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Master of Divinity (MDiv)

As an MDiv student, you will take an active part in exploring and defining your strengths, background, gifts for ministry, and vocational calling. Our integrative curriculum is academic, spiritual, vocational, and practical, enabling you to refine your personal gifts. Whether you are called to parish ministry, campus ministry, advocacy work, or still discerning God's calling for your life, our MDiv degree prepares you for a variety of ministry settings in the 21st century.
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Garrett-Evangelical is not only a theological school, but a community of faith, that has challenged me academically, developed my pastoral identity, fostered my spiritual formation, and nurtured my call to ministry.

Redefining the Master of Divinity

In light of all that is happening in the today’s world and our commitment to put our faith into action for the well-being of all persons and creation, we at Garrett-Evangelical have redefined the focus, requirements, and targeted outcomes of our Master of Divinity degree. The result is that our Master of Divinity degree will be more

RELEVANT in today’s world

  • by recognizing the need for and teaching leadership for increasingly diverse ministry calls and sites
  • by providing more opportunity for integrative concentrations – such as child advocacy, African-American Church leadership, LGBTQ studies, peace studies, social justice, spiritual formation, and ecological sustainability - within the degree


  • by redesigning foundational courses to be less discipline-based and more interdisciplinary
  • by moving our commitments to cross-cultural competencies, sexual and racial identities, spiritual formation, and the awareness of sexual boundaries to the center of the curriculum​

FLEXIBLE in serving student needs

  • by reducing the total hours required to complete the degree
  • increasing the number of open electives
  • adding project-based learning with faculty support

Affording Your Education

One Student. One Scholarship.

At Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, every master degree student receives a scholarship. Scholarships are available for full-time and part-time students and are designed with an eye toward each student’s passion and our mission. Scholarships range from 25% of tuition up to 100% of tuition with stipends. To learn more about all of our scholarship opportunities, please visit

Fellows Program

Deacon Fellows

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has been a leader in preparing students for ministry as a deacon since The United Methodist Church created the Order of Deacons in 1996. In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Order of Deacons, Garrett-Evangelical launched teh Deacon Fellows program in Fall 2017. You can learn more about Deacon Fellows, as well as the Deacon Studies program at Garrett-Evangelical, at

Hispanic-Latinx Fellows

Since 1988, Garrett-Evangelical has been committed to bringing Hispanic culture and experience into the life of the seminary and provide continuing education to the church through the Hispanic-Latinx Center. In line with this commitment, Garrett-Evangelical is launching a new Hispanic-Latinx Fellows Program in order to better support Hispanic-Latinx students who are called to ministry. This fellows program recognizes the unique gifts of our Hispanic and Latinx applicants who will be ministering in bilingual settings and/or who have significant contributions to make to the global religious landscape. To learn more about the Hispanic-Latinx Fellows program, visit

Pan Methodist Fellows

Since 1970 and the foundation of the Church and the Black Experience, Garrett-Evangelical has had a strong emphasis on African American experience and ministry. In line with this commitment and our Methodist heritage, Garrett-Evangelical launched Pan-Methodist Fellows Program in order to better support AME, AMEZ, and CME students who are called to ministry. To learn more about the Pan-Methodist Fellows program visit

Field Education

Without exception, Garrett-Evangelical graduates point to their field education experience as key to their seminary education. Our field education program reflects the Seminary’s philosophy that students mature into ministry by knowing, being, and doing. We offer you the finest opportunity to discern, test and refine your call to ministry.

Our field education program offers:

  • Field Site Discernment – We guide each student to a field site where their call and vocational goals will be supported, challenged, and refined.
  • A Variety of Sites – Options include a variety of congregational settings; chaplaincies in both health related and collegiate settings; and social service and outreach ministries in non-congregational settings. We have a strong commitment to provide cross-cultural experiences.
  • Mentoring – Students meet weekly with the field site supervisor for theological reflection and support. Peer Group discussions are facilitated by experienced ministry professionals.
  • Compensation – Students receive a stipend for their work at their field education site

Renowned Faculty Dedicated to the Practice of Ministry

Our faculty is one of Garrett-Evangelical's greatest assets. They are widely recognized for their expertise, scholarship, and leadership in the Church and academy. They represent most of the major denominations and a variety of theological perspectives. Our faculty members have published hundreds of books and articles, and several hold places of international recognition and preeminence in their fields.

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Degree Requirements

The Master of Divinity is an 80-credit hour program that can be tailored to serve each individual's calling, with an option to take 3-9 additional hours to complete a concentration or denominational requirements if needed.


Online Learning

While we honor the traditional methods of instruction and rich heritage of academia, we also embrace non-traditional methods such as online learning and hybrid classes. The maximum number of courses which may be taken in an online format is 1/2 of the degree. Students receiving advanced standing or transfer can take no more than 1/2 of remaining credits toward the degree in an online format. Students seeking ordination should check with the appropriate church authorities to see if there are more specific guidelines that must be met.

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Areas of Concentration

While a field concentration is not required, you may, in consultation with an advisor in the field, declare a concentration to further tailor your degree to your ministry context. Current concentrations are available in:


Dual Degree Options

Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work

Garrett-Evangelical and Loyola University Chicago's School of Social Work have a cooperative agreement for a dual degree program leading to the Master of Social Work (MSW) at Loyola and the MDiv at Garrett-Evangelical in four years of full-time study. Students must be admitted to both schools. Interested students should apply to Garrett-Evangelical first and then apply to Loyola during the fall of their first year of MDiv studies. Students begin taking courses at Loyola no sooner than the spring of the first year of studies. Selected courses may be applied to the respective degrees at each school.

Master of Divinity and Master of Arts

Students can enhance their MDiv by specializing with a Master of Arts degree. The MDiv/MA allows students to become specialists in one of the following four areas:

  • Christian Education (with an option in Youth Ministry)
  • Music Ministry (with an option in Organ)
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Spiritual Formation and Evangelism

To learn more about the MA degrees, click here.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Proficiency in the English language

Admission Process

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to determine, in its sole judgment, whether an applicant is a suitable candidate for a specific degree program or for the vocation that the program represents. International student applications are due by March 1st.