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

Masters Applicants and Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry Applicants

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.

Church Planting and Revitalization Applicants Only

In place of the above personal statement, your application must include a personal statement (of approximately 300 words) that describes your current ministry context and your sense of call to church planting and/or revitalization. Be sure to describe both the setting in which you serve (or will serve) and what you hope to learn during the certificate program. 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.

Please note: Proper citation (i.e. footnotes or endnotes) is indispensable for this exercise.