Setting a strong foundation for real-world life and ministry.
Degrees and Programs at
The General Theological Seminary offers theological degrees and certificate programs. Theological degrees form and educate students for lay and ordained ministries, while certificate programs provide an opportunity for focused, yet short-term study. Courses completed for a certificate may be applied to an M.A. or M.Div. degree, should an individual decide to continue their education.
Designed to form and educate students for lay and ordained ministries.
Master of Divinity
The primary focus of the Master of Divinity curriculum at GTS is to educate and form students for the vocation of ordained ministry. GTS invites students preparing for ordination from all denominations to apply to the Master of Divinity program; historically, 90% of students at General Seminary have been Episcopal and Evangelical Lutheran.
Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction
The Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction (M.A.SD) from General Theological Seminary's Center for Christian will provide students with practice oriented preparation for ministries of spiritual direction. This track also provides substantial academic grounding in Christian theology, history, scripture, and practice.
For students who want to bring either a deeper theological perspective to daily life and work (M.A.) or to pursue advanced research and teaching (S.T.M.).
Master of Arts
The academic Master of Arts degree is designed for students who wish to bring a theological perspective to daily life and work, or who are interested in preparing for lay ministries in the church. While not designed as a degree to prepare students for ordained ministry, as with all of General's academic programs, education and formation go hand-in-hand with the academic M.A. program.
Masters of Sacred Theology
This program enables students who already hold a first theological degree to pursue advanced, specialized study in theological fields of their choice. The program is kept small and select to ensure that graduate students receive individual attention in designing and carrying out their courses of study, and to allow greater direct contact between students and the faculty members with whom they work.
Personal Enrichment is designed for persons who wish to pursue focused but short-term study in one of five concentrations: Anglican Studies, Ascetical Theology, Biblical Studies, Historical and Theological Studies, and Spiritual Direction. The certificate is part-time, non-residential and designed for lay women and men seeking to learn in a specific area. All courses (a minimum of 18 credits) must be completed at General Seminary.