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Your Presbyterian Theological Seminaries at a Glance


Photograph of two men, one in graduation robe and hat.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 12 seminaries have been entrusted to provide the educational foundation pastors need to be able to preach, teach, pray and lead.

Together they:

  • 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, follow the links below to visit the school’s Web site.

COTE members, both covenant and institutional, include the following:
Auburn Theological Seminary | New York, New York

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary | Austin, Texas

Columbia Theological Seminary | Decatur, Georgia

Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary | Atlanta, Georgia

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary | Louisville, Kentucky

McCormick Theological Seminary |  Chicago, lllinois

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Princeton Theological Seminary | Princeton, New Jersey

San Francisco Theological Seminary | San Anselmo, California

Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico | San Juan, Puerto Rico

Union Presbyterian Seminary | Richmond, Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina

University of Dubuque Theological Seminary | Dubuque, Iowa