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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 are 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.

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:

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 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 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.

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.

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.

To learn more about our faculty, go here.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Divinity is an 87-credit hour program that can be tailored to serve each individual's calling.

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 1/3 of the degree. Students receiving advanced standing or transfer can take no more than 1/3 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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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.