Princeton Theological Seminary prepares women and men to serve Jesus Christ in ministries marked by faith, integrity, scholarship, competence, compassion, and joy, equipping them for leadership worldwide in congregations and the larger church, in classrooms and the academy, and in the public arena.
A professional and graduate institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Seminary stands within the Reformed tradition. This tradition shapes the instruction, research, practical training, and continuing education provided by the Seminary, as well as the theological scholarship it promotes. The Seminary embraces in its life and work a rich racial and ethnic diversity and the breadth of communions represented in the worldwide church. It offers its theological scholarship in service to God's renewal of the church's life and mission, and it seeks to engage Christian faith with intellectual, political, and economic life in pursuit of truth, justice, compassion, and peace.
Men and women from across the nation and around the world come to Princeton Theological Seminary every year to pursue ministry as a vocation. Students come from West Virginia and West Africa, Korea and New York, Ireland and Texas; they are black, white, Native American, Asian, Hispanic, young, middle-aged, and older adults representing thirty denominations -- each committed in ministry to Jesus Christ and the church.
Who Comes To Princeton?
- PTS has a student body of approximately 555 men and women.
- Students choose to study at PTS from over thirty Christian denominations; over half the students are Presbyterian.
- Students come from nearly every state in the union and more than thirty countries.
- Women make up approximately 40 percent of the student body.
- PTS promotes an environment of ethnic and cultural diversity.
- See more Statistics on PTS.
What Programs Does Princeton Offer?
- Princeton offers four degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy, as well as an M.Div./M.A. Dual Degree.
- PTS also offers a dual-degree program that awards both the M.Div. and M.A. in either Youth Ministry or Christian Education. In addition, Seminary students may apply to a Joint M.Div./ M.S.W. Program in Ministry and Social Work through Rutgers University.
- The School of Christian Education, which prepares students for the church's teaching ministries, offers Christian Educator Certification in the Presbyterian and other denominations.
- The Institute for Youth Ministry, which emphasizes the theological task of ministry with young people, offers degree and non-degree theological education, including doctoral and master's level study, as well as a Certificate in Youth and Theology.
- Students may apply to work towards teacher certification through Princeton University.
- Women's Studies, the Program for Asian American Theology and Ministry and the Program for African-American Studies in Ministry offer special opportunities for study, fellowship, and dialogue in these vital fields.
- Learn more about our Educational Programs.
Who Teaches At Princeton?
- Fifty full-time faculty members.
- Most professors are ordained ministers in their denominations.
- The student/faculty ratio is twelve to one.
- Meet the Seminary Faculty.
What Facilities Does Princeton Have?
- A lovely campus in the heart of Princeton, NJ, near Princeton University, and one hour from both New York City and Philadelphia.
- Beautiful buildings that date from the early nineteenth century; several have won historic renovation awards.
- One of the largest theological research collections in the world, with 500,000 books in two libraries.
- Archival treasures, including the most complete set of Dead Sea Scroll photographs in the world, the second-largest collection of Puritan writings in the United States, and an extensive Latin American theological collection.
- Housing which includes nearly 250 apartments for married students, families, and older single students.
- A child care center for the children of students and employees.
- A gymnasium and campus center for rest and recreation.
What Do Graduates Do With Their Lives?
- Most minister in local congregations.
- Others pursue teaching, counseling, mission work, chaplaincy, ministries of social justice, or administration.
- Currently more than 10,000 alumni/ae serve Christ world-wide, about 9,000 in the United States and 1,000 overseas.
- Visit the alumni/ae portal.
What is our address?
64 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ 08542-0803