One-Year Seminary Degree in Cary, NC

Life is full of seasons that define our lives. How would your life be impacted if you set aside one year to study God’s Word, experience authentic community, grow in discipleship, and earn your master’s degree in theological studies?


Shepherds Institute of Shepherds Theological Seminary in Cary, NC, offers this life- changing opportunity. No matter what career you may pursue, your primary calling is to both be a disciple and make disciples of Christ. Whether you plan to pastor, teach, write computer code or perform surgery, men and women of all professions are invited to join this foundational program and dedicate one year of your life to prepare for the rest of your life. Our mission is to impact the world for Christ by equipping servant leaders for life and ministry by strategically shaping both intellect and character through biblical scholarship and personal mentoring.

An Overview of Shepherds Institute

In one calendar year students at Shepherds Institute of Shepherds Theological Seminary are given a firm foundation in knowing and living out the Bible. Students receive sound Bible teaching from our resident faculty and are challenged through intentional authentic community and life-on-life discipleship. All of this takes place within the context of a vibrant local church—The Shepherd’s Church in Cary, NC. The one-year seminary degree includes a study trip to Rome and Israel, as well as exploration of God’s creation through outdoor adventures.


Our master’s degree in theological studies is built on the belief that living out the Word of God through the power of The Spirit changes the lives of students and those they will minister to for the rest of their lives. Our doctrine comes from the Word of God and it forms the basis for our theological distinctiveness as well as our curriculum and education. Click here for the full STS Doctrinal Statement.

A Unique Partnership with Real Ministry Experience

Shepherds Institute is housed on the campus of Shepherds Theological Seminary in partnership with The Shepherd’s Church (Cary, NC). Shepherds Theological Seminary is responsible for all academic instruction, and The Shepherd’s Church provides a local church setting for intrusive discipleship, community, mentoring, and service.

Location: Cary, NC

The campus of Shepherds Institute, as well as the main campus of Shepherds Theological Seminary, is housed at The Shepherd’s Church in Cary, North Carolina. Cary is a vibrant suburb of Raleigh/ Durham, as well as home to the nationally-known Research Triangle Park (RTP). An ideal setting for higher education, the Raleigh/Durham area is home to almost 3 million people representing diverse cultures and age groups. Situated between the Blue Ridge Mountains and North Carolina’s coastal shores, the area offers an exceptional quality of life.

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