Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Seminary Facts

  • Pittsburgh Theological Seminary was founded in 1794.
  • It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
  • The Rev. Dr. William J. Carl III is the Seminary’s fifth president and professor of homiletics. Before coming to PTS he served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, for 22 years.
  • The Seminary is located on a beautiful 13-acre campus in the East Liberty/ Highland Park section of the city of Pittsburgh.
  • The Barbour Library is the largest theological library in the three state region, offering more than 300,000 volumes for research and exploration.
  • Twenty-four full-time faculty members provide a low student/faculty ratio.
  • During their Middler year, students in the M.Div. program participate in Field Education in a variety of settings including churches (urban, suburban, and rural), hospitals, and other nonprofits and special agencies.
  • Resident students live in one of the four apartment buildings or the residence hall. Apartments range in size from efficiency to four bedroom.

Degree Programs

Student Population

  • Our students originate from 29 states and five countries including Korea, Scotland, Egypt, Canada, and Malaysia. 
  • Students who graduate from Pittsburgh Seminary pursue a wide variety of creative ministries in church, parachurch, and professional settings.

Composition by Racial Ethnic Background

  • Caucasian 77 percent
  • African-American 14
  • Asian 2
  • Hispanic 2
  • Other 5

Composition by Denomination

  • Presbyterian (USA) 52 percent
  • United Methodist 11
  • Baptist 11
  • Presbyterian (Other) 6
  • Orthodox 5
  • Nondenominational 3
  • Lutheran 2
  • Other 10

Composition by Gender

  • Men 63 percent
  • Women 37 

Composition by Age

  • Master’s Median Age 33
  • D.Min. Median Age 49 

Composition by Hours

  • Full-Time 81 percent 
  • Part-Time 19 

Special Programs

Seminary Costs

  • Annual master’s tuition in 2013-2014 is $11,520.
  • Estimated total annual cost per year for a single student is $29,753 (including health insurance, food, books, rent, tuition, and other expenses).
  • The Seminary awards more than $1.2 million in annual merit scholarships, need-based tuition grants, and work-support to full-time master’s students.
  • In 2013-2014, 84 percent of the Seminary’s full-time, master’s degree-seeking students receive Seminary funding. Each student receiving need-based aid must maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA.
  • Additional merit scholarships are awarded to students who show exceptional academic potential and accomplishment. Students who receive a merit scholarship must maintain a 3.5 GPA.
  • Students who qualify for aid can also participate in the work assistance program and receive $8.25 per hour for up to 10 hours of on-campus work per week.
  • Residence hall and apartment living areas are available at the Seminary at rental rates below market value for the area. PTS underwrites the cost of providing food services.
  • Students supplement the Seminary-provided funds with income from field work, gifts from home congregations and presbyteries, support from parents and others, and student loans.
  • Annual D.Min. tuition in 2013-2014 is $3,960.
  • Estimated total cost per year is $7,020 (including books, fees, food, housing, and travel).
  • Full-time Doctor of Ministry students can also qualify for need-based aid.
  • Learn more about Financial Aid at PTS.