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Princeton Theological Seminary

2017–2018 2018–2019 Catalogue

Two Hundred and Sixth Seventh Year
64 Mercer Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540


This catalogue is an account of the academic year 2016–2017 2017–2018 and an announcement of the proposed program for the 2017–2018 2018–2019 academic year. While it has been prepared based on the best information available at the time of its publication, all information, including statements of fees, course offerings, and admission and graduation requirements, is subject to change without notice. This catalogue should not be construed as a contract between the Seminary and any potential, current, or former student or any third party. The projected programs for 2017–2018 2018–2019 are subject to change without notice and are in no way binding upon the Seminary. Tuition and fees listed herein cover the 2017–2018 2018–2019 academic year and are also subject to change in subsequent years without notice. At all times, Princeton Theological Seminary acts as permitted by law, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability in its admission policies and educational programs. The associate dean for institutional diversity and community engagement (Multicultural Relations Office, Templeton Hall, 609.688.1941) has been designated to handle inquiries and grievances under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and other federal nondiscrimination statutes.


Princeton Theological Seminary is accredited by the
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of
Theological Schools (ATS)

10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110

The following degree programs are approved:

Princeton Theological Seminary is a member of the
American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR)
and the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium (HTIC).

Princeton Theological Seminary is licensed by the State of New Jersey.

This catalog catalogue is true and correct in content and policy.

©2017 ©2018 Princeton Theological Seminary. All rights reserved as to text, drawings, and photographs. Republication in whole or part is prohibited. Princeton Theological Seminary, the Princeton Seminary Catalogue, and the logos of Princeton Theological Seminary are all trademarks of Princeton Theological Seminary.

Excerpts from Hugh T. Kerr, ed. Sons of the Prophets: Leaders in Protestantism from Princeton Seminary, copyright ©1963 by Princeton University Press, reprinted with permission.


A professional and graduate school of related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Seminary stands within the Reformed tradition, affirming 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.


To read back over the wording of the original “Design of the Seminary” is to perceive the early growth of the modern development in theological education in America—though the Princeton innovators were not at all thinking of breaking new ground except in the literal sense. They were prophetic enough, however, and among other things the “Design” noted that the purpose of the Seminary was to unite in those who shall sustain the ministerial office, religion and literature; that piety of the heart, which is the fruit only of the renewing and sanctifying grace of God, with solid learning; believing that religion without learning, or learning without religion, in the ministers of the gospel, must ultimately prove injurious to the church

The dialectic suggested in the juxtaposition of piety and learning deserves some comment. It is an apt text for expounding the peculiar genius of Princeton Seminary and its view of theological education. The piety side of the formula stems from the accent on personal salvation, the experience of repentance and forgiveness, the Christian life of faith, justification, and sanctification, the reality of new selfhood in Jesus Christ, all of which can be traced to the roots of American religion, whether of the Puritan, Calvinist, Lutheran, Quaker, Wesleyan, or “left-wing” Reformation traditions. So it was that Princeton Seminary, as was true of most other divinity schools, deliberately defined itself as a school of “that piety of the heart,” a training center for church leaders of all sorts, which specialized in preaching, the cure of souls, evangelism, and missions. To be sure, there were many at Princeton unsympathetic with much of the methodology of the new pietism and revivalism; but regarding the religious goals interpreted as personal salvation, “the fruit only of the renewing and sanctifying grace of God,” there was unanimity between thumping revivalists and proper Princetonians.


The worship life of the chapel is coordinated by the minister of the chapel and the director of music under the supervision of the president of the Seminary. The Directory for Worship of the Presbyterian Church (USA) provides a guideline for the ordering of worship. However, we encourage and welcome worship leadership and participation from the broad range of faith traditions that we find within the Seminary community. This adds to the rich texture of worship life here at Princeton Seminary and reflects the diversity of Christ’s church in the world. The ministry of the chapel is also enriched by the chapel office program and publications manager, student chapel assistants, and sextons who prepare the space and provide hospitality for worship and special events.


The Seminary engages in ongoing evaluation of its educational effectiveness which, as an institution of the PC(USA), is measured in part through: 1) graduation rates, 2) completion rates, 3) PC(USA) ordination exam pass rates, 4) student's rating of effectiveness in preparation with primary areas of the core curriculum, and 5) placement.

1) Graduation rate for 20152016-2016 2017 class: 92% 91% for Master of Divinity, 100% for Master of Arts in Christian Education and Formation, 75% for Master of Arts (Theological Studies), 91% 88% for Master of Theology (ThM), and 85% 73% for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

2) Completion rates for the 2015–2016 2016–2017 graduating class:

  • 81% of the Master of Divinity (MDiv) graduates completed the degree in 3 years, 15% 17% in 4 years, and 3% 2% in 5 years.
  • 73% 74% of the Master of Theology (ThM) graduates completed the degree in 1 year and 23% , 15% in 2 years, 4% in 3 years, 4% in 4 years, and 4% in 5 years.
  • 100% of the Master of Arts in Christian Education and Formation (MACEF) graduates completed the degree in 2 years.
  • 67% 90% of the Master of Arts (Theological Studies) (MA(TS)) graduates completed the degree in 2 years and 33% 10% in 3 years.
  • The 2016 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduates completed the degree in an average of 6.6 years.

3) PC(USA) October 2016 2017 ordination exam pass rates for Princeton Theological Seminary students:

  • Biblical Exegesis: 88% 82% (national average: 68%70%)
  • Theological Competence: 80% 73% (national average: 81%72%)
  • Worship and Sacraments: 100% 87% (national average: 76%78%)
  • Polity: 100% 82% (national average: 84%83%)

4) 2016 2017 graduating MDiv students’ rating of educational effectiveness in facilitating skills in the primary areas of the core curriculum as reported on the ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire (Average rating based on a 5-point scale: 1-Not at all effective, 2-Not very effective, 3-Somewhat effective, 4-Effective, 5-Very Effective):

  • Ability to think theologically: 4.4
  • Ability to use and interpret Scripture: 4.42
  • Ability to think theologicallyrelate social issues to faith: 4.52
  • Knowledge of church history and doctrine: 4.21
  • Ability to preach well: 4.21
  • Ability to work effectively with women and men: 4.1

5) Placement information for various graduating classes:

MDiv and ThM Graduates

  • Placement for the 20142015-2015 2016 graduating MDiv, Dual, and MA students : 41% who have reported to the Placement Office: 46% in church ministry placement, 29% in non-church placement, 20% 25% on to further study, and 9% unknown1% non-ministry placement.
    • Church ministry: pastor (senior/associate/youth/campus), Christian education director
    • Non-church ministry: chaplain (college/hospital/military), teacher at a Christian school
  • PTS MDiv and ThM graduates have been accepted into PhD programs at institutions such as Duke Divinity School, Eastern University, Fuller Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton University, Rutgers University, University of Aberdeen, University of Edinburgh, University of North Carolina, University of Notre Dame, University of Toronto, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Yale University, and others.

PhD Graduates

  • Placement for PhD graduates from 2010–20152010–2017: 66% 67% in higher education faculty positions, 20% 18% in professional clergy/ministry positions, 10% in 4% in post-doctoral fellowships, 5% in other professional positions (private and nonprofit enterprises, post-doctoral fellowships, higher education administration), and 4% 6% unknown.
  • PTS PhD graduates are serving at institutions such as Azusa Pacific University, Candler School of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, Drew University, Duke Divinity School, Episcopal Divinity School, Harvard University, Iliff School of Theology, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary (Seoul, Korea), Princeton Theological Seminary, Seattle Pacific University, Seigakuin University (Japan), Seminário Teológico Batista do Nordeste (Brazil), Taiwan Theological College and Seminary, Tokyo Christian University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Union Presbyterian Seminary, University of Chicago Divinity School, University of Edinburgh, University of Geneva (Switzerland), University of Munich, University of Notre Dame, Villanova University, Wesley Theological Seminary, Wheaton College, Yale Divinity School, Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea), and others.