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About Us

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has been at the forefront of Christian theological education for more than 160 years. The seminary offers rigorous, intellectually challenging academics paired with a commitment to intentional spiritual formation that trains the mind, body, and spirit. Through diverse curriculum taught by our distinguished faculty and prominent practitioners, you will be stretched theologically and exposed to new models of ministry.

As a result of the merger of three institutions over the course of its 161-year history, Garrett-Evangelical brings together the best of progressive and evangelical values: critical and creative reasoning, evangelical commitment, and prophetic participation in society. Really, you could say it’s in our institutional DNA.

Garrett-Evangelical’s numerous connections and partnerships provide students with an abundance of resources and opportunities. Located in the geographic center and heart of Northwestern University, students can take classes at Northwestern, utilize its library resources, and more. The Association of Chicago Theological Schools, as well as joint programs and certificates with other outstanding institutions, are also available to help tailor your degree to your calling.

Mission Statement

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is a graduate theological school that prepares skilled, bold and articulate leaders who share the transforming love of Jesus Christ. Related to the United Methodist Church, with an ecumenical and international reach, we prepare leaders who are equipped to live and proclaim the Gospel and to teach in diverse congregations and educational settings. Our teaching and learning settings will be places of hospitality where we pursue respect and reconciliation in all encounters.

Educational Effectiveness

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is a graduate school of theology that prepares skilled, bold and articulate leaders who share the transforming love of Jesus Christ.  Related to The United Methodist Church, with an ecumenical and international reach, we prepare leaders who are equipped to live and proclaim the Gospel and to teach in diverse congregations and educational settings.  To this end, measuring the educational effectiveness of our programs is Garrett-Evangelical’s ongoing commitment.

Evaluating educational effectiveness is an iterative and ongoing process carried out by our Office of Institutional Assessment.  We continually seek to improve our pedagogy and the educational quality of programs for our students.  The assessment work of the seminary ranges from interviews with alumni/ae to the gathering of data for metrics that are reviewed several times a year.  On an annual basis we carefully review the data made available to us from the Association of Theological Schools through the Graduate Student Questionnaire and utilize that information as one of many bases for our continuous improvement of curricula and student services.  We also look to our significant markers for student learning for keys to improving our degree program pedagogy.  For example, each degree program requires a mid-program evaluation that guides students toward successful completion of the program.  Every three years the seminary reviews the mid-program evaluations themselves in order to evaluate how well the degree program is meeting student needs for learning.  These, as well as other, evaluation tools are employed on a set and continuous schedule in order to identify educational effectiveness issues as they arise.  A key component of this schedule is the tracking of graduation rates and the average length of time for the completion of a degree. 


Basic information by the various degrees offered and completion rates are as follows:

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

This professional degree for pastoral vocation provides the academic qualification for ordination as elder or deacon by The United Methodist Church and other denominations.  The MDiv offers students the opportunity to choose from ten different concentrations, such as urban ministry, youth ministry, social justice, and African-American Church Leadership.  In addition, the program prepares students with high academic achievement for doctoral studies in religion.  The current completion rate for the MDiv degree is 73% with an average completion time of 3.7 years.

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Master of Arts degrees equip students in the following areas of specialized ministry:
Christian Education, Music Ministry, Pastoral Care and Counseling, and Spiritual Formation and Evangelism.  These programs prepare students for leadership in congregations and agencies in specialized ministries.  They also meet educational requirements for those seeking ordination as deacons in The United Methodist Church and for elders preparing for specialized ministries.  The current completion rate for the MA degree is 75% with an average completion time of 3.4 years.

Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

This two-year degree program allows for specialization in a chosen area of research and provides preparation for doctoral study in religion.  It can be combined with a professional degree.  Areas of specialization include:  Old Testament, New Testament, History of Christianity, Theology and Ethics, Liturgy, and Religion and Personality.  The current completion rate for the MTS degree is 84% with an average completion time of 2.9 years.

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

The DMin is an advanced degree in Christian ministry that prepares students for spiritual leadership in the church and enhances their competence as practical theologians.  The DMin reflects the seminary’s commitment to meeting the needs of leadership in the church and the serious theological reflection that is foundational to this task.  Tracks include: Congregational Leadership, African-American Congregational Leadership, Spiritual Direction, and Mission in the Contemporary United States.  The current completion rate for the DMin degree is 57% with an average completion time of 5.6 years.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

This program prepares persons for teaching and research in theological seminaries, departments of religion in colleges and universities and church leadership.  PhD students may specialize in one of five program areas:  Biblical Studies; Christian Education and Congregational Studies; Liturgical Studies; Pastoral Theology, Personality, and Culture; and Theology, Ethics and History.  The current completion rate for the PhD degree is 72% with an average completion time of 6.3 years.

Accreditation

Garrett-Evangelical is accredited by two associations of schools, each with rigorous standards that challenge the seminary to assess its work in light of its mission and of common standards for excellent schools. We are accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The following degree programs are approved by the Association of Theological Schools: M.Div., M.A. in Christian Education, M.A. in Pastoral Care and Counseling, M.A. in Music Ministry, M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Evangelism, M.T.S., D.Min., and Ph.D.

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
412-788-6505
Fax: 412-788-6510
www.ats.edu

Regionally, it is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

Higher Learning Commission
30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
(800) 621-7440

 

 

In addition, the Seminary is on the approved seminary list and is regularly evaluated by the Commission on Theological Education of the University Senate of The United Methodist Church.

 

Strategic Plan

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is unique among theological schools. We build on a remarkable legacy of preparing men and women for leadership that stretches back more than a century-and-a-half to 1854. Graduates have provided leadership as pastors, scholars, chaplains and counselors, serving around the world and in diverse denominational settings. Our purpose, to know God in Christ and, through preparing spiritual leaders, to help others know God in Christ, is central to our work. Our mission continues: to prepare highly regarded and bold Christian leaders for the church, academy and world. We understand ourselves to be a school that is of and for the church in sharing the transforming love of Christ in the world. Follow the link below to read the entire Strategic Plan of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Full Strategic Plan