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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 2020-2021
Tuition per year (12-16 hours per quarter) • $13,464
Tuition per quarter (12-16 hours) • $4,488
Tuition per quarter hour • $374

DMin Tuition for 2020-2021
$1290 per course

Details on Tuition and Fees



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 or Veterans' Benefits, 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 submit your financial aid application as early as possible after your acceptance to maximize your scholarship eligibility. RPTS does not require or review FAFSA forms in the awarding of institutional scholarship funds.

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 use the Church Match Scholarship Application, instead of the regular financial aid application, if you would like to participate in this program.

Veterans’ Benefits

Military veterans are encouraged to contact the U.S. 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.  

Federal Loan Information

The Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary does not participate in federal student loan programs.

Students interested in deferment options on previous federal student loans should contact their current loan servicer. Though in-school deferments may not be available during your studies at RPTS, you should explore all options with your loan servicing company, such as other types of deferment, forbearance, or income-based repayment (for lower monthly payments). If you don’t know your loan servicing company, click here. You will need your FSA ID login.

If you are seeking financial assistance through scholarships or veterans' benefits, you need to have been accepted into a program of study before aid can be processed.