Pittsburgh Theological Seminary matriculated 81 new students Sept. 8 during its annual Convocation service. Of these students, 64 will pursue the Master of Divinity degree (including five dual degree), 11 the Master of Arts, four the Master of Sacred Theology, and two are Special (non-degree) students working in particular areas of study.

In the overall class, 79 percent of the incomers will attend classes full-time, with the majority enrolled in the day program. The break down of male and female students is 64 and 36 percent respectively. As has been the case in recent years, more students are Presbyterian than any other denomination, with United Methodist following as the second most common denomination. Collectively, 13 denominations are represented in this incoming class. This year’s international student is from Egypt. Among the 14 home states represented this year, there is one student from Alaska. Additionally, 19 percent represent racial ethnic minorities.

While students have earned their undergraduate degrees from Presbyterian colleges, Pittsburgh universities, and other Pennsylvania schools, the majority have received degrees from out of state colleges and universities. Eighteen have higher degrees beyond their bachelor’s.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.