Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

About Us

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Western Pennsylvania, accessible to Indiana, Washington, AltoonaFounded in 1794, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate theological school of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), offering Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (M.A.T.M.), Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.), and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) programs as well as Spiritual and Christian Leadership certificates.

Rooted in the Reformed tradition, the Seminary is committed to the formation of women and men for theologically reflective ministry and to scholarship in service to the global Church of Jesus Christ. Our student body is comprised of Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Orthodox, and more than 20 other traditions.


On a dynamic and challenging global stage

       Pittsburgh Theological Seminary plays its part in

              God's redemption of the world through Jesus Christ

                     By preparing leaders who proclaim with great joy

                            God's message of good news in both word and deed!


The question is not what are we doing on this 13 acre campus, but what is God doing out there in the world and how can we be a part of it. With God as author and director, Christ as protagonist and the Holy Spirit as prompter, we participate in the great drama of salvation history by preparing

Pastor-theologians and joyful communicators of the Word who are 

  • Inspired by and enthusiastic about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which points to the One who is the center of our lives and the center of the Church;
  • Engaging preachers and teachers who interpret both sacred texts and contemporary contexts, and have the audacity to preach with joy amidst a broken and hurting world—theologians-in-residence who understand history and the constantly changing culture in which we live;
  • Perceptive spiritual directors who "equip the saints" for ministry by helping people discern their gifts through worship and education, and helping them see that true joy is no stranger to pain so that, moved by the Holy Spirit, they can say with confidence, "I care therefore I am";
  • Life-long learners who continue seeking wisdom and modeling the faith knowing that the front line of ministry is not the church building but wherever the people live, work, study and play "glorifying God and enjoying God forever";
  • Mission-minded advocates who delight in both evangelism and social justice ministries, which are neither conservative nor liberal because Jesus never labeled them that way since both represent the Gospel as in the Luke-Acts tradition;
  • Wise leaders who demonstrate with integrity how to build joyful communities by creating with God's help positive, happy and healthy cultures where people "speak the truth in love" and understand that real friendship in Christ means having the right to disagree knowing that mutual respect and affection are not at stake;
  • Responsible stewards who know how to raise and manage resources while encouraging people to be "cheerful givers."

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary—we are more than stately buildings and nice classrooms nestled in an urban setting of pathos and hope. "Surprised by joy," we are a transient community of scholars and learners who rejoice at the opportunity to share in God's redemptive work in the world. We prepare students of the Word who, called by God, committed to Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, bear witness to the joy of the Gospel. We join the Church through the ages in affirming Christ as Savior and Lord and, following his ancient commission that is new every morning, our graduates and program participants proclaim with great gladness God's grace-filled message of healing and shalom. To God be the glory!


Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The Seminary admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, and without regard to age, handicap, or gender.

The Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:

Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (M.A.T.M.), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), and Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.).

The following extension sites are approved as specified:

Scottsdale, Ariz.
Approved Degree: D.Min.

St. Petersburg, Fla.
Approved Degree: D.Min. 

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
412-788-6510 (fax)