At Pittsburgh Seminary 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.

Prepare for ministry through Pittsburgh Theological Seminary's reimagined degree and certificate programs.

Master's Degree Programs

Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Degree 

The master of divinity (M.Div.) degree is a professional program that prepares students for ordained ministry and general pastoral and religious leadership in congregations and other settings. Coursework offers deep integration between classical theological disciplines and the missional nature of ministry. The program provides venues and tools for vocational discernment and for formation in the Christian tradition. 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.

Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) Degree 

With flexibility to tailor the course of study, the master of theological studies (M.T.S.) 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, students complete a final project that explores more deeply a chosen area. 

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (M.A.P.S.) Degree 

The master of arts in pastoral studies (M.A.P.S.) is a graduate-level, two-year degree program that equips students 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. Students produce a final project related to their ministerial context and complete one year of field education. 

 

Master of Divinity (M.Div)
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MASTER OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES (M.T.S.)
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MASTER OF ARTS IN PASTORAL STUDIES (M.A.P.S.)
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CONCENTRATIONS
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Doctoral Degree Program

Doctor of Ministry Degree Program

The Doctor of Ministry degree allows students to explore a question or challenge in their context. PTS offers a number of focus areas, including Christian Spirituality, Creative Writing and Public Theology, Eastern Christian, Intergenerational Black Church Studies, Missional Leadership, Reformed, and Risking Faithfully. The D.Min. degree is a professional doctoral degree providing space for renewal, growth, companionship among peers, and rich dialogue with faculty. 

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Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate in Adaptive and Innovative Ministry

The 15-month Graduate Certificate in Adaptive and Innovative Ministry through the Seminary's Center for Adaptive and Innovative Ministry forms pioneer leaders attentive to God and God’s world. Participants learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and their communities, practice leading teams in discerning God’s activity, and 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 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.

Graduate Certificate in Ministry

Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Ministry receive a foundational understanding of ministry equipping them for broad service to the church. Required courses in the year-long program include theology or history; Bible; and two Preaching and Communications, Introduction to Caring Ministry, or other Ministry Studies courses. The certificate is ideal for persons serving churches as Sunday School teachers, deacons, and elders, plus those who want to expand their knowledge of Scripture. 

Graduate Certificate in Missional Leadership

The Seminary's World Mission Initiative offers the year-long Graduate Certificate in Missional Leadership to prepare people for leadership in congregations or other agencies. Students study church history or theology, the Bible, contextual analysis, and missional leadership. The certificate is ideal for persons serving churches and non-profit organizations involved in mission work. Students receive broad preparation in evangelism and are therefore equipped for international missions. .

Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

The year-long Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies provides students with a general introduction to theological inquiry. Students take four required courses—church history, theology, Bible, and an elective. This certificate is a great foray into deepening one’s understanding of biblical, theological, and historical concepts relevant to the church. The certificate is ideal for persons who want to expand their knowledge of Scripture. 

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 any of the master's degrees. 

Non-Degree Spiritual Formation Program

Started more than 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 non-degree program involves participation in an Immersion Experience, six elective courses, a practicum, and a pilgrimage.

Graduate Certificate in Adaptive and Innovative Ministry
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