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Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

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Pittsburgh Theological Seminary prepares women and men for ministries in established and emerging Christian communities around the world. Rooted in the Reformed tradition and with a centuries-old history of mission and scholarship in service of the church, the Seminary is committed to relationships of mutual learning and serving with Christ-followers from other traditions and theological viewpoints. Our faculty and educational resources cultivate theologically reflective and contextually engaged Christian leaders. Our programs nurture vocational formation for bearing witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

ATS Member Status: Accredited

616 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Phone: 412-362-5610
Fax: 412-363-3260

President: David Esterline
Phone: 412-924-1366

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty: Heather Vacek
Phone: 412-924-1453

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Fall 2016 Data:
Enrollment: 200 (122 FTE)
Faculty Full-Time: 19

Approved Degrees:

  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (M.A.T.M.)
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.)
  • Master of Theology (Th.M.)
  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

Scottsdale, AZ
Approved Degrees: D.Min.

St. Petersburg, FL
Approved Degree: D.Min.

Comprehensive distance education program: No


3 Reviews

  1. As a current DMin student, I am impressed with the cohort program: professors are brought to the students for a week of class. It is small (we started with twelve students)and local, yet a first-rate education from an excellent school. It is possible to get a doctorate and work full-time.

  2. I’m currently a student here at the seminary, and while I may not agree with the grading styles, teaching styles, or necessity of some lectures, that’s something that will be encountered anywhere you go. What’s great about PTS though is that every professor I’ve had thus far has a different teaching style, grading style, etc. So, if you don’t like the way one professor does things, you’re not depriving yourself of an education completely. You just don’t take that one professor. As for the quality of the education, while it is a lot of work, I’m able to succeed as a full-time student with two part-time jobs (day care center and intern at a church). The professors here are not out to get you and are more than willing to help you out in whatever way they can, and if they don’t know the answer to a question you ask, they will gladly research it to its fullest extent to give you the best answer possible. Outside of the academic realm of the seminary though, there are so many different things you can do, groups you can get involved with (Spouse 2 Spouse being a prime example), events on campus you can take part in. Plus, because you’ll have quite a few classes with the same people, you’ll build a tight circle of friends very quickly. The library is stocked full of any possible resource you might need, and to top it all off, the cafeteria (though there is no meal plan and is cash only) has legitimate home-cooked style meals, not your run-of-the-mill cafeteria food you’d find elsewhere. I highly recommend this seminary to anyone who wants the best education you can find at affordable prices and where you will make connections that will last the rest of your life.

  3. Pittsburgh has a outstanding dual degree programs with other Universities located in the region. In 4 years I completed a M.Div. with PTS and a M.S.W. with the University of Pittsburgh. The dual degree has allowed me to successfully work in both the non-profit and church systems. I would highly recommend PTS to anyone interested in non-profit work with a theological perspective.

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