Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Analytical Essay

Be sure to include your full name in your essay. Please compose the documents in your own word processor, double-spaced with 12 point font. You may then either e-mail your essay to admissions@pts.edu or upload a document through the form submission tool available on the "Checking my application" tab of my.pts.edu.

Personal Statement

As part of your application you will need to submit a personal statement of approximately 300 words describing who you are and your gifts for ministry. Place particular emphasis on your vocational plans and reasons for applying to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Analytical Essay

You will also need to submit a 2-3 page analytical essay. This essay will be evaluated on how well it follows these guidelines, how well it addresses the topic, grammar and structure, and capacity for theological reading and writing. It will also serve as an indication of your own writing style and strengths.
Topic: Identify one author or text that has been influential in your understanding of your calling. Identify passages and theological or religious themes that have been particularly formative, and explain how they have influenced your own sense of call.