Pittsburgh Seminary is well-known for its academic rigor and high standards for programs and courses.
Here you'll be challenged—and in all the best ways.
The Seminary is committed to theological and social diversity. In the classroom you'll sit with others who look, think, and believe different than you. And that's okay! It's great actually. Explore the list of degree and certificate programs below and find a program that's right for you. When you're ready, contact the Admissions Office and we'll assist you in exploring your call in God's world.
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Degree Program
The master of divinity (M.Div.) degree is a professional program that prepares men and women for ministry. The program is designed to integrate theological studies and the practice of ministry. When followed on a full time basis, students normally complete the program in three years. In supervised field education experiences students practice ministry through direct involvement in congregations and other settings. 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 several institutions in the Pittsburgh area, including Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, the University of Pittsburgh, and others, thereby expanding their educational opportunities at a great value.
- 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 (M.A.) Degree Program
This program is designed for those who wish to engage seriously in theological studies at the graduate level. Students normally complete this degree program in two years of full-time academic work and conclude with either an integrative essay or a thesis option. The M.A. allows students to focus on a particular area of emphasis that can be drawn from any core areas of study or the areas of special disciplines. Learn more about the M.A. degree.
Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (M.A.T.M.) Degree Program
The Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (M.A.T.M.) degree is a program designed for those who wish to develop a deeper theological and spiritual foundation and a broader cultural understanding for ministry in churches, nonprofit organizations, and other vocational settings. The course of study provides a comprehensive introduction to the traditional disciplines and a selection of concentrations in particular areas of practice while seeking at every point to integrate the two. Learn more about the M.A.T.M. degree.
Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) Degree Program
The Master of Arts in Theological Studies program is designed for students who intend to specialize in a particular theological discipline or pursue a specialized cross-disciplinary project in the area of theology/religion. This program will enhance the student's leadership role in both the Church and society and also provides a foundation for a Ph.D. Alongside those who are called to work pastorally, Christian leadership includes those with deep knowledge of Scripture and the Christian tradition who have the ability to communicate and apply what they know in an academic or Church environment as well as the public square. Learn more about the M.A.T.S. 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. The M.Div., M.A., and M.A.T.M. degrees can be obtained through the evening program. Learn more about the evening program.
Master of Theology (Th.M.) Degree Program
This program is designed to provide continued academic work beyond the master of divinity (M.Div.) degree. The Th.M. has a twofold purpose:
- To provide a fuller mastery of one area of theological study, and
- To increase research proficiency and the ability to formulate questions for intellectual exploration.
Doctor of Ministry Degree Program
For those with an M.Div. degree and at least three years of ministry experience, the Doctor of Ministry degree allows students to explore a question or challenge in their context. We offer a number of focus areas including Eastern Christian, Missional Leadership, Parish, Reformed, Reformed Christian Spirituality, Science and Theology, and Urban Change. The D.Min. degree is a professional doctoral degree providing space for renewal, growth, companionship among peers, and rich dialogue with faculty. Learn more about the D.Min. program.
Graduate Certificate in Church Planting and Revitalization
The Graduate Certificate in Church Planting and Revitalization forms pioneer leaders attentive to God and God’s world. Participants will learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and their communities, will practice leading teams in discerning God’s activity, and will engage regular rhythms of spiritual practice to renew their own souls and enable deeper discernment in their own life and calling. Accompanied by a cohort learning community and mentored by experienced missional leaders, students in the Graduate Certificate in Church Planting and Revitalization program learn from both academics and practitioners. Our hybrid online and intensive classes allow leaders to set apart time to grow in missional and intellectual formation while staying rooted in their context. Learn more about the graduate certificate in church planting and revitalization.
Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry
The Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry is a flexible year-long program allowing community members and seminarians to explore their Christian vocation in urban settings. This program allows students from all denominations to think about how to apply their faith to where they work, live, and play. This program is offered through the Seminary's Metro-Urban Institute and can be completed as a stand-alone certificate program or combined with the M.Div., M.A., or M.A.T.M. degree. Learn more about the graduate certificate in urban ministry.
Non-Degree Spiritual Formation Program
One of the most significant programs the Office of Continuing Education offers is the Spiritual Formation Certificate Program. Started nearly 25 years ago, this cooperative program offers lay persons and pastors the opportunity to enter more deeply into the life of the Spirit. Completion of this challenging program involves participation in an Immersion Experience, six elective courses, a practicum, and a pilgrimage. Learn more about the Spiritual Formation Certificate Program.