Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Admissions Essays

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. Please note that a resumé, nor a resumé narrative meets this requirement.

Analytical Essay

You will also need to submit an analytical essay of 750-1000 words. 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.
Topic: Identify one author or text that has been influential in your understanding of your calling/vocation. Identify passages and theological or religious themes that have been particularly formative, and explain how they have influenced your own sense of call.