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Application Information

The Seminary welcomes students from denominations and independent/non-denominational churches who meet the academic entrance requirements. No applicant shall be excluded from study at the Seminary on the basis of nationality, race, ethnicity, or gender, and all students shall be afforded equal dignity and respect as members of the student body. 

Application Procedure

1) Complete and submit an application.

Start Master's Application

Start Auditor Application for Master's level courses (the online application is all that is required). Click here for more information on auditing Master’s level courses.

Start DMin Application (credit or audit)

Continue Any Application

2) Submit official academic transcripts for all college coursework, including all post-high school institutions.

3) Submit references:

  • - from a pastor or other church officer
  • - from another acquaintance of the student's choice
  • - from an academic advisor or professor (Master's level classes only)

Send this Reference Form link to your references:

4) Submit a non-refundable application fee of $50.00. This fee is waived if your application is completed by the start of classes in the academic quarter prior to the quarter you plan to begin study.

The Seminary encourages prospective students to apply as early as possible. We recommend that you submit all application paperwork three months prior to the first day of the quarter in which you want to start classes (six months for international students). Applications must be finalized (application, all references, transcripts, and application fee submitted) by two weeks prior to classes beginning in your intended quarter. International applications must be finalized (application, all references, transcripts, application fee, and I-20 information submitted) by the beginning of classes in the academic quarter prior to your intended quarter. Late applications are subject to a $50 late application fee.

Qualified applicants from other countries are welcome to become part of the student body, as the Seminary is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students who desire to serve the Church worldwide. International application requirements may be found here in our Academic Catalog. Additionally, if you apply from abroad, you must provide evidence demonstrating that you have adequate means of support while attending the Seminary. Your resources must be sufficient for travel and living expenses, as well as for the cost of tuition and books. This can be demonstrated by a letter from your bank which states that you have sufficient funds currently within your account to cover the expenses listed earlier. If you are to be supported by a church or other benefactor, then that church or benefactor will need to send a letter to the Seminary describing their commitment to cover all or a portion of your expenses and outlining the schedule of payment. This letter would need to be accompanied by a letter from their bank, testifying to their having sufficient funds in place to honor their agreement to pay for your expenses. This information is essential for the securing of the proper visas and I-20 forms. Any further questions about this requirement should be made to our Registrar, Ed Blackwood, at

5) DMin applicants only: Submit a previously submitted paper, of approximately 10 pages, from your master’s degree work.


Master's-level Tuition for 2019-2020
Tuition per year (12-16 hours per quarter) • $13,464.00
Tuition per quarter (12-16 hours) • $4,488.00
Tuition per quarter hour • $374.00
(Students enrolled in 12-16 credits only pay for 12 credits)

DMin Tuition for 2019-2020
$1290 per course


For questions or to inquire about housing availability, contact the Admissions Office: • 412-731-6000

A limited number of furnished rooms for single men are provided in Rutherford Hall.  Several apartments are also available on campus for married students. There are other accommodations readily available in the community, since the Seminary is located near three major universities in a large metropolitan area.

Financial Aid

For questions about Scholarships, Veterans' Benefits, or Loans, contact the Financial Aid Office: • 412-731-3000

Institutional Scholarships

Although we offer a variety of institutional scholarships which are detailed in our Academic Catalog, students must apply for scholarship funds using our online Financial Aid Application. Scholarships are only available for master's level courses. Please note that we do not require a FAFSA form in order to receive RPTS scholarship funds. Please submit your financial aid application as early as possible after your acceptance to maximize your scholarship eligibility.

Church Match Scholarship

One popular award available for students enrolled in master's level courses is the Church Match Scholarship, in which RPTS will match church contributions on a student’s behalf up to one third of the total tuition cost. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you would like to participate in the church match program.

Chaplain Candidate Scholarship Partnership

This is a joint venture between RPTS and the US Army for those sensing God’s call to serve in the military chaplaincy and have agreed to enter one of the components of the US Army’s Chaplain Candidate Program. Read more here.

Veterans’ Benefits

Military veterans are encouraged to contact the US Department of Veterans Affairs to determine benefit eligibility. They can be reached by phone at 1-888-442-4551 or at the VA benefits website.   If you are considering RPTS, please let us know, and we can make available to you a personalized Shopping Sheet which is part of the Principles of Excellence Program to help you to compare educational institutions.

Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loans

While the Seminary encourages you to do all you can to minimize indebtedness, you should explore all areas of financial aid available. To read more about this federal loan program, click here. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information regarding Loans, Return of Title IV Fund Policy, and our Academic Progress Policy. Please note that you should complete the following steps only if you are interested in the Stafford Unsubsidized Loan. If you are interested in applying for a loan, you must apply for an institutional scholarship as well.

1.  The FAFSA application must be completed each year.  Remember to safely store your FSA ID, which will be comprised of a user-selected username and password.  This FSA ID replaces the former Federal Student Aid PIN.  Print a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR).  The school code for RPTS is G03358.  (Beyond the FAFSA, no other application is required for the determination of a student's eligibility for Title IV assistance.)

2.  All loan students must complete a Master Promissory Note each year.  Use your FSA ID from Step 1.  You will need your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which you received after completing the FAFSA.

3.  New students must complete Direct Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling their first year at RPTS.  Use PIN from Step 1.

4.  Students must annually complete a Financial Aid Application (to qualify for institutional aid). This form also includes a loan request section for those seeking Title IV funds. 

5.  Students must also complete Exit Counseling upon graduation, termination of studies at RPTS, or if they drop below 6 credits.  

If you are seeking financial assistance through scholarships, loans, or veterans' benefits, you need to have been accepted into a program of study before aid can be processed. Students must be accepted into a degree program to be eligible for Title IV funds.

Please note that the 2019-2020 academic year is the final year that RPTS will participate in the Title IV program. Federal loans will not be processed after the spring 2020 quarter.