Pittsburgh Theological Seminary was founded in 1794.
It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The Rev. Dr. David Esterline is the Seminary’s sixth president and professor of cross-cultural theological education. 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. Additionally, the Library houses the desk at which Karl Barth wrote his theological works and an autographed copy of his Kirchliche Dogmatic I/1. Nineteen 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
Master of Divinity Master of Divinity with joint degrees in
law, social work, and public policy Master of Divinity with emphasis in
church planting Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, or Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry with concentration in
Master of Arts
Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry
Master of Arts in Theological Studies
Master of Theology
Doctor of Ministry with seven focus areas: Urban Change, Missional Leadership, Parish, Reformed, Eastern Christian, Science and Theology, and Reformed Christian Spirituality Student Population
Our current students come from 20 US states and international locations.
While seminarians, more than 60 percent of master's students participate in a cross-cultural trip through the the Seminary's World Mission Initiative.
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 66 percent
Non-resident Alien 5
Two or more races 1
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Island 1
Composition by Denomination
Presbyterian (U.S.A.) 39 percent
United Methodist 16
Presbyterian (Other) 9
Composition by Gender
Composition by Age
Master’s Median Age 35
D.Min. Median Age 50
Composition by Hours
Full-Time 77 percent
New for 2016-2017: part-time students may be eligible for merit scholarships and need-based grants.
Annual full-time master’s tuition in 2016-2017 is $11,736 or $326/credit.
Estimated total annual cost per year for a single student is $30,595 (including health insurance, food, books, rent, tuition, and other expenses).
The Seminary awards financial aid in the forms of merit scholarships, need-based tuition grants, housing grants, and work-support to full-time master’s students.
Students who qualify for aid can also participate in the work assistance program and receive $9 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 Doctor of Ministry tuition in 2016-2017 is $4,296 or $358/credit.
Estimated D.Min. total cost per year is $7,546 (including books, fees, food, housing, and travel).
Full-time D.Min. students can also qualify for need-based aid.
Learn more about Financial Aid at PTS.