Getting Started At GRTS.

Thank you for your interest in Grand Rapids Theological Seminary! You will be sent literature and contacted by a member of the Admissions team soon.

Attending seminary will strengthen and challenge your biblical understanding, theological framework and faith journey. Our degree programs are designed to further cultivate your spiritual transformation and equip you for future ministry.

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Your Next Steps

As you consider attending seminary we recommend the following steps:

  1. Learn about GRTS.
    Grand Rapids Theological Seminary is a multidenominational seminary located in west Michigan. We offer a variety of degree programs with unique specializations that provide specific training for ministry.  Most of our students qualify for financial aid through grants, scholarships, and loans. Courses are offered in the block scheduling format meaning each class meets only one time each week throughout the morning, afternoon, and evening hours.  For added flexibility with scheduling you can also take up to eight courses online and 2-week intensive classes are offered each January and during the summer semester. GRTS is part of Cornerstone University and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Association of Theological Schools.

  2. Visit campus.
    The best way to discover if GRTS is right for you is to visit campus. During a visit you can choose to sit in on a class, go to lunch with a professor, talk with current students, and sample the free coffee in the lounge for yourself! Join us for a personalized visit or one of our Preview Events throughout the year. You can RSVP for the visit day that is right for you. We look forward to hosting you!

  3. Connect with us. GRTS Twitter GRTS Facebook
    The Admissions team wants to hear your story and answer your unique questions about everything from determining which program is right for you to how much financial aid you may qualify for. You can reach us at 800.697.1133 or with any questions along the way!

  4. Select a program.
    GRTS offers a variety of programs that are designed to further prepare you for ministry and the counseling field. Our degree programs offer a foundational core of classes in Bible, theology, and counseling, and include the ability to pursue a specialization in a particular area of ministry. For a full list of programs and specializations click here.

  5. Apply to the seminary.
    When you are ready to apply to GRTS, the application process is easy to navigate. Our application forms are all available online and there is no application fee. We'll also need to provide contact information for a ministry reference and personal reference. These need to be two individuals who have known you for at least a year, are not relatives, and can attest to your Christian character and aptitude for graduate education. 

  6. Send official undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
    New and transfer students must provide official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate colleges attended for their file at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.  A minimum of a 2.5GPA is required for Admission. All transcripts must be sent from the originating schools directly to the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary's Admissions Office:

    GRTS Admissions Office
    1001 E. Beltline, NE
    Grand Rapids, MI  49525 

    Electronic transcripts can be sent to Grand Rapids Theological Seminary directly from the school via an electronic transfer service such as EScrip, National Student Clearinghouse or Parchment to the following email

  7. I'm accepted. Now what?
    Congratulations! We look forward to officially welcoming you at New Student Orientation. We will be contacting you soon about registering for classes, accepting financial aid, and preparing for your journey at seminary. You'll find the semester book list and syllabi on the Hoch Bookroom webpage as the first day of classes draws near.

Financial Aid

Don't forget to apply for financial aid! We offer institutional grants and scholarships, as well as facilitate federal loans. To qualify for institutional aid, you'll need to complete the FAFSA and our Seminary Scholarship application.

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