Garrett-Evangelical and Northwestern University have a relationship that is almost a century and a half old. Over the decades, the institutions have shared numerous resources, including courses, buildings, faculties, libraries, parking, and technology. Today, the Garrett-Evangelical learning community is deeply enhanced through its relationship with Northwestern through:
- Library resources and access (both physical and virtual)
- E-mail and other forms of information technology
- Ph.D. coursework and dissertation advising
- Access to recreational facilities
- International student assistance
- Many cultural events and special lectures and programs
Association of Chicago Theological Schools
The Chicago area boasts the greatest concentration of seminaries per capita of anywhere in the U.S. The Chicago area schools are organized into a cluster called The Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS). As a member of ACTS, Garrett-Evangelical students are able to cross-register at other ACTS seminaries.
Together, the schools within ACTS offer a rich network of resources for theological education, making the association one of the outstanding centers of theological education in the world. Available to the approximately 3,200 students currently enrolled at its member schools are about 260 faculty, some 700 courses offered annually, and library collections of 2.1 million volumes and nearly 5,500 currently received periodical subscriptions. Several schools have well-stocked theological bookstores. More than half the schools offer online courses. ACTS makes it possible for students and faculty to pursue their work, study, and reflection with people from many different cultural and theological traditions.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Garrett-Evangelical and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) have partnered to provide students at AMBS seeking ordination in the United Methodist Church the opportunity to earn a certificate in United Methodist Studies from Garrett-Evangelical. In return, AMBS will provide a set of courses for a concentration and/or certificate in Peace Studies for Garrett-Evangelical students. The curriculum of AMBS places a high focus on peacemaking, creation care, and anti-racism. Students will engage in a deeper understanding of, and commitment to, the biblical vision of peace and justice and its embodiment in the world.
Some of these courses will be made available online, some by intensive courses in January and the summer, and some during regular semester terms on the campuses in Evanston or Elkhart, IN. Another component of the partnership is that each school will also provide staff to advise students in fulfilling the expectations for these certificates.
Center for Religion and Psychotherapy
The Center for Religion and Psychotherapy (CRPC) is a not-for-profit organization in Chicago offering psychotherapy and pastoral counseling for adults and adolescents, individuals and couples, since 1965. It is fully accredited as a clinical and educational site by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Staff members are licensed by the state of Illinois, and have been trained both in psychodynamic psychotherapy and in the engagement of the spiritual and religious dynamics of human experience. CRPC provides the clinical training and much of the academic work required for Garrett-Evangelical students on the Clinical Track in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling or the Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Theology, Personality, & Culture programs to sit for the State of Illinois’ licensure exam for clinical professional counselors (LCPC).
Ecumenical Theological Seminary
Garrett-Evangelical cooperates with the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit in a program that enables students to take up to half of their work toward a Master's degree in Detroit. Students must take their first course on the Garrett-Evangelical campus. For more information contact the admissions or registrar's office.
Loyola University of Chicago
Garrett-Evangelical and the School of Social Work of Loyola University of Chicago have a cooperative agreement for a dual degree program that enables a student to fulfill the requiements of the MDiv degree at Garrett-Evangelical and the MSW degree at Loyola University in four years of full-time study. Selected courses may be applied to the respective degrees at each school. Students must be admitted to both schools.
Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education
Garrett-Evangelical has a collaboration with the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE), which thinks prophetically and imaginatively about the direction of our global civilization as evidenced in our cities. SCUPE offers experiential learning that allows the city to touch the heart and the heart to reach out to the city. Its academic courses prepare individuals with information and skills to become effective agents of transformation in our urban world. As a part of our partnership with SCUPE, Garrett-Evangelical offers an Urban Ministry Concentration. Seminary students take five courses through SCUPE, learning at sites throughout the city.