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Admissions are made on a rolling basis beginning in October. Applications should be filed by February 15 for the following academic year, but may be considered after February 15 on a space available basis. The deadline for receipt of completed international applications is January 7.
GRE Scores are not required for application.
Students may apply for advanced placement by contacting the Registrar upon admission.
What are the Master of Divinity program curriculum requirements?
The Master of Divinity program requires the successful completion of work (totalling 78 credit hours) drawn from the four academic departments of the Seminary, and a listing of General Ministries courses. The academic departments are:
In addition, at least one course in either the history or theology department, which has been designated as fulfilling the requirement for a course on Christian Responsibility in the Public Realm, must be included in the student's program.
Admissions are made on a rolling basis beginning in October. Applications should be filed by February 1 for the following academic year, but may be considered after February 1 on a space available basis. The deadline for receipt of completed international applications is January 5th.
What are the Master of Arts program curriculum requirements?
The Master of Arts program (with emphasis in Christian education) requires the successful completion of work (totalling 52 credit hours) drawn from the four academic departments of the Seminary, and a listing of general ministries' courses. The academic departments are:
What are the specific course/credit requirements for the Master of Arts program?
The student is required to take six credits in this department, as follows: courses ot101, Introduction to Old Testament Studies, and nt101, Introduction to New Testament Studies.
Course CH102, History of Christianity II, three credits, is required.
Courses TH221, Systematic Theology I, and TH222, Systematic Theology II, fulfill the six credit requirement of the Theology department.
The twenty-five credits required in Practical Theology are distributed as follows:
The student's program requires eight to ten credits from this listing.
The ten to twelve credits remaining after basic requirements are fulfilled may be completed with electives drawn from any of the four academic departments.
Are there any special programs associated with the Master of Arts program?
Candidates who wish to pursue their work with a focus on youth ministry enroll for the regular requirements in biblical studies, history, theology, and interdepartmental studies. In addition, they will take the following:
Candidates who hold the M.Div. degree ordinarily can complete the M.A. in Christian education requirements in one additional year of full-time study (30 credits hours). In each case the specific program components will be determined in terms of the student's previous education and experience.
What is the sequence of a typical Master of Arts program?
The M.A. is normally completed in two years, or four semesters of fifteen credits each. The first year is spent on core curriculum requirements across the four departments, and in General Ministries' courses. In addition, the summer following the junior year is spent in a Field Education placement, as is the whole of the senior year. The senior year is spent finishing required coursework and in elective courses of interest to the student.
Persons who at the time of application know that they wish to pursue a combined Master of Divinity and Master of Arts (Dual) program may be admitted to candidacy for the both degree simultaneously. Dual degree applicants are usually considered for admission to that program in March. Applicants who are admitted prior to that time are admitted as M.Div. candidates first and then considered later with the rest of the Dual degree applicants for that program. Any questions about this process should be directed to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.
Pursued over a period of four years, the studies are coordinated from the outset to integrate preparation for ministry in the church with either a Christian education or a youth ministry specialization. Although requirements for the two degrees are unchanged, an integrated pattern of advisement enables the student to attain greater proficiency in theological studies as related to educational understanding and practice than would be possible were the degrees to be pursued in sequence. Students admitted to the consolidated program after matriculation at Princeton Seminary will not receive the same financial aid and housing benefits as those persons who are admitted to the Seminary as candidates in the dual degree program. A decision to discontinue the program, once admitted, will not guarantee that either degree separately may be concluded in what otherwise might be the standard time.
Admissions are made on a rolling basis beginning in October. Applications should be filed by February 1 for the following academic year, but may be considered after February 1 on a space available basis.
The deadline for international applications is January 5.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL and must have a minimum score of 550; a minimum of 55 on each of the three parts is expected.
The program of studies for the degree of Master of Theology is designed for students who wish to improve or deepen their preparation for ministry beyond the level reached by their M.Div. course, or who desire to acquire a preparation for specialized ministries of the church. It is normally earned in one year of study.
Th.M. students may choose to focus on one of several areas:
What are the required application credentials?
Admissions are made on a rolling basis beginning in October. Applications must be filed by April 15th for the following academic year. Those who seek admission to this program will find it to their advantage to make application at an early date, since the number of positions available in some fields is necessarily limited.
Applicants wishing to receive the Th.M. degree in either the Department of Biblical Studies or in the area of Preaching (Department of Practical Theology) must have a knowledge of Greek and Hebrew.
Applicants wishing to receive the Th.M. degree in the area of Pastoral Care (Department of Practical Theology) must have completed one unit of clinical pastoral education or an introductory course in pastoral care and counseling or have equivalent pastoral experience, prior to matriculation.
International Applicants: Students interested in this program please click here.
What are the Master of Theology program curriculum requirements?
Twenty-four units (credit hours) are required for the Th.M. degree. If the candidate wishes to present a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirement, it shall be assigned six units of academic credit. Courses ordinarily must be taken in the area of the department in which the candidate is specializing. However, the student may be permitted to take courses in other areas of the department, or in areas of other departments, if in the judgment of his or her faculty adviser these courses are related to the student's field of concentration.
The candidate who seeks the degree without the presentation of a thesis must pursue one or two courses which will require the writing of an essay or essays, which give evidence of ability to engage in research and present his or her investigation in an acceptable literary and academic form.
Each candidate will be assigned an adviser. Candidates will arrange their programs of study in consultation with their advisers, and in accordance with the programs developed for their chosen areas of study.
The candidate must spend a minimum of one year in residence and should, within that period, normally complete all courses and the thesis (where applicable). Candidates must attain an average of 2.70 (B minus) or better in order to qualify for the Th.M degree. In view of this restriction, they may not choose to have their work evaluated on a pass/fail basis.
What kind of students are in the Th.M. program?
Many of our Th.M. students come directly out of M.Div. programs, wishing to extend their studies by one year and concentrate in one particular area of concern. Many of these are international students, but might also come from other seminaries in the U.S. and Canada, or even PTS itself. In any case, the common goal of Th.M. students is to prepare themselves, beyond the M.Div., for their career and calling as ministers, chaplains, educators, missionaries, or counselors.
What is a typical sequence for the Th.M. program?
Since the Th.M. is designed to complement the M.Div. degree through focused study, it requires two semesters (twelve credits each) of full-time study, September through May. Projects and theses are commonly undertaken in this program. Part-time enrollment and mid-year matriculation are not encouraged.