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Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity degree at Garrett-Evangelical can be tailored to each individual's calling. The MDiv degree fulfills the academic qualifications for ordination as elder or deacon in The United Methodist Church and in most other denominations. In addition, the program prepares students with high academic achievement for doctoral studies in religion.



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. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to give evidence of such competence (demonstrated by a TOEFL score).
 A completed application consists of:
  • Application Form
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Official copies of transcripts from all institutions attended
  • $75 application fee
  • Additional financial and church documents are required of international students in order to satisfy internal and federal requirements.

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.

Degree Grid

NOTE:  To print a copy of the degree grid, please click here:   Master of Divinty Degree Grid 
MASTER OF DIVINITY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS (87 total semester hours required)  
Area I:  The Christian Tradition in Scripture and History  
     Biblical Interpretation 14 Hrs
     Church History 9 Hrs
Area II:  Theology and Ethics
     Theology & Ethics 15 Hrs
Area III:  Theory and Practice of Ministry
     Theory & Practice of Ministry 15 Hrs
Integrative Courses
     1st Year  Vocational Formation & Church Leadership (VFCL) 4 Hrs
     2nd Year VFCL and Field Education 4 Hrs
     3rd Year  VFCL and Field Education 5 Hrs

Elective Courses                                                                                                               21 Hrs

                                                                                                                                    Total  87 Hrs

Denominational Requirements
Students should plan to meet denominational requirements as part of their electives.

Spiritual Formation
Spiritual formation is intrinsic to the degree. While it is part of coursework, students are also expected to devote time outside of class to significant formative experiences such as corporate worship, community meals, service, and spiritual direction. Students are introduced to designated spiritual practices (the historic "rule of life") within the Vocational Formation and Church Leadership (VFCL) course. Vocational Formation and Church Leadership and field education continue the covenantal community. The student's "rule of life" is reviewed regularly with faculty advisors.

Cross-Cultural Education

Students live in a world of differences, cross-cultural in terms of ethnicity, language, socio-economic status, religion, ideology, gender, and nationality. Cross-cultural dimensions are intrinsically part of the whole curriculum at Garrett-Evangelical. Students complete a cross-cultural requirement both to gain a deepened awareness of the cultural and religious world of ministry and a heightened awareness of their own cultural context and personal identity. Students may meet this requirement through a variety of means (e.g., course work, travel courses, field education, independent studies, and/or exchange programs.)

Continuing Evaluations
In consultation with advisors, students develop, update, and review a portfolio that cumulatively expresses student development through the curriculum. It includes a variety of materials (e.g., written course materials, external evaluations, field education reports, interviews, examinations) appropriate to expected degree learning outcomes.

Dual Degrees


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.  To learn more about requirements for the MDiv/MSW degree, click here.


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.


As part of their Master of Divinity degree, students can fulfill a concentration in one of the following fields:

  • African American Church Leadership
  • Christian Education
  • Church History
  • Church Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Peace Studies (in partnership with Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary)
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Theology
  • Urban Ministry 
  • Worship

To learn more about the requirements for these concentrations, click here.

Leadership Coaching

GPSS (God, Person, Self, System) Leadership Coaching is a partnership between Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and the Samaritan Training and Resource Center that provides Garrett-Evangelical alumni/ea with personal Leadership Coaching. The coaching will be provided by experienced clergy or counselors who have been trained to apply action driven, results oriented and solution focused support as you address the specific, present-moment challenges of your new appointment or employment.

GPSS Leadership Coaches guide individuals and groups to maximize their impact through exploring and expanding vision, unlocking potential and reaching desired goals with increased confidence, competency and commitment.

Field Education

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.

By combining hands-on experience with our academic course series, Vocational Formation & Church Leadership (VFCL), we offer students the finest opportunity to discern, test and refine their call to ministry.

Field Education is an academic requirement beginning in the fall of your 2nd year and is concurrent with the second year of VFCL.  Master of Divinity students take two years of field education, serving at the field site 15 hours per week. You may remain at the same site for both years or chose a different field experience for the second year. 

Our program offers:

  • Field Site Discernment – We guide each student to a field site where your call, gifts and vocational goals will be supported, challenged, refined and affirmed.
  • A Variety of Sites – Options include churches in urban, suburban and rural settings in the immediate area and surrounding states; chaplaincies in both health related and collegiate settings; a variety of social service and outreach agencies.
  • Mentoring – Students meet weekly with the field site supervisor for theological reflection and support. (The VFCL course is structured to provide additional mentoring from ministry professionals and peers.)
  • Compensation – Students receive a stipend for their work in field education.


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The United Methodist Church, welcomes
students from a wide range of faith traditions.