equipping preachers, pastors, & churchmen for Christ's Kingdom
- Biblical Fidelity
- Confessional Integrity
- Individual Instruction
- Experimental Piety
- Ecclesiastical Accountability
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Since 2008, we have called home a building which once housed the "Old Taylors High School" on East Main Street in Taylors.
We have two 118-credit-hour degree programs designed to equip men for the work of preaching ministry: The Bachelor of Divinity (BD) and the Master of Divinity (MDiv).
The MDiv is a professional degree program for the student who holds a BA or its equivalent, and whose primary career goals are focused on the pastoral ministry. Full-time students may complete the program in four years.
The BD is a degree program for the student who, for whatever reason, does not hold a BA or its equivalent, and who has the desire (and calling) to enter into pastoral ministry. Applicants to the BD program must be at least 30 years old. This degree is not a substitute for a traditional undergraduate education. Rather, it is a professional graduate degree designed to equip men for the gospel ministry. The course requirements for the BD are identical to those for the MDiv.
Master of Arts in Religion
This 44-credit-hour degree program is designed for men and women who are involved in non-ordained ministry in the church, and who desire a sound biblical education for their particular work. The MAR program also provides an excellent opportunity to men and women in non-religious occupations who would like to deepen their understanding of biblical Christianity.
The MAR may be designed to provide a concentration in one of the following areas: Biblical Languages, Church History, Apologetics, and Systematic Theology.
The program may be completed in two years of full-time resident or distance study. There is a four-year time limit that may be extended by faculty vote.
Master of Ministry for Ruling Elders and Deacons
This 35-credit-hour degree program includes instruction in personal piety, Bible knowledge, Presbyterian church government, and the role of ordained officers in the church. The MMRE track is designed to equip the Ruling Elder to function in both the local church and the regional/national church. The MMD track is designed to equip the Deacon to understand his role in terms of the local church and the wider church.
The requirements of the program may be completed in as little as two years of full-time study. However, we caution against MMRE/MMD students over-extending themselves by rushing through the program while maintaining other work/family/church responsibilities. Therefore, our MMRE/MMD students may take up to five years to complete the program.
Admission to the program is restricted to ordained Ruling Elders and Deacons, or other men recommended to the Seminary by a Session/Consistory to enter into the program.
Individual faculty members occasionally take on Master of Theology (ThM), Doctor of Theology (ThD), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students by special request or invitation. We do not offer a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) or Doctor of Divinity (DD) program. The Board of Trustees has awarded DD degrees to deserving Ministers of the Word in the past.
For more information about Advanced Degree opportunities, please contact the Admissions Department.
In this initial step, you'll share some information with us about you and your family. Get started via our Contact Form.
Prospective students are welcome to visit campus, meet faculty and students, and sit in on classes at any time (with advance notice). We also host two EXPLORE GPTS open houses per year, in the Spring and in the Fall. Our next one is March 12-13, 2018.
Access our application for admissions for download to your personal computer by filling out the form below, and either complete it electronically (saving frequently along the way), or print it out and complete it by hand. Please carefully read the instructions on the first two pages, and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
REV. DR. RICHARD D. PHILLIPS
Senior Pastor, Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville
Director, Advancement & Admissions
REV. DANIEL JARSTFER
Alumni Board Representative
REV. JIM STEPHENSON
President, Alumni Association