Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Type Seminary
Established 1902
Affiliation Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
President Theodore J. Wardlaw
Dean David H. Jensen
Academic staff
Students 260
Location Austin, Texas, United States

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is a Presbyterian seminary in Austin, Texas. Austin Seminary was founded in 1902 to provide pastors for the rapidly growing Presbyterian Church in the frontier Southwest.[1] It opened its doors on October 1, 1902, at Ninth and Navasota streets.[2]

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is related to the Synod of the Sun and to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It is one of the ten official PC(USA) seminaries. Its 12-acre (49,000 m2) campus is located near the University of Texas at Austin. The Seminary is approved by The University Senate of The United Methodist Church.

The school is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a member of the Council of Southwestern Theological Schools, American Schools of Oriental Research, and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

Austin Seminary currently offers four degree programs: the Master of Divinity (MDiv), a three-year professional degree program designed to prepare students for ordained ministry; the Master of Arts in Ministry Practice (MAMP), a two-year program designed to equip students for Christian leadership in a variety of settings; the Master of Arts (Theological Studies) (MATSa two-year academic degree ; and the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degreeA dual-degree program established by Austin Seminary and The University of Texas at Austin provides master’s-level students the opportunity to complete concurrently, the requirements for two degrees: the Master of Divinity and the Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW). The program is designed to be completed in four years of full-time study. The seminary has seventeen resident faculty members who serve in three main academic departments: the Biblical Department, theDepartment of the Church's Ministry, and the Theological-Historical Department..

Austin Seminary also offers a dual degree program that allows students to work towards the completion of two degrees. This three-year program allows students to earn both a Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) through the University of Texas at Austin and an M.Div. through Austin Seminary at the same time.

The seminary has fourteen full-time faculty members who serve three main departments: the Theological-Historical Department, the Department of the Church's Ministry, and the Biblical Department.

Students in the MDiv degree program are required to attain competency in biblical languages and study biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek with the eventual goal of exegeting biblical texts. Additional requirements of the MDiv program include a practical internship (Supervised Practice of Ministry), courses in theology, church history, worship, preaching, and pastoral care, as well as a Senior Capstone Seminar in which students explicitly and purposefully integrate their theological education The school's main buildings include McCord Community Center, McMillan Memorial Classroom Building, Trull Administration Building, the David L. and Jane Stitt Library, Shelton Chapel, and student residential buildings, including Currie Hall (a co-ed dormitory), and the John F. and Nancy Anderson House apartments. The current president is Theodore J. Wardlaw who has held the position since 2002.

The school's main buildings include Currie Hall (a co-ed dormitory), Anderson House (a co-ed dormitory), McCord Community Center, McMillan Classroom Building, Trull Administration Building, Stitt Library, and Shelton Chapel.

The current president is Theodore J. Wardlaw, who has held the position since 2002.

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Coordinates: 30°17′32″N 97°44′16″W / 30.2923°N 97.7377°W / 30.2923; -97.7377


  1. "Austin Seminary at a Glance". Presbyterian Mission Agency. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  2. "Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
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