Calvin Theological Seminary Admissions

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Finding the right seminary to prepare for your unique call to ministry can be challenging, but the Calvin Seminary admissions team is here to help.

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Launch a Seminary Education with Depth and Passion

You're invited to know God, yourself, and your ministry with greater depth and passion.

Calvin Seminary is a place where you can thrive: where you will find a worship-centered community, challenging academics and a whole-person approach to learning. Expert Reformed theologians and biblical scholars will guide your learning in classes that are small enough to foster an environment of open inquiry and deep learning. Plus, mentoring relationships and ministry internships will nurture your spiritual growth, connecting your intellectual pursuits to the calling of your heart and the work of your hands.

Interested in other graduate and certificate programs? See what Calvin University has to offer.

Degrees & Programs

We Have a Degree for Every Calling.

Each believer’s expression of ministry may look different, but together we make up the church—the body of Christ and the hope of the world. There are a variety of programs available at Calvin Seminary, but they all work toward the same mission of equipping you, as a ministry leader, with a deeper understanding of God’s word for the purpose of service in his Kingdom. Explore all that Calvin Seminary has to offer you, as you fully engage your calling.

Master Degrees

Master of Divinity (MDiv) 87

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is Calvin Seminary’s top-enrolled program, designed to prepare you for diverse ministry opportunities, from pastoral ministry to chaplaincy to missions.

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Master of Arts in Christian Leadership 39

Through the Master of Arts in Christian Leadership program, you’ll be empowered to learn, grow, and enrich your ministry—all within a theologically rich community of students, professors, and mentors.

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Master of Arts in Bible and Theology 39

The Master of Arts in Bible and Theology program is designed to help you make new connections as you explore the Bible, systematic theology, and church history in context. Deepen your academic knowledge of the Christian faith and enrich your understanding of the Bible.

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Master of Theological Studies (MTS) 55

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program empowers you to understand the Christian faith more deeply while equipping you for further academic study and careers enriched by a strong understanding of theology.

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Master of Theology (ThM) 21

The Master of Theology (ThM) program is a post-MDiv/post-MTS program designed for advanced study and academic research in a specialized area of the theological curriculum. As a seminary graduate, you will have the opportunity to extend your education in a particular field or to prepare for doctoral-level work through a one- to two-year program and a capstone thesis or a major research paper.

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Certificate Programs

Certificate in Bible Instruction 15

The Certificate in Bible Instruction is designed to equip teachers of all grade levels with a strong knowledge base in biblical studies in order to prepare them to teach and instruct on the Bible with competence and accuracy.

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Certificate in Education, Youth, and Family 16

Follow your calling in Christian education, youth ministry, or family ministry, through a program focused on expanding your strategy and vision.

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Certificate in Missional Leadership 17

Explore your role as a missional leader through practical, applied learning with a theological foundation.

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Certificate in Pastoral Care 16

Prepare to take on the challenges of pastoral care, shepherding God’s people with wisdom, grace, and truth through life’s most joyous and trying occasions.

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Certificate in Pastoral Leadership 17

Grow as a pastor and leader, gaining new skills and knowledge to nurture the community of disciples entrusted to you.

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Certificate in Worship 16

Unleash your gifts to enrich community worship, bringing praise to our Creator through dynamic education with theological grounding.

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Doctoral and Postgraduate Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 36

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program is designed to equip you for teaching and research in colleges, theological seminaries, and universities, and for advanced church leadership.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin) 36

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) encourages you to flourish as a pastoral leader who makes and nurtures communities of disciples. Through the DMin program your ministry will benefit from intentional coursework, directed spiritual growth, and formative peer relationships.

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In The Community

Find Your Place in Our Vibrant Student Community

As a Calvin Seminary student, you will be enveloped in a community of faith and supported by invested faculty, staff, and fellow students. Our commitment to community goes deep—and it benefits residential and distance learning students alike. Residential students form community through daily interactions during classes, meetings, and events. Distance learning students form community through intentional online meet-ups, personalized support, and on-campus intensives. However you choose to study, you will help shape and be shaped by the vibrant learning community at Calvin Seminary.

Life On Campus

Calvin Seminary's campus, situated right next to Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI, provides a life-giving and vibrant backdrop to taking courses in person. Whether you are here once a semester for distance intensives, or you make Grand Rapids your home, you will find community and activities geared towards your growth and health as a student.

Distance Learning

Distance students often cite their appreciation and surprise about the strength of the community among distance and online students. Explore the various options available via these formats and see why students not only grow in their knowledge through the distance degree programs, but also closer as a community of students.

The Application Process

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Understanding the Process

The Apply Now page will provide details for the program you are applying for. There you will find information regarding the following topics:

A List of Application Materials Needed


Pre-Program Requirements

Instructions on Applying for Financial Aid

Other "Next Steps" Like How to Enroll and How to Apply for Housing

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Meet Some Calvin Seminary Alumni

Our alumni often recognize the value of a Calvin Seminary education. Meet a few below.

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    The MDiv program has not only challenged how I think about the Word of God, but how I apply what I've learned in my own life, and the lives of those around me.

    Zack DeBruyne, MDiv '19

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