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Princeton Seminary at a Glance

P.O. Box 821
Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 921-8300
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Students: 539 (529 FTE)
Faculty: 40 full time, 22 part-time

Degrees offered
Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy

Special programs
Institute for Youth Ministry, Program for Asian American Theology and Ministry, Hispanic Theological Initiative, Hispanic Leadership Program

Princeton Theological Seminary prepares women and men to serve Jesus Christ in ministries marked by faith, integrity, scholarship, competence, compassion and joy. It seeks to equip them for leadership worldwide in congregations and the larger church, in classrooms and the academy and in the public arena.

As a professional and graduate school of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the seminary stands within the Reformed tradition. It affirms the sovereignty of the triune God over all creation, the gospel of Jesus Christ as God's saving word for all people, the renewing power of the word and Spirit in all of life and the unity of Christ's servant church throughout the world. This tradition shapes the instruction, research, practical training and continuing education provided by the seminary as well as the theological scholarship it promotes.

What programs does Princeton Seminary offer?

Princeton Seminary annually enrolls approximately 539 students, including 33 international students, in its six degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Education or Youth Ministry, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy.

The Seminary's School of Christian Vocation and Mission offers programs for the continuing formation of pastors and lifting up the lives of congregations, including a summer Institute of Theology.

History and Location

The Theological Seminary at Princeton, New Jersey, was established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1812. Rich in history and with an important colonial past, the town of Princeton has been home to the likes of Jonathan Edwards, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson and Albert Einstein. Still in essence a small town, yet only an hour from both New York City and Philadelphia, Princeton has an uncommon breadth of cultural and educational resources.

Since its founding, Princeton Seminary has graduated approximately 14,000 men and women who have served the church in many capacities, from pastoral ministry, to missionary work, to pastoral care, to Christian education, to leadership in the academy and business. Affiliated from the beginning with the Presbyterian Church and the wider Reformed tradition, Princeton Theological Seminary is today a denominational school with an ecumenical and worldwide constituency.

What programs does Princeton Seminary offer?

Princeton provides instruction in the traditional disciplines of theological education as well as in contemporary fields. A student's theological foundation includes courses in biblical languages, exegesis, hermeneutics, systematic theology, church history, practical theology and preaching.

Princeton Seminary annually enrolls approximately 750 students, including more than 70 international students, in its five degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy. In addition, Princeton participates with Rutgers University in a sequential MDiv/MSW (Master of Social Work) program. Princeton is recognized for its pioneering efforts in addressing the church and youth. In 1995, the seminary established an Institute for Youth Ministry, an international center to study the church's ministry with young people. Princeton also has a Program for Asian American Theology and Ministry to support students and pastors from Asian and Asian American churches. The seminary's Center of Continuing Education offers more than sixty seminars each year for ministers and lay people, including Summer Institutes of Theology in Princeton and in Scotland.

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Dr. Elsie Anne McKee

Princeton Seminary prepares future worship leaders by helping them understand history

 As the Archibald Alexander Professor of Reformation Studies and the History of Worship at Princeton Theological Seminary, Dr. Elsie Anne McKee helps students understand and appreciate the history and diversity of Christian worship.

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  • I have been a social worker for 25 years, dealing with youth, substance abuse, and just about all other variables of the human condition. I love it, but have also always wanted to be a minister. My whole family is on Long Island, New York, I have a huge mortgage, I am a senior, I am not terribly proficient with the computer, and wonder if I am crazy to even contemplate this. I would want to be a roving minister, if there is such a thing. What kind of degree would I need? There are so many! By the way, I am Presbyterian, but respect all denominations that are Christ-based. Any advice out there? Thanks. Wendy Zawolik by wendy zawolik on 06/10/2014 at 10:25 a.m.

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