University description (as per official university website)
Identity & Mission
Evangelical in Character
Though diverse in its makeup and broad in its theological perspective, HGST consciously identifies itself with historic evangelical Christianity. We confess our faith in Jesus Christ and commit our lives to him and to the service of his church. We affirm our faith, not in order to exclude from the circle of faith those who may differ on some point, but rather to offer a positive witness to the reality of our experience of Christ as Lord and Redeemer within the community of faith that has nurtured us.
Multicultural in Makeup
Like the city from which we draw our name, Houston Graduate School of Theology brings together people from a wide range of ethnic, cultural, economic, and language backgrounds to form a single new entity--what we call the HGST Family. Here, the only group in the majority is those who love God and seek to serve God through a variety of ministries. We live each day in the rewarding challenge of building unity in the midst of our diversity.
HGST seeks to serve men and women of all faith traditions by offering a variety of educational opportunities as preparation for Christian ministry. The mission of Houston Graduate School of Theology is empowering spiritual leadership through the intellectual, spiritual and vocational development of men and women in order to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.
This mission is accomplished by promoting the growth of our students in three areas:
the mind is challenged and strengthened;
the spirit is guided and formed;
the calling of God is discerned, yielded to, confirmed, and cultivated.
HGST currently enrolls approximately 240 students representing 30 different denominational traditions. Our student body is ethnically diverse, with no single group comprising a majority.
As in seminaries across the country, many of our students are responding to a call to ministry as a second or subsequent career. Therefore, our average age is in the mid to upper 30's.
Our students attend classes during the day, in the evening, or both. Some are full-time students, while others attend only part-time. Most work at other jobs while they attend HGST. Many are already pastors of local churches.
Because there is no housing on campus, all of our students commute.
Master's degree: An accredited baccalaureate degree and a concern for Christian Ministry. A few mature special students work on non-degree certificates.
Doctor of Ministry: M.Div. degree or equivalent, three years of professional ministry service after the M.Div. has been awarded, and a minimum B grade average in M.Div. work.
Tuition & Fees
See the current edition of the HGST Catalog for tuition and fees.
HGST students may participate in the federal guaranteed student loan program.
HGST is eligible to participate in VA benefit programs as regulated by federal law.
Some scholarships are available through church denominations and other sources. Contact Linda Long in Financial Aid for information.