Equipping Servant Leaders for Life & Ministry

As a student here at STS, you will experience a curriculum that is academically rigorous, relevant to ministry, and personally rewarding. You will be challenged intellectually, sharpened through practice, and fed spiritually, preparing you to be the servant-leader God desires you to be. Something amazing happens when you study the Word of God in a seminary setting with fellow believers in a community of faith, learning, and practice. Come experience the Shepherds Difference.


With courses available in our unique “Block Monday” format, as well as both daytime and evening courses, STS offers students tremendous flexibility in pursuing their education. Most courses meet one time per week for 2-3 hours over a 14 week semester. With part-time and full-time options available in all of our programs, students can find the appropriate balance between seminary, ministry, work, and family. For those who do not live near our campuses, all of our degrees can be completed online, with the exception of the one-year Master’s; we livestream all of our courses via Zoom.

Explore Our Degrees
Doctor of Ministry</p>
Doctor of Ministry


32 credits / 3 years
Highest Professional Degree for Church Ministry
Multiple Areas of Concentration
Emphasis on Ministry Leadership


Master of Theology</p>
Master of Theology


26 credits / 2 years
Ph.D. Preparatory Degree
Multiple Areas of Concentration
Emphasis on Theology and Biblical Languages


Master of Divinity</p>
Master of Divinity


92 credits / 3-4 years
The Premier Pastoral Degree
Multiple Areas of Concentration
Emphasis on Bible, Theology, and Languages


Master of Arts in Biblical Literature & Languages</p>
Master of Arts in Biblical Literature & Languages


68 credits / 2-3 years
Ph.D. Preparatory Degree
Concentration on Biblical Languages
Emphasis on Textual Criticism


Master of Arts in Biblical Studies</p>
Master of Arts in Biblical Studies


60 credits / 3-4 years
A Professional Ministry Degree
Multiple Areas of Concentration
Emphasis on Bible and Theology


Master of Arts in Christian Ministry</p>
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry


47 credits / 1-2 years
A Professional Ministry Degree
Multiple Areas of Concentration
Emphasis on Bible and Theology


Master of Theological Studies</p>
Master of Theological Studies


42 credits / 1 year
Intensive Format Academic Degree
Available at Main Campus and STS Teaching Sites
Emphasis on Practical Theology


Women's Programs
Women's Programs
Custom MDIV and MACM for Women
Purposeful Academics
Practical Apologetics
Preparation for Meaningful Ministry


Diploma Programs
Diploma Programs
36-42 credits / 1-2 years
Multiple Diploma Options
Available for Credit or Audit
For Students without a BA or BS Degree


For more info on our degree programs, see our academic catalog.



Subsidized Tuition Rate For Full-Time Students







Financial Aid

STS provides scholarships, need-based grants, fellowships, work opportunities, and loans to our eligible candidates. If you are interested in learning more about financial aid availability as well as military and VA benefits, visit our financial aid page.



What are the admissions requirements?

Since STS is a graduate school, if you are planning on pursuing one of our master’s degrees, you will typically need to have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution (see below). You do not need to have attended a Christian college or university, either; in fact, most of our students come from large state universities or community colleges. We will ask you for your undergraduate transcripts (if applicable), three recommendations (the forms are attached in our online application), and a background check administered during the application process. Above all, we will want to get to know you a bit; the STS admissions process is very personal and engaging, since we desire to connect with every single applicant. It is a part of the “family feel” here at STS.


If you are interested in studying at STS, but you do not have an undergraduate degree, we will admit you into our diploma program, provided you meet our other admissions requirements. Upon completion of 12 credits, if you maintain a 2.5 GPA or greater, you will be moved from the diploma program into a master’s program. If not, you will continue taking courses towards one of our diplomas. See the STS Catalog for full admissions policies and procedures.

Is STS accredited?

Yes. Shepherds Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) [10 Summit Park Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15275, Telephone: 412–788–6505, Fax: 421–788–6510, Website:].

Do you accept international students?

Yes, STS does accept international students. Becoming an international student is a very complex process and requires significant work and resources due to US governmental regulations. We encourage all potential international applicants to read our section on International Applications. Additionally, STS does not offer scholarships to new international students, and the government will require you to prove you have significant funding for both tuition costs and living costs before they grant you a visa.

Is student housing available?

Because STS is a local-church-based seminary, we do not have on-campus housing. However, we do have a dedicated staff member who assists students with obtaining off-campus housing in the surrounding communities. Please fill out our student housing form to begin this process. While there are no guarantees of what housing is available, we are happy to help out as the Lord allows us!

How many credits is considered full time? What is the average course-load like at STS?

On average, 7-9 credit hours per semester is considered “full time” for graduate school. Most students will take 2-3 courses each semester, which averages between 7-9 credit hours. You do not have to go full time, and we understand that many of our students are working adults who choose to study part time. Rest assured, STS will make sure you are taking a course load that you can both manage and succeed at!

I am an older adult, would I fit in at STS?

Yes! STS has a diverse student population with students ranging in age from mid-20s to mid-70s. Because the Body of Christ is diverse, STS actively seeks to train all ages for ministry. For many adults, going to seminary and preparing for ministry is the perfect capstone on an existing ministry career. For other adults, they find that God has called them into ministry later in life and now is the time to prepare. Still other adults simply want to learn more about the Bible and their faith. There are many reasons to come study at STS.

Does STS offer any degrees for female students?

Female students are welcome to study in any of our degree programs! In fact, we have created a few concentrations specifically for women that prepare them for various jobs, both in churches and in para-church organizations. For more information, please look at our academic programs here on the website, browse our catalog, or contact us and ask for the Dean of Women!

Do I have to take any tests to get into STS?

Nope! We do not require any standardized tests. However, since we are a graduate school, we do typically require students to have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution (see the first FAQ for more details). You can learn more about the admissions requirements in our Academic Catalog.

Can I transfer credits from another seminary?

Yes, but there are certain rules STS must follow. In general, we can transfer in up to 30% of a degree program’s credit hours. However, the courses transferred in must be very similar to courses in the STS degree programs. The best way to determine if we can transfer your existing credits is to contact us and talk to the Registrar. Our Registrar can be reached at 919-573-1572.

How do I contact you to learn more or ask questions?

Please use our contact form, or call us at (919) 573-5350. Also, you might find it helpful to review our catalog.

Request More Information

If you would like more information about STS or simply have some questions, please use this form to send us a message, or call our Admissions Department at 1-800-672-3060.

Let us help you fulfill your calling.