Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is ecumenically minded, with more than 30 denominations represented in the student body. The Seminary prepares men and women for ministry through day and evening classes. The Seminary’s degree programs are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Pittsburgh Seminary is well-known for its academic rigor and high standards for programs and courses.
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Degree Program
The master of divinity (M.Div.) degree is a professional program that prepares women and men for ministry and pastoral leadership. The master of divinity program integrates classical theological disciplines and the missional nature of ministry. The program can be completed in three years as a full-time student, or in six years as a part-time student. Throughout the program, historical and current contexts contribute to theological reflection. Field Education placements and a required cross-cultural experience invite students to practice and reflect on ministry through direct involvement in congregations and other settings. The master of divinity (M.Div.) program also provides venues and tools for vocational discernment and for formation in the Christian tradition. Learn more about the M.Div. degree.
M.Div. Joint Degree Programs
In addition to enrolling in the Seminary’s degree programs, students have the option to cross-register with institutions in the Pittsburgh area, including Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham University, and others, thereby expanding their educational opportunities at a great value. In addition, the Seminary offers the following joint degree programs:
- Master of Divinity / Master of Social Work (M.Div./M.S.W.) Joint Degree Program with the University of Pittsburgh
- Master of Divinity / Juris Doctor (M.Div./JD) Joint Degree Program with Duquesne University
- Master of Divinity / Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (M.Div./MSPPM) Joint Degree Program with Carnegie Mellon University
Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) Degree Program
The master of arts in pastoral studies (MAPS) is a graduate-level, two-year degree program that equips women and men for leadership in ministry in congregations, non-profits, and other settings. The program provides grounding in core disciplines and the ability for a student to select from a variety of ministerial electives to suit their interests and vocational needs. To complete the program, each student produces a final project related to their ministerial context and one year of field education. Students can also earn the Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry while completing the MAPS program. Learn more about the master of arts in pastoral studies program. Learn more about the MAPS degree.
Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MTS) Degree Program
With flexibility to tailor the course of study, the Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MTS) degree program provides a focused understanding of one or more theological disciplines for further graduate study or for general education purposes. At the end of the two-year program, each student completes a final project that explores more deeply a chosen area of concentration. Learn more about the master of theological studies (MTS) degree program. Learn more about the MTS degree.
The evening program at PTS provides the flexibility to allow you to start your seminary education while continuing your full-time job, family, church, and social activities. All master’s degrees can be obtained through the evening program. Learn more about the evening program. Learn more about the evening program.
- Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
- M.Div. Emphasis in Church Planting
- M.Div. / Master of Social Work Joint Degree
- M.Div. / Juris Doctor Joint Degree
- M.Div. / Master of Science in Public Policy and Management Joint Degree
- Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies
- Master of Arts in Theological Studies
- Masters with Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry