Welcome to Pittsburgh Seminary

Prepare for Ministry in the Way of Jesus

Students at Pittsburgh Seminary prepare for ministry in the way of Jesus. Together we welcome neighbors. We share meals, differences, and experiences. We expand our minds. And we are challenged and enriched as we explore the broad range of beliefs we bring to the table. 

PTS invests in students by providing a reimagined curriculum, faculty mentors, contextualized learning in programs dedicated to urban ministry, church planting, and world mission, along with generous financial aid. Learn with students from a variety of denominations, and answer your call.  

Join the Seminary Thurs., March 30, 2023, 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET for an online information session to learn more about the PTS hybrid program launching this fall. During the 60-minute Zoom session, you'll learn more about our degree and certificate programs, the Seminary's hybrid learning modality, and financial aid available to students. Registration is required.

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Why Pittsburgh Theological Seminary?

  • Through our hybrid degree and certificate programs, PTS ensures our student community learns, grows, and flourishes on a path to practical ministry. Our students prepare to engage in God's work with parishes, nonprofits, and institutions specific to their call, including ordination and personal growth. 
  • The 6:1 student-to-faculty ratio encourages interaction and facilitates mentoring relationships in our community of scholars who serve the church.
  • An education at Pittsburgh Seminary is affordable. PTS invests in our students. 82 percent of the 2021-2022 master's graduating class did not borrow loans at all while attending PTS. 
  • In our student body, we draw on the best of our tradition and learn from others as the Spirit shapes and reshapes our common life and work. 
  • Pittsburgh is home to 90 unique cultural neighborhoods. Within a short drive from campus, students can serve in urban, suburban, and rural ministry contexts.
Prepare for Ministry at Pittsburgh Seminary
PTS prepares people for ministries familiar and yet to unfold and communities present and yet to be gathered.

Who Studies at Pittsburgh Seminary?

Our students are often working full time, raising families, and serving churches. Some are in non-church-related careers intending to pursue a church vocation, and others are serving congregations as pastors and educators and have not yet earned a seminary degree. Still others are active church members interested in serious theological study but do not intend to pursue ordained or licensed ministry. Not all students expect to earn a degree. Taking classes for personal enrichment is a wonderful option!

Day and evening, online and in-person classes, all provide the space, time, and flexibility for students to continue managing life’s responsibilities while also earning their seminary degree. And becasue the Seminary offers hybrid master's and certificate programs, students can take in-person and online courses.

Classes start in the fall and spring semesters, plus summer and January terms. Financial aid (need- and merit-based) is available for full-and part-time students.

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