International Students

Share in the cultural heritages and spiritual perspectives international students bring to our theological community


As our international and domestic students share academic and non-academic experiences, they teach and help each other develop a broader, more inclusive and global perspective on what it means to be a Christian leader today.

I chose Garrett-Evangelical because the faculty here are brilliant and have multicultural background. They can provide me with many different perspectives and resources on theology and religion.


Yichen Liang
Doctor of Philosophy

I love the faculty members who are continually trying to provide new perspectives and hermeneutics, friends who study with me through hard times to find our vocations, and the various dynamics that are taking place in us. In other words, I love the community called Garrett-Evangelical.


Chanje (CJ) Woo
Master of Divinity

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.


David Makobo
Master of Divinity

A global faculty and student body

36% of faculty born and raised outside the United States

22 countries represented in student body

16% of student body are international students

Application Requirements

International students can apply for admission beginning in fall semesters only. The deadline for submitting a completed application is March 1st.

  • A submitted online application form.
  • An application fee.
  • Supplemental items:
    • Statement of Purpose
    • 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 exam score or Duolingo’s online English exam.
  • for evaluation by our review committee.

  • A submitted application form.
  • An application fee.
  • 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 PhD.
    • 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.)
    • Please note: All supplemental documents should be submitted in .pdf format.

Already admitted?

See our resource page for admitted international students.