attended
    • No Minimum Score Requirement
  • Research Statement
    • One page single-spaced, should include:
      • Your chosen field
      • Faculty Member(s) you would like to work with
      • Your Particular Research Interests
      • Your Research Qualifications
      • How you envision your research benefiting the academy and/or church or other institutions and service agencies
  • Professional Resume or C.V.
  • Recent Academic Paper
    • No more than 20 pages
    • Representative of your analytic skills & related to your field of graduate study

To visit:

Due to the high volume of requests for a campus visit, the admissions office is no longer able to set up campus visits for all inquiring Ph.D. students.  Prospective students interested in visiting campus are encouraged to reach out to the faculty members in their area of study to set up a time to talk.

Candidates who have applied for admission and whom the faculty judge are likely to flourish at Garrett-Evangelical may be invited to campus for an interview, with domestic travel expenses paid by Garrett-Evangelical.  This will allow both the applicants and faculty members to assess whether Garrett-Evangelical’s Ph.D. program is a good fit. These visits may take place before an application is completed, but are more likely to take place after faculty review of a completed application. The sooner applicants provide sufficient materials in their online applications, the more likely a campus visit could be offered in the fall or early winter before admission decisions are made.

United Methodist Programs

Basic Graduate Theological Studies/Deacon 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


Certificate Studies                                 
          Applications received on a rolling basis

Taking Course(s) for Personal or Professional Enrichment

Enrichment Studies
If you are needing courses for ordination purposes, if you simply want to take a course or two to enhance your ministry, or if you want to see if theological education is for you by taking a course as a non-degree student, filling out an Enrichment Application is your next step. As an Enrichment student, you can take up to five courses for your own personal exploration or professional enrichment. 

Applications received on a rolling basis
          Bachelor's Verification Form

Auditing a Class
          Applications received on a rolling basis
          Bachelor's Verification Form


Apply Now

To help conserve natural resources, Garrett-Evangelical publishes an online application only. Please click on the degree or program below that you are applying to in order to begin your application. If you have any questions about the application or the application process, please contact:

Office of Admissions

Master Degrees

Master of Divinity

Master of Theological Studies                                                                           

Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling

Master of Arts in Christian Education                                    

Master of Arts in Public Ministry                                              

Doctoral Degrees

Doctor of Ministry (for all tracks except Preaching as Leadership in Hispanic/Latinx Congregations)

Doctor of Ministry in Preaching as Leadership in Hispanic/Latinx Congregations

Doctor of Philosophy

United Methodist Programs

Advanced Course of Study

Advanced Course of Study (in Spanish)                                        

BGTS/Deacon Studies


Enrichment and Audit

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