A letter from our President and Dean

If you spend much time at General you will hear me say a phrase that practically becomes shopworn, but it never does. It's like earthly good news and we say it constantly: welcome home.

Come for chapel or lunch in the refectory. Sit in on a class. Hang out on the Close and visit with friends. This is a Christian place open to all people. Our language is Jesus and our accent is Episcopalian. Come and let us say to you in words, symbols, and actions: welcome home to General Seminary.

The Mission

Adopted in 1999 and reaffirmed in 2015, our Mission Statement reflects the Seminary's commitment to education and formation for the whole people of God: Educating and Forming Lay and Ordained leaders for the church in a changing world.

The Close

Located on the west side of Manhattan in New York City, the General Theological Seminary is frequently noted for the beauty of the gardens on its campus, called the Close. The seminary's Close is characterized by a row of neo-Gothic buildings and tree-shaded lawns uncharacteristic of its urban setting.

The Neighborhood

The General Theological Seminary sits in the heart of Chelsea, a neighborhood known as a center of the New York art world. The cultural opportunities found in this ethnic and socially diverse neighborhood are unparalleled. A favorite attraction for seminarians is High Line Park, a 1.45-mile-long elevated park featuring beautiful landscapes, and views of the city and the Hudson River.


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Students and faculty enjoy lunch together daily at The General Theological Seminary


The General Theological Seminary believes academics, worship, and life in community are inseparable elements in the process of formation for ministry in Christ's church, whether lay or ordained.

A student at The General Theological Seminary settles in before class


While known for its rigorous academic standards, General also focuses on the needs of each individual student. Close relationships are furthered by common worship, meals, and events.

The Academic Dean and guests enter the Refectory at General Seminary for lunch

Life at GTS

The cultural opportunities found here are unparalleled. Along with General's worship, academic, and community, the many activities of New York combine to create a unique educational environment.

Student advisors meet with the Academic Dean at The General Theological Seminary


Whether you feel called to ordained ministry or lay leadership in your faith community, whether you are interested in studying part-time or even as a non-degree student, GTS will meet your needs.

Faculty review slides before class at The General Seminary


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A general seminary alum finds his name in the matriculation book


Graduates and former students of GTS are members of the Associate Alumni of the Seminary. This portion of the GTS website was created for you. It includes the most recent Alumni News and job postings.