Everyday life has changed significantly since the first of your Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) theological seminaries were founded in 1794 and 1812. Over the years, additional theological institutions were established, carrying on the Presbyterian tradition of providing educated leadership for congregations from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Rim. Each institution is represented on the Committee On Theological Education (COTE) where institutional representatives meet with General Assembly-elected members.
Today, your 10 seminaries as well as two theological institutions related to the denomination by covenant agreement have been entrusted to provide the educational foundation pastors need to be able to preach, teach, pray and lead.
- Prepare men and women to be pastors, educators and musicians for congregations
- Provide continuing education and advanced degree programs for ministers of the Word and Sacrament and for lay church leaders.
- Serve as centers for theological discourse, reflection and research for the benefit of the wider church during changing times.
As we continue into the 21st century, each of your theological institutions will continue to provide a Presbyterian ethos for learning and spiritual formation — theological education in the Reformed tradition.
Find a Presbyterian Theological Seminary
While united in their commitment to Jesus Christ, educational excellence and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), your theological schools differ in significant ways. The links below provide profiles of the individual seminaries, summarizing what each school can offer persons seeking to enhance their preparation for ministry in the church of Jesus Christ.
For more information about a particular PC(USA) theological seminary, contact the Office of Theological Education or visit the school’s Web site.
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary | Austin, Texas
Columbia Theological Seminary | Decatur, Georgia
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary | Dubuque, Iowa
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary | Louisville, Kentucky
McCormick Theological Seminary | Chicago, lllinois
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Princeton Theological Seminary | Princeton, New Jersey
Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary | Atlanta, Georgia
Union Presbyterian Seminary | Richmond, Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina
Seminaries Related to the PC(USA) by Covenant Agreement
Auburn Theological Seminary | New York, New York
Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico | San Juan, Puerto Rico
Following the merger of the San Francisco Theological Seminary (https://sfts.edu) with the Graduate School of Theology of the University of the Redlands in 2019, the Committee on Theological Education (COTE) is currently in discussion with the Seminary and the University regarding their relationship and the Seminary’s membership in COTE.