Degree Programs

Degrees Awarded

City Seminary has two graduate degree programs. Auditing and a non-degree certificate of study are also available. Male and female students may be admitted to the Master of Theological Studies program. The Master of Divinity degree is open to male students seeking preparation for the preaching ministry, 

Graduate Degrees:

Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)
Master of Divinity (M.Div.).

Graduate Degree Programs of Study

These degrees are available for those who have secured at least a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and successfully complete all the requirements of the program for graduation. All graduate degree programs require that the student has first earned an undergraduate college degree, typically a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

1. Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

The program of study for the M.Div. is designed to produce a well-rounded, knowledgable, and competent minister of the gospel. The M.Div. is a graduate degree awarded to those who have successfully completed 98 semester credit hours in the disciplines of Systematics, Biblical Languages, Apologetics, Church History, Pastoral Studies, and studies in both Old and New Testament. All courses offered at City Seminary are required for this degree, except those marked “elective.”   There is an order to theological instruction that builds upon previously laid foundations. Students should attempt, whenever possible, to take courses in the recommended sequence. A suggested schedule may be secured from the Registrar. Students from the Reformed Church in the United States are to complete the Casimir College curriculum as well. The M.Div. normally takes a full-time student four years to complete.

2. Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

The degree of Master of Theological Studies is a graduate degree awarded to those who have completed 48 semester credit hours of seminary instruction. Each candidate for this degree must choose an area of concentration, e.g., Apologetics, Church History, New Testament, Old Testament, Practical Theology, or Systematics. All non-elective courses in the chosen area of concentration, as well as their prerequisites, will be required for the degree. Further, PT601, ST551 and ST591 will be required for each concentration. The student will complete his degree with courses from the other disciplines. The M.T.S. normally takes a full-time student two years to complete.

Note: The M.T.S. degree may be subsequently awarded to those who have earned the Associate of Theological Studies (A.T.S.) degree upon presentation, at a later date, of evidence that the graduate has earned and been awarded a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. At the time of application for the upgraded degree, the student must pay a fifty dollar ($50) fee and submit a thirty-page paper, with a minimum bibliography of thirty recognized scholarly resources, demonstrating his ability to integrate theological education with other disciplines of learning.

Admissions Policies and Criteria

Prospective students should apply by using the downloaded application available on our website. In order to be admitted as a degree candidate in the Seminary, the applicant must also present the following credentials to the Registrar:

  • A completed application on a form supplied by the Registrar. Applications are available on City Seminary’s website (www.CitySeminary.org).
  • A letter of recommendation from the minister or governing board of the church of which the applicant is a member, or other satisfactory source, stating in the estimation of the writer, the applicant’s moral character, general ability and special fitness to pursue theological studies.
  • A statement from the applicant giving his reasons for wishing to pursue a course of theological study.
  • A full academic transcript of the applicant’s college work. If more than one college was attended, there should be a transcript from each. If he has not completed a regular course of academic study, the applicant may be required to sustain examinations in subjects essential in order to profitably matriculate into the course of study at the Seminary.

These materials should be forwarded to the Registrar of the Seminary at the following address as soon as the student has determined to enroll.

The Registrar

City Seminary of Sacramento 

2020 16th Ave.

Sacramento, CA 95822

The Seminary will examine the student’s credentials to ascertain whether the applicant is of good moral character and possesses the appropriate demeanor and prior education necessary for theological study.

Applicants for the M.Div. or M.T.S. degrees, must provide a transcript showing the attainment of the Bachelor of Arts degree, or its academic equivalent, with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Courses in the undergraduate program should include philosophy, history, and languages.

The Seminary may grant admission on the basis of the credentials submitted or it may make one or more of the following requests of the candidate:

  • To meet with a representative of the Seminary for a personal interview.
  • To take one or more of the Graduate Record Examinations administered six times a year at various centers throughout the country.
  • To provide a physician’s health certificate.

The Seminary does not carry medical insurance for students. Health insurance is the sole responsibility of each student.

Financial Aid

City Seminary of Sacramento seeks to provide a sound, biblical, theological education to all qualified
candidates for the ministry and to those who seek to improve their understanding of God’s Word.
Although scholarship funds—which are supplied by the generous contributions of local churches,
church members and City Seminary sponsored events—are limited, it is the goal of City Seminary
that all those who desire to enroll in classes for credit may do so, irrespective of financial ability.
Please the online Financial Aid form or print out and return by mail. A member of the Financial Aid
Committee will contact you.

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