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United Methodist Resources and Programs

Garrett-Evangelical is the the oldest United Methodist seminary in the Midwest and the second oldest United Methodist seminary in the United States. United Methodist students represent 64% of our student body.

United Methodist Studies Online Courses

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United Methodist Studies Online Courses

United Methodist Certifications

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United Methodist Certifications

UM Course of Study Schools

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UM Course of Study Schools

All Degrees and Programs

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All Degrees and Programs

Deacon Studies

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Deacon Studies

Deacon Fellows Program

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Deacon Fellows Program

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is a seminary related to The United Methodist Church, with an ecumenical and international reach. Our student body represents 33 denominations - with 64% being United Methodist - from 38 states and 18 countries, and our 4,500 living alumni serve church and society in every state and in 47 nations. As the oldest United Methodist seminary in the Midwest and the second oldest United Methodist seminary in the United States, Garrett-Evangelical has a long history of preparing future and current United Methodist elders, deacons, and lay persons for a lifetime of proclaiming the good news of the Gospel, fostering deep spirituality in the lives of others, serving with cultural competence and commitment to racial equity, and leading transformative change for the wellbeing of all persons and creation. Our United Methodist alumni serve in a wide variety of ministry settings from leading congregations to teaching in schools to serving as chaplains to leading nonprofit organizations and more. 

Which Program Is Right For Me?

Garrett-Evangelical works in cooperation with United Methodist district committees of ministry and conference boards of ordained ministry to assist students as they clarify their call to ministry, engage in spiritual formation, and develop the understandings, skills, and practices for faithful church leadership.

  • Students seeking ordination as elder in The United Methodist Church usually enroll in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program. Most students are full-time; however some of the program may be completed part-time.
  • Students seeking ordination as deacon working in specialized ministries may enroll in the MDiv program, one of the MA programs (Christian Education, Music Ministry, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Public Ministry, Spiritual Formation and Direction) or in the Basic Graduate Theological Studies (BGTS) program. Students may enroll in these programs full-time or, as in-ministry students, take intensive courses in January and summer terms.
  • Students seeking a United Methodist certification in children’s ministry, Christian education, evangelism, music ministry, spiritual formation, or youth ministry may complete educational requirements either in a degree program or in January and summer terms.
  • Garrett-Evangelical also participates with The United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in providing a Course of Study School for those seeking to serve in ministry as local pastors. The Basic Course of Study Program is provided in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Hmong. The Basic Course of Study program is administered by the Course of Study office at Garrett-Evangelical.
  • Courses for those interested in the Advanced Course of Study, leading to ordination as an elder, are also available in English and Spanish. The Advanced Course of Study requires the completion of at least 32 semester hours of graduate level course work after the completion of the 5-year Basic Course of Study. Advanced Course of Study students must be admitted to Garrett-Evangelical and take classes alongside other graduate level students.

Not sure which program is best for you? Our Admissions Office is here to help! You can contact our Admissions Office at 1.800.SEMINARY (outside of Chicago), 847.866.3998, or GetAdmitted@Garrett.edu.

Financial Aid Resources for United Methodist Students

The Office of Financial Aid is here to help you understand your options and answer any questions you have on affording your education. Our Financial Aid Director, Jason Gill, is available for phone or in-person consultations. You can reach him at 847.866.3987 or via email.

Garrett-Evangelical Resources for United Methodist Students

  • Deacon Fellows
    • These scholarships are for applicants who are seeking ordination as deacons in The United Methodist Church. Recipients have opportunities for fellowship, mentorship, and networking. They also have the opportunity to attend and help work with the bi-annual Deacon Dialogue.
  • Hispanic-Latinx Fellows
    • These scholarships are for applicants who will be ministering in bilingual settings and/or who have significant contributions to make to the global religious landscape. Priority is given to United Methodist bi-lingual and/or first and second generation Hispanic and Latinx students.
  • UMC Scholarships
    • For applicants who are United Methodist and who are in the candidacy process to be elders in The United Methodist Church. Recipients of these scholarships complete the Master of Divinity program.

All master degree students, going full- OR part-time, receive scholarships ranging from 25% to 100% of tuition plus stipend. For a full list of our scholarships, please visit our financial aid website. 

United Methodist Resources

United Methodist members may also be eligible for various grants, loans and/or conference funds. For example:

  • Dollars for Scholars
    • Available to all United Methodist degree students
  • United Methodist Student Scholarships, Fellowships, and Loans
  • Annual Conference Funds
    • Certified candidates should contact their individual conferences for information on funding available
  • Ministerial Education Fund
    • Certified candidates should contact their individual conferences for information on funding available
 
 

United Methodist Faculty Members

Our United Methodist faculty members are widely recognized for their expertise, scholarship, and leadership in the church and academy. They have served in local congregrations, worked with various agencies and organizations to provide research, liturgy, and other congregational resources, and they are all committed to providing the highest quality theological education to future Christian leaders for the global church and world. 

 

Meet All Of Our Faculty