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Frequently Asked Questions

What do you believe?

Standing in the tradition of historic evangelical confessionalism, Grimké Seminary affirms the Foundation Documents of The Gospel Coalition. Learn more on our Statement of Faith page.

What degrees do you offer?

Grimké Seminary offers a variety of degree programs to our students. We offer a Master of Sacred Theology (STM), Master of Theological Studies (MTS) with or without a concentration, and a Bachelor of Divinity (BDiv).

How long does it take to finish a degree?

All our degrees may be completed in two years of full-time enrollment. Full-time enrollment consists of 9 credit hours per semester for our STM and MTS without concentration (36 credit hours total), and 12 credit hours per semester for our BDiv and MTS with concentration (48 credit hours total).

What is the cost of the program?

We offer classes at the competitive rate of $232/credit hour—about half the tuition rate of most seminaries—making the total cost of tuition $8,340 a 36 credit hour program (STM and MTS) and $11,120 for a 48 credit hour program (BDiv and MTS with a concentration).

How does the learning model work at Grimké?

There are three components to the learning model at Grimké: in-person (intensive classes held in Richmond, VA twice a semester), online (students interact with their professors via Canvas throughout the semester), and in context (local church partnerships). The blended learning model of Grimké allows our students to have a rich educational experience without relocating.

What should I expect from Grimké intensive classes?

Twice a semester, Grimké students travel to Richmond, VA for three full days of in-person instruction (6 total days each semester) in a traditional classroom setting and participate in varied learning activities with their classmates. Outside of the classroom, students and professors share meals, enjoy times of fellowship and formal services for worship, prayer, and teaching. Students are responsible for covering costs and arranging their own travel and board.

How does the Church Partnership work?

The local church is the ultimate context for understanding and applying theology. It also provides qualified practitioners with the means for overseeing the growth and development of those under their care. For this reason, local church pastors agree to partner with Grimké seminary and provide personal discipleship, support, and ministry opportunities to our students during their time enrolled in our program.

What if I’m not part of a local church now?

The Christian life is not a solo endeavor; we are saved from sin specifically for life with Christ and his people  (Titus 2:14). Therefore, all students applying to Grimké Seminary who are currently not members in a local church should remedy this situation immediately by joining themselves to a like-minded body of believers that is led by pastors who can say with Paul, “Follow me as I follow Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1).

What if I am already a Lead Pastor?

If you are already serving as a lead pastor in a local church, Grimké Seminary will provide you with a seasoned mentor from our list of approved coaches. The coaches will work with the students to determine meeting times, formats, and any fees that may apply (1 Tim. 5:18).

Do you only train pastors and planters?

Grimké Seminary exists specifically and exclusively to train qualified men who are current or aspiring pastors and church planters for the local church.

Can I transfer credits from other schools?

Yes. Grimké Seminary is glad to receive students desiring to transfer from other schools. Up to 9 credit hours may be transferred in. Courses eligible to transfer will be determined on an individual basis. Contact us at admin@grimkeseminary.org if you would like our academic board to conduct an official transcript review.

How does the Bachelor of Divinity relate to further education?

The Bachelor of Divinity (BDiv) is a professional baccalaureate degree for qualifying students that is identical in curriculum and requirements to the MTS with a concentration. The program is designed for men who are endorsed by their local church to pursue theological education but who lack a bachelor’s degree from a  recognized institution of higher learning. The BDiv will not convey academic standing for future degrees in most cases. College-aged students interested in Grimké Seminary are strongly encouraged to complete a  traditional liberal arts degree before enrolling in our Master of Theological Studies program.

How do I apply?

Click here to begin the application process today. Our Office of Administration will send you links and instructions to complete your application.

When are applications due?

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Contact our Office of Administration at admin@grimkeseminary.org for specific semester dates and application deadlines.

Do you have another question?

Contact our Office of Administration if you would like to continue the conversation about Grimké.

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