Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

International Students

Applications must be submitted by Dec. 1 prior to the intended year of enrollment.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary recognizes the global nature of the Christian church and seeks to play a role in educating leaders for churches around the world. To that end, the Seminary encourages application by students whose citizenship is held outside the United States, who have completed their primary theological degree in their own country, and who seek further theological education for the purpose of service to the church in their homeland.


Pittsburgh Theological Seminary welcomes applications for one year of study as full-time, non-degree students with academic credit for the purpose of attaining a specific educational and professional objective. A bachelor’s degree is required. In this program, students may take any courses they wish without having to satisfy specific degree requirements. Upon completion of required course work, a grade will be issued and recorded on the student's official transcript. 

A special track leading to the Master of Arts degree is available for international students who have completed their first theological degree (B.Th. or B.D.). This degree normally requires two years of class work, but credit for up to one full year of class work may be granted to qualified candidates. The degree is granted on the successful completion of course work and a comprehensive examination. For degree completion, students must have six hours of Bible, six hours of history, six hours of theology, three hours of ethics, and one seminar in international studies.

Students who have completed a Master of Divinity degree (or its equivalent) and seek a higher degree for purposes of special service to the church in their home country, may apply for admission to the Master of  Theology program (Th.M.). The Th.M. program requires one year of on-campus work at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a thesis of 80 pages that should be completed within this year of study.


Applications must be submitted by Dec. 1 prior to the intended year of enrollment. 

  1.  A formal application.
  2. Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate degrees earned from internationally accredited colleges of universities.
  3. TOEFL scores of at least 570 paper or 90 IBT (PTS Institutional Code is 2667). The TOEFL scores cannot be older than two years from the date the exam was taken and at the time of application.
  4. A completed Financial Aid Application.
  5. A personal statement (300 words) describing the applicant's prior study, the applicant's hopes for the degree program of interest, and the applicant's reasons for wanting to pursue this program at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
  6. Three Reference Forms (family members are not allowed).
  7. A Church Endorsement, from your pastor or supervisor.
  8. An academic paper in English of 10-15 pages that demonstrates your ability in scholarship.

Please Note: Individuals interested in applying for the Th.M. degree must consult the Th.M. Handbook  for specific application requirements to that program.

Student Visas

Form I-20, which is needed to apply for the F-1 student visa, will be issued only when the Admissions Office has been provided with the required documentation of financial resources to support the student for the duration of the visa. Those entering the country on F-1 student visas, their spouses and dependents are not eligible for work permits in the United States. The F-1 student visa limits employment opportunities to jobs on the Seminary campus (for the student only). Financial aid is available to all international students who qualify.

Health Insurance Coverage

Health insurance coverage is required for all international students. International students are members of the International Student Association, which provides peer support and special social activities. Other opportunities are made known to students as they become available.

All correspondence concerning admission to the Seminary should be submitted to admissions@pts.edu.

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All Seminary degree programs are described in the catalog and are open for application by students who qualify.