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Institutional History

1853 -1962      Garrett Biblical Institute
1873 -1974      Evangelical Theological Seminary
(1873-1910    Union Biblical Institute)
1962 -1974      Garrett Theological Seminary
1974 -present  Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
(union of Garrett and Evangelical)

Accreditation

Garrett-Evangelical is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, the seminary is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church and is regularly evaluated by the Commission on Theological Education of the University Senate of The United Methodist Church.

(Evangelical Theological Seminary and Garrett Theological Seminary each had North Central Association and ATS accreditation prior to the union.)

Institutional Relationships

Garrett-Evangelical has shared a close relationship with Northwestern University since our founding. 

Garrett-Evangelical is a member school of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools and the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education.

Calendar System

1853-Summer 2002   Quarter system
Fall 2002-Present      Semester system (two 13-week semesters, plus 2-week intensives in January and summer)

Grading system

1853-1968

1968-1970

1970-1974

1974-1976

1977-1983


Numerical or

Letter Grade

1 st yr

2 nd /3 rd

P/F

A,B,C,F

Credit/No Credit

or Letter Grade


(No credit grade not recorded on transcript)

Credit/No Credit or Letter Grade

 

(No credit grade recorded on transcript)

A

B

C

4

3

2


Pass

(C or better)


D

F

1

0




 
Fall 1983-Present

Grade

Quality of Work

Grade Point

A

Excellent ; clearly beyond quality expected of graduate professional students

4.0

A-

3.7

B+

Good ; the quality of expected of graduate professional students

3.3

B

3.0

B-

2.7

C+

Satisfactory ; meeting minimum requirements

2.3

C

2.0

C-

1.7

D

Less than satisfactory; does not count towards graduation

1.0

F

Failure

0

 
  The following notations may also appear on a transcript and are not figured into the GPA:

AU

audit

not taken for academic credit; does not count towards graduation; may not be changed at a later date

IP

in process

courses taken over several semesters

CR

credit

learning goal achieved (A through C-)

P

pass

learning goal achieved (A through C-)

NC

no credit

no credit earned toward graduation

NG

no grade

grade not received from faculty

RD

repeated course

previous grade of D subsequently completed satisfactorily; no quality points w/petition

RF

repeated course

previous grade of F subsequently completed satisfactorily; no quality points w/petition

RW

rewrite

DMin rewrite required

S

satisfactory

no credits

W

withdrawn

drop after the drop/add deadline; beginning fall 2010

W/P

withdrawn passing

official drop while passing; discontinued fall 2010

W/F

withdrawn fail

official drop while failing; discontinued fall 2010

WIP

work in progress

courses currently in process but not yet graded

Y

official extension

approved extension petition on file

I

Incomplete

for use only when withdrawing from school w/in quarter; discontinued prior to 1992

K

Course in progress

1 unit spans 3 quarters; discontinued prior to 1992

 
DIS is the notation on the transcript when a student is dismissed for other than academic reasons.
DA       is the notation on the transcript when a student is dismissed for academic reasons.

GPA Calculation

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated using the total Quality Points divided by the hours taken for letter grade or failed (GPA hours). On the transcript a GPA is given for each term as well as a cumulative GPA (CUM GPA). GPA=TQP/GPA hours
 
Quality Points are the grade point for each course multiplied by the units/hours.

Unit of Credit

Prior to 1947

1947-1969

1969-2002

Fall 2002-present

Major = 4 quarter hours

Minor = 2 quarter hours

1 course = 4 quarter hours

Unit System:

1 unit = 4 quarter hours

½ unit = 2 quarter hours

Semester hours

Transfer Credit

Credit earned at other accredited institutions may be transferred towards degree completion upon appropriate evaluation. Only grades of B- or better are considered for transfer credit. Transfer credits do not affect the student GPA.

Course Numbering System

  • 300 and 400 level – courses taken at partner institutions(graduate level)
  • 500 and 600 level – master’s level courses
  • 700 level – Doctor of Ministry courses
  • 800 level – doctoral and advanced master’s courses
  • 900 level – Doctor of Philosophy courses

United Methodist History/Doctrine/Polity

Garrett-Evangelical offers a two course United Methodist Studies sequence (40-674 UM Studies: Wesley & the 19th Century and 40-673 UM Studies: 20th Century to Present) that meets this ordination requirement. Each of the courses deals with history, doctrine, and polity; both must be completed to satisfactorily fulfill the ordination requirement. For transfer purposes, 40-674 satisfies the requirement for doctrine and one-half history and 40-673 satisfies the requirement for polity and one-half history. (Prior to fall 2012, 1 unit of 40-674 was 5 quarter hours and 1 unit of 40-673 was 4 quarter hours).

Beginning fall 2013, distinct courses for UM History, Doctrine, and Polity are also offered online.