Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

How to Apply

Master's Degree

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Applications for Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, and Master of Sacred Theology degrees are considered by the Admissions and Standings Committee upon submission of the following materials:

  • Formal Application
  • Application Fee: $50 nonrefundable
  • Official Transcripts of all college and university work attempted
  • Personal Statement: minimum of 1,000 words. This narrative may describe yourself and your gifts for ministry, your educational and/or religious background, and should place particular emphasis upon your vocational plans and reasons for applying to PTS.
  • Personal Interview
  • Three References
  • Background Check, file online at www.certifiedbackground.com, or call 1-888-666-7788 for more information. The package code is pi66.
  • M.Div. applicants will also need to submit a Church Endorsement.
  • S.T.M. students will need to submit a Thesis Proposal of 3-5 pages and a writing sample of 10-15 pages that demonstrates the applicant's ability in scholarship and written English. The deadline to submit S.T.M. application materials is Friday, May 23, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.

After admission is granted, a student is required to submit an" Intent to Enroll Form" and a $50 fee within 30 days. This assures a place in the next entering class. This fee is nonrefundable but is credited to the student's account upon enrollment. The deadlines are listed below for specific terms:

  • To enroll for Term III of the 2013-2014 academic year, all application materials must be received by Friday, March 7, 2014.
  • To enroll for Term I of the 2014-2015 academic year, all application materials must be received by Monday, August 25, 2014.

Doctor of Ministry Degree

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Applications for the Doctor of Ministry degree are submitted to the director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. A Master of Divinity degree from an accredited seminary or divinity school is required for admission to the program. Applicants are also expected to have completed a minimum of three years in ministry following the receipt of the Master of Divinity. Read more about applying to the Doctor of Ministry Program.