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Academic Transcripts?

PTS requires that the academic transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary schools be received directly from the school or in a signed and sealed envelope from the school you attended.

Admissions Application Deadlines?

Applications for Fall 2017 are now being accepted. 
The deadlines for Fall 2017 are:

December 15, 2016: Fall 2017 deadline for all PhD applicants 

February 1, 2017: Fall 2017 deadline for all Masters-Level International applicants

February 1, 2017: Fall 2017 priority deadline for scholarship consideration for MDiv, Dual MDiv/MACEF, and MA(TS) applicants

March 15, 2017: Fall 2017 deadline for MDiv, MACEF, Dual MDiv/MACEF, MA(TS), and  applicants who are US Citizens or Permanent residents of the US. Applications that become complete after this deadline date are considered by the admissions committee on a "space available basis."

March 15, 2017: Interviews are recommended for MDiv candidates and are required for MDiv/MACEF Dual applicants. You should work with the Admissions Department to set up your interview prior to completing your admissions application. The latest we can schedule interviews for those seeking Fall 2017 admissions will be March 1, 2017. Interviews can normally be arranged via Skype or in person during a campus visit. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (admissions@ptsem.edu). 

April 15, 2017: Fall 2017 deadline for ThM applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents of the US (please note: International ThM applications are due February 1, 2017). 

What classes does Princeton Seminary offer?

Current course offerings are available on our online course catalogue (Inside PTS).

Are there any distance learning, evening or part-time programs?

At this time all degree program classes are only offered to full-time students on our campus. There are no weekend, evening or distance learning classes offered.

Can I apply online?

Absolutely! Begin an application online.

Do my prerequisite degrees need to be from educational institutions recognized by a Regional Accreditor?

Yes. We require that all prerequisite degrees be from one of the following Regional Accreditors:

  • Middles States Association of Colleges and Schools Middles States Commission on Higher Education
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges and Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools The Higher Learning Commission
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
Do you accept transfer credits toward the MDiv or MDiv/MACEF degree?

Yes, a maximum of 26 credits (1 year) can be accepted in transfer credits. The registrar will make this determination with the admitted MDiv candidate.

What are your reapplication guidelines?

Each year many highly qualified people apply for admission to Princeton Theological Seminary.  Unfortunately, it is impossible to admit them all, and we must make some very difficult decisions. If an unsuccessful applicant is still interested in applying, they should following the guidelines below.

Master’s degree applicants who applied and were not admitted may reapply beginning with the next admissions cycle.  In this case, the Admissions Committee would require a new application, academic transcript(s) from any school(s) attended since your last application, a new letter of endorsement, and one new recommendation.

We strongly suggest a person who is reapplying arrange for an interview and/or a campus visit.  Please note, the faculty only allows a maximum of two admissions attempts.

Does my college major affect admissions decisions?

Not really. All undergraduate majors are considered. However, we recommend that you have a liberal arts background with at least sixty semester hours of English, philosophy, literature, history, ancient and modern language, and some work in psychology and sociology.

How long does it take to complete the MDiv program?

The Master of Divinity is normally completed in three years of full-time study (78 credits), and includes study during at least one of the two included summers. The first year is normally spent on foundational coursework, creating a framework by which more advanced courses may be understood. One summer between the first and final year is spent in the student's field education placement, in either a church or specialized ministry setting.

During the second year, many students have completed most all prerequisite courses and are free to focus on more advanced coursework. In the third year, students complete the degree program and may choose even more elective courses of special interest. MDiv seniors also have the option of writing a thesis or working on a special project under faculty supervision.

Information for Permanent Residents of the United States

All applicants who are currently registered as permanent residents of the United States must provide the Admissions Committee with documentation of that status.

Additionally, if English is not your native language, the Admissions Committee may require you to complete the TOEFL test as part of your application requirements to Princeton Theological Seminary.

Is the MDiv degree only for students who wish to be ordained?

No. Although many of our students pursue calls to ordained pastoral ministry, we have a number who pursue other forms of ministry such as chaplaincy, social work, non-profit work, missions, or teaching.

What are the application requirements for the MDiv, MACEF, MA(TS) and MDiv/MACEF degree programs?

An undergraduate degree (BA or BS) from a regionally accredited institution (see our list of acceptable accrediting agencies above).

Completing our online application form with non-refundable application fee of $50. Included in this submission, you will be required to register the three individuals who will be submitting your references  and the person you choose to complete your pastoral endorsement. This can be done using our on-line application.

Background Checks are a required part of application to Princeton Seminary. The fee for this is $36. The background check will not be considered to have been completed until we receive the results. For your information, this typically takes between two and three business days.

Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions previously attended. These must be sent to us in a sealed and signed envelope to the following address:

Princeton Theological Seminary
Office of Admissions & Financial Aid
64 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

Please remember that the admissions committee requires that all application materials must be received by the stated deadline. This is your responsibility, so please plan accordingly.

An interview is also strongly recommended. Please Note: If you are applying as a Dual-Degree applicant, you are required to have an admissions interview.

Note: GRE Scores are not required for Master's-level applicants.

With the exception of international applicants, all Master's-level admissions are considered on a rolling basis beginning in October. Applications should be completed by the deadlines listed above for the following academic year.

Does my home pastor have to write my letter of endorsement?

The home pastor  usually writes this letter. However, an applicant being mentored by another pastor or college chaplain regarding seminary may have this person complete the endorsement form.

Note: The Admissions Committee will not accept letters of reference or the letter of endorsement from family members.

Financial Aid

Approximately how much does a seminary education cost?

For the 2016–2017 academic year, tuition was $14,500. A more detailed look at the cost of a seminary education is available here.

How do I finance my Princeton Seminary education?

Gifts from generous donors and alumni help to subsidize many of the costs faced by Princeton Theological Seminary students. Approximately 93% of MDiv, MACEF, MA(TS), and dual MDiv/MACEF students receive grants or scholarships. 85% of all students receive aid from the seminary financial aid program, and 87% of students receive the maximum level of financial aid. The average award for MDiv, MACEF, MA(TS), and dual MDiv/MACEF students is 94% of tuition. These funds significantly reduce our students’ reliance on student loans.

Masters-level students can learn more about the financial support the Seminary offers in the Financial Aid section of our website.

Information about the generous financial support offered to PhD students is available here

Do you offer Merit-Based Scholarships?

The majority of the generous financial aid offered by Princeton Seminary is need-based. We do offer merit-based scholarships to a small portion of our admitted applicants, but as a matter of theological conviction we try to cover as many educational costs as we can for the greatest number of students. To apply for one of these merit-based awards, a prospective student must complete their application for admission by February 1, complete the Merit-based scholarship application (which is an optional part of the regular admissions application), and have an interview. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (admissions@ptsem.edu). 

What is the cost of tuition?

For the 2016–2017 academic year the tuition is $14,500.

Student Affairs & Residential Life

Does Princeton Seminary offer childcare for students with children?

Yes! The Princeton Theological Seminary Carol Gray Dupree Center for Children is licensed by the State of New Jersey and offers full-day and half-day child care from September through June, and a summer session from July through the third week of August, for children ages three months through pre-kindergarten of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and visitors to the Center of Continuing Education.

The center is located in the Charlotte Newcombe Center at 400 Emmons Drive on the Seminary’s West Windsor Campus.

How can I obtain information about the public school systems of Princeton?

The school district your children attend depends upon where you live. For persons living in the Princeton area (Tennent Campus residents), visit the Princeton Public Schools website. For persons living in West Windsor (the CRW or Witherspoon apartments), visit the West Windsor-Painsboro Regional School District website.

What housing options does the Seminary provide?

The Seminary provides a variety of housing options for students, at about half the cost of local non-Seminary housing. Electric and telephone are billed to the student, and all other utilities are supplied without charge. All Seminary housing has telephone and cable jacks, with free high-speed Internet service provided.

Main Campus Housing includes three dormitories for single students: Hodge, Alexander, and Brown Halls. All three dormitories are air-conditioned and fully carpeted, and are furnished with a bed, pillow, desk, chair, chest of drawers, mirror, and bookcase.

Tennent Campus Housing for families includes Tennent and Roberts Halls, and is located two blocks from the main campus and the library. It is a short walk from the restaurants and shops of Nassau Street. The Tennent campus includes a playground. Tennent and Roberts Hall offer one- two- and three bedroom apartments that are fully carpeted and include an electric stove and refrigerator.

The West Windsor Campus Housing includes the Charlotte Rachel Wilson (CRW) Apartments for families and Witherspoon Apartments for single students. The CRW campus is located approximately three miles from the main campus, has a pavilion, a playground and includes the Dupree Center for Children. A frequent shuttle service is provided between the CRW campus and the main campus. The CRW Apartments are made up of one, two, three and four bedroom units with air conditioning, dishwasher, microwave, electric stove, refrigerator and washer/dryer. Pets are allowed only in the CRW apartments, first floor units only, and have limited availability. Witherspoon Apartments are one and two bedroom apartments with air-conditioning and include an electric stove, refrigerator and dishwasher.

For more information about housing options at Princeton Seminary, click here

What type of recreational facilities and activities does Princeton Seminary offer?

The Seminary offers students the facilities of Whiteley Gymnasium, featuring a basketball court, racquetball court, and fitness center with weight-training equipment. Fitness classes are also available at the Whiteley Gymnasium.

Several intramural sports are available for students and their families to participate in. Such activities include flag football, frisbee, volleyball, basketball, and a host of other team sports.

General Information About PTS & Other FAQs

Do you have a theological library?

Yes!  The Seminary’s 92,000-square-foot library is an intellectual village for students, pastors, and scholars. With natural light pouring in from the central four-story atrium, plush seating throughout, and a café providing space for conversation and community-building, it provides a breathtaking setting for study and scholarly discovery.

The library holds one of the world's most important and respected theological collections and is at the forefront of exciting new developments in information technology and digital access.

Did you know the library...

  • houses more than 600,000 print volumes, 600,000 microforms, museum quality artifacts, and other special collections
  • is capable of holding 1 million books
  • features an extensive Latin American Collection of 25,000 Spanish and Portuguese books and 1,300 periodicals
  • acquires between 10,000 and 15,000 texts annually

For more information about our world-renowned library please visit our library website.

Does the campus have wireless Internet?

Most of the buildings on campus have wireless Internet. There is wireless connection available in all of the classrooms.

Ways to contact Princeton Seminary for more information about Admissions and Financial Aid?

Mailing Address:
Princeton Theological Seminary
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
P.O. Box 821
Princeton, NJ 08542-0803

Physical Address:
Princeton Theological Seminary
64 Mercer St.
Princeton, NJ 08540

Telephone, Fax, and Email
Phone: 609.497.7805 or 800.622.6767, ext. 7805
Fax: 609.497.7870
Email

What denomination is Princeton Seminary affiliated with?

Princeton Theological Seminary is a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

What year was Princeton Seminary founded?

The Theological Seminary at Princeton was established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1812. This marked a turning point in American theological education.

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Pastor at Franklin Lakes United Methodist Church, New Jersey

Alison VanBuskirk, Class of 2015

“My call as a pastor centers on shaping a community where people can connect and be real with each other and God.”