Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

“To prepare skilled, bold and articulate leaders who share the transforming love of Jesus Christ.”
Description of PhD Program
The Doctor of Philosophy program prepares persons for church leadership, teaching, and research in theological seminaries and departments of religion in colleges and universities. While the program is centered at Garrett-Evangelical, it draws on faculty resources at Northwestern; the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS), which includes four seminaries with PhD programs; and other approved universities. Students may specialize in one of six concentrations: Biblical Studies; Christian Education; Liturgical Studies; Pastoral Theology, Personality, and Culture; Theological and Ethical Studies, History of Christianity and Historical Studies.
Tuition & Housing Costs

Doctor of Philosophy Classes

Each Credit Hour         $1,425

Three-Hour Course     $4,275

Doctor of Philosophy

All students accepted into the Doctor of Philosophy program at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will receive a 100% tuition scholarship.

Technology Fee

Full-time Student         $280

Part-time Student        $140

Student Fee

Full-time Student         $120

Part-time Student        $60

Application & Matriculation Fees

Application Fee           $75

Initial NU netID Connection Fee         $55

Matriculation Fee (Not for Auditors)  $80

On Campus Housing

Based on 9 months in residence; students may also apply for housing for the summer

Garrett Residence Hall           $4,200 – $6,100 (estimated)

Garrett-Owned Apartments   $8,100 – $10,800 (estimated)On Campus Housing

Financial Aid-Fellowships

A series of fellowships are available to students in the Doctor of Philosophy program at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Doctoral Fellowships are awarded on the basis of prior academic performance and future academic promise, according to the funds available at the time. Hartmann Fellowships are available to graduates of a Garrett-Evangelical master’s degree who enroll in the PhD program in the year immediately subsequent to receiving the degree. This fellowship may be renewed or converted to a Doctoral Fellowship.

Tuition Assistance
Fellowship: average 70% of tuition

Research assistantships: $750/semester

Teaching assistantships: $2,000/class

Hispanic/Latina/o Faculty
Nancy Bedford
Georgia Harkness Professor of Applied Theology
Expertise in Global feminist theories and theologies, Latin American theologies, Latino/Latina theologies in North America, theologies in migration, intersectionality and the problems of whiteness, liberating readings of Scripture, hermeneutics, and the re-articulation of classical doctrinal loci from the perspective of critical, artistic and poetic reason.
Débora Junker
Assistant Professor of Christian Education and Director of the Hispanic-Latinx Center
Expertise in Paulo Freire and Critical Education, Intercultural Studies, Vygotsky and Cultural-Historical Theory, Feminist Studies, Post-Colonial Studies, Liberation/Latin Theology.
Dr. Luis Rivera
Associate Professor of Theology
Rivera holds degrees from the University of Puerto Rico (B.A.), the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico (M.Div.), and Harvard University, the Divinity School (Th.M., Th.D.). His research and teaching focuses on the theological and hermeneutical challenges posed by the experiences of global migrations and the formation of diaspora communities and congregations amidst multicultural societies in a globalized world.
Osvaldo Vena
Professor of New Testament
Expertise in the Gospels, the late writings of the New Testament (1 and 2 Peter, Pastoral Epistles) and apocalyptic literature.
Hispanic Centers and Programs

The Hispanic-Latin-x Center is committed to bringing together a community of friends who have a heart and concern about the realities of Latin-x communities across the U.S., Latin America, and beyond. Thus, it seeks to provide resources and scholarly discussions on pertinent themes that address both systematic and theological perspectives while cultivating a deeper, fuller, and a better understanding of the complex issues regarding Latinx experiences. Currently, we host the following activities:

Cátedra Paulo Freire – The first Cátedra in the United States dedicated to linking Freire’s theoretical approach to theology and religious studies seeking to contribute to the enrichment of dialogue among students, faculty, religious leaders, and community members. The Cátedra was inaugurated on April 8, 2016, by Dr. Ana Maria Araújo Freire, widow of Paulo Freire.

Courageous Conversation – Brown Bag Lunch Series – Lunchtime roundtable discussions seek to increase awareness and sensitivity to cultural dynamics and pertinent issues as they relate to Latin-x people in the USA and beyond.

Spanish and Portuguese Language Conversations (fall and spring). Discussion groups in Spanish and Portuguese for Students, Faculty, and Staff.

Library Resources-Special Collections
The Styberg Library provides access to many resources on the Latinx experience and the Latin American Church. In addition to physical books and journals available within the library or through interlibrary loan, the library provides access to a number of online databases including Clase and Periodica (Index of Latin American journals in the sciences and humanities), Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America, HAPI Online: Hispanic American Periodicals Index, Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980), HLAS: Handbook of Latin American Studies, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican cultures. The library staff is available to assist library users in the use of these resources for their academic needs.
HTI Scholars

Noé Danilo Godoy G.

Jesús Rodríguez
Professor of Pastoral Theology, Personality and Culture
Universidad Interamericana, Recinto Metropolitano, Puerto Rico 

Elyssa Salinas   

Manuel Villalobos
Adjunct Professor
Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education

Contact Information

The HTI person to contact for information on PhD studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is:

Name:     Rev. Becky Eberhart
Title:        Vice President of Student Services
Phone:    847-866-3938