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. 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.
  • Eighteen 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 26 states and three countries including Korea, Scotland, and Egypt.
  • While seminarians, about 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 76 percent
  • African-American 16
  • Asian 1
  • Hispanic 1
  • Other 4

Composition by Denomination

  • Presbyterian (U.S.A.) 50 percent
  • United Methodist 12
  • Baptist 10
  • Presbyterian (Other) 4
  • Nondenominational 4
  • Orthodox 2
  • Lutheran 2
  • Other 16

Composition by Gender

  • Men 65 percent
  • Women 35

Composition by Age

  • Master’s Median Age 33
  • D.Min. Median Age 47

Composition by Hours

  • Full-Time 77 percent
  • Part-Time 23

Special Programs

Seminary Costs

  • Annual master’s tuition in 2015-2016 is $11,520.
  • Estimated total annual cost per year for a single student is $30,167 (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. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the median award was $10,480.
  • 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 Doctor of Ministry tuition in 2014-2015 is $4,296.
  • Estimated D.Min. total cost per year is $7,746 (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.