University description (as per official university website)
The Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is located in Austin, Texas. Presbyterian ministers Robert Lewis Dabney and Richmond Kelley Smoot established the seminary in 1902. It offers masterís and doctoral degrees to students in courses like divinity, theological studies and ministry. The school also offers continuing education programs to its students.
Austin Seminary is a warm and friendly place to pursue a serious theological education. Our students come from a wide range of denominations, age groups, geographical areas, educational backgrounds, cultural heritages, and theological perspectives, creating a rich and challenging educational environment. Community and camaraderie are among the fringe benefits of the instructional programs at Austin Seminary. Living, working, and worshiping together, students and faculty develop friendships and professional relationships that last a lifetime.
President Theodore J. Wardlaw heads a faculty of twenty-five scholars representing a dozen different disciplines. Austin Seminary professors understand their academic work to be in the service of the church. Most faculty members have experienced parish ministry first-hand and all are currently engaged in the life of the church from the local to the national level. A diverse group, our resident faculty includes scholars of different traditions and philosophies; their classes blend practical discussions of pastoral work with deep theological insight.
For the glory of God and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is a seminary in the Presbyterian-Reformed tradition whose mission is to educate and equip individuals for the ordained Christian ministry and other forms of Christian service and leadership; to employ its resources in the service of the church; to promote and engage in critical theological thought and research; and to be a winsome and exemplary community of God's people.
At the end of the nineteenth century, two Presbyterian pastors - Dr. Robert Lewis Dabney and the Rev. Richmond Kelley Smoot - looked to the dusty expanses of the American frontier and dreamed a dream. Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, founded in 1902, was the result of their vision and labor. Established under the auspices of the Synod of Texas in the Presbyterian Church in the United States, Austin Seminary began its mission of educating and equipping ministers for the Southwestern United States. It wasn't long, however, before the institution blossomed and grew beyond the wildest visions of its forebears. Soon, Austin Seminary was training women and men for a variety of ministries throughout the nation and world.
At the dawning of a new century, Austin Seminary stands poised on the cutting edge of church and culture. Today, our frontiers are technological, demographic, and philosophical. The Seminary seeks to blaze innovative and imaginative paths through each of these frontiers, without forsaking its responsibility to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Reformed theological tradition. A superb faculty of scholars and teachers serve as pioneers and mentors in the faith to each new class of prospective pastors, lighting the way for the church of the twenty-first century.
Many of the costs of preparing women and men for ministry are already subsidized through the benevolence of alumni/ae and other friends of Austin Seminary. The remainder of the cost - tuition, housing, and fees - can often be covered or lessened through Austin Seminary's excellent scholarships and financial aid. Students may also seek assistance from their denomination.
Persons applying for admission in the MATS and MDiv programs will receive the current Financial Aid Policies and Guidelines in order to form an opinion of the financial feasibility of pursuing graduate study at Austin Seminary. Seminary Tuition Grants are available to qualified MATS and MDiv applicants who demonstrate need; an on-campus job may also help to defray the costs of textbooks and more. Austin Seminary participates in the Federal Stafford Student Loan Program.