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. Come experience the Shepherds Difference.

Admissions at STS

    • Online application
    • All undergraduate transcripts (if applicable)
    • Three recommendations (using form in online application)
    • Background check (administered during application process)
    • DMin applicants can see additional requirements and considerations here


Learn more about options for students without an undergraduate degree.

    • Applications should be submitted at least 1 month prior to the start of a semester
    • Contact the Registrar to request application consideration after the deadline
    • Separate one-year program application deadlines for Cary, Laramie, and Bryan campuses 


See our current academic calendar for semester start dates.

    • All degrees can be completed online (except for cohort programs, such as the DMin and the one-year MTS)
    • Online students attend virtually at the same time the class is being held live
    • Online learning utilizes Zoom platform and conferencing tech
    • No additional fees for online learning
    • Plan to attend in person if you live within 1 hr of campus
    • Students in CA are not eligible for distance learning due to national reciprocity agreement

Current rates:

    • $370 full-time tuition rate
    • $395 part-time tuition rate
    • $495 DMin tuition rate


Estimated total degree costs:*

    • DMin (over 3 years): $20,480
    • ThM (over 2 years): $11,090
    • MDiv (over 4 years): $37,080
    • MABLL (over 4 years): $31,830
    • MABS (over 3 years): $24,640
    • MACM (over 2 years): $19,230
    • MTS (over 2 years): $17,380
    • One-Year MTS: $22,000


See the full list of STS tuition & fees.

* Estimates are based on full-time tuition rate and include recurring and one-time fees.

    • Federal unsubsidized direct loans under Title IV
    • Military and VA education benefits
    • In-house scholarships & aid


Learn more about the types of financial aid available at STS.

    • Accredited by ATS
    • Authorized to grant degrees
    • Authorized for online learning
    • Accredited by the ECFA


Learn more about STS’ accreditation.

    • Fall & spring classes meet once a week for 2-3 hr blocks
    • Most classes are in the evenings (M – Th)
    • Morning, afternoon, & evening classes on Mondays
    • Monday schedule enables students to take up to 9 credit hours in a single day
    • Allows for flexibility in work and ministry schedules


See the current class schedule.

    • Online application
    • Approved English language proficiency test may apply
    • Validated transcripts
    • Must prove financial ability to fund education


Learn more about the admissions requirements for international students.

    • Credits from other institutions can be reviewed for transfer into STS degree programs
    • Number of credits accepted, if any, is decided after review (official transcripts must be reviewed by Chief Academic Officer)

What is auditing?

    • A cheaper way to attend courses
    • Full access to course materials and lectures
    • Does not count for credit
    • No attendance or assignment requirements


How to become an audit student:

    • Shortened online application
    • Pastoral recommendation letter
    • Background check (administered during application process)


See the full list of STS tuition & fees for our current audit rate.