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What degrees are offered at Saint Paul School of Theology?
We offer a Master's of Divinity, a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies and a Doctor of Ministry degree. 
 
Why should I choose Saint Paul?
Saint Paul School of Theology educates leaders to make disciples for Jesus Christ, renew the church and transform the world. We offer seminary graduate degree programs, Course of Study, laity development, and continuing education. No matter which path you choose, Saint Paul School of Theology offers the courses, experiences, and degree programs to help you find your way in today's world.

Saint Paul has a long tradition of integrating practical experiences in ministry with work in the classroom to prepare men and women for leadership in the church. We are one seminary with two innovative, vibrant collaborations that make up our two campus locations.

The Greater Kansas City campus is enriched by a collaboration with the capacities and varied ministries of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Students will be exposed to state-of-the art technology that can enhance how they connect with their churches and communities in the 21st century.  To learn more: http://www.spst.edu/KC

The Oklahoma City campus with its partnership with Oklahoma City University, the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference and the Oklahoma United Methodist Indian Missionary Conference offers unique opportunities in Native American ministries and restorative justice/prison ministries. For more detailed information on the Oklahoma City campus, visit them online: http://www.spst.edu/ok

How long will it take to complete my degree?
The Master of Divinity can be completed in three years of full-time study, although about half of our full-time students in this program take four years.

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries and Master of Arts in Theological Studies can be completed in two years of full-time study, though many full-time students in these programs take three years.

The Doctor of Ministry can be completed over of period of three to six years.
 
What if I am not called to be a pastor? Can I still attend seminary?
Absolutely! Many students enter seminary uncertain of their career path. Saint Paul is a great place to explore your gifts and talents and discern your calling for Christian ministry.

What is practical ministry? Is the curriculum up to date?
Our educational model combines the best learning from both professors and practitioners. Students come together with faculty, experienced pastors, and ministry staff both inside and outside of the classroom setting.

Yes. The curriculum for all of our master's degree programs has been updated and streamlined for today's seminary student. The number of credit hours have been reduced to save students times and tuition costs. We have increased the amount of faculty contact and have added a strong practical ministry aspect to our degrees. Mid-degree and summative assessment courses ensure that our students are on track and prepared for real-world ministry settings.

Is Saint Paul accredited?
Yes.  Saint Paul School of Theology is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada as well as the Higher Learning Commission and a member of North Central Association.  Saint Paul School of Theology is also approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.  
 
How soon can I start taking classes?
New master's students may begin at the start of either the Fall or Spring Semester.   Doctor of Ministry cohorts begin with a two-week on-campus intensive session each January.

For specific dates, consult our academic calendar: http://www.spst.edu/academic-calendar

What are the application deadlines?
Master's, Doctoral and certificate student are admitted year around on a rolling basis. However, you must be admitted in order to be eligible for a scholarship or other financial aid so it is always best to apply early! 
 
Is there an application fee?
There is an application fee of $50 for the Master's programs and $60 for the Doctor of Ministry program. Currently, we are waiving this application fee. There is also a $125 confirmation fee required once a student has been admitted into the program. 

Are scholarships and financial aid available?
Saint Paul is committed to working with you to make an excellent education for ministry affordable. Almost all students receive financial assistance through scholarships, grants, denominational support, or government loans, with nearly 80% receiving need-based grants from Saint Paul. You can finance your education with a combination of these resources and a paid contextual education position.  We also encourage you to apply for private scholarships or grants from sources outside Saint Paul. To learn more about scholarships and grants:  http://www.spst.edu/Scholarships-Grants

Where is your campus located?
We are one seminary with two innovative, vibrant collaborations that make up our two campus locations in Greater Kansas City and Oklahoma City.  Saint Paul School of Theology and the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection recently formed a groundbreaking educational collaboration. In the Fall of 2013, the seminary will begin its first classes at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.  Since 2008, Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University has been preparing leaders for ministry. Both campuses share in each other's strengths through interactive video-equipped classrooms. Each of our two campuses share a common commitment to spiritual formation and academic rigor. Together, we are integrating theological studies with real-world ministry. 

Can I arrange a visit?
Yes! You can click here to schedule: http://www.spst.edu/Visit . We offer both individual visits and regularly scheduled open houses. Both offer the opportunity to tour campus, talk with admissions and financial aid counselors, sit in on a class, and meet faculty members and current students.   To ensure a productive trip, please contact us in advance.

Do I have to be a United Methodist to attend Saint Paul?
No. Although Saint Paul School of Theology is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and founded on the legacy of John Wesley, our students represent a diversity of faiths, races, and cultures. Our faculty and curriculum also reflect and embrace this diversity, giving students the strong foundation they need to be part of a growing pluralistic religious society. At Saint Paul, our rich ecumenical environment emphasizes the Wesleyan traditions of personal holiness and social transformation.


Do you have more detailed information on admissions requirements?
We do. For a thorough explanation of our admission requirements and process, click here:
http://www.spst.edu/applying-to-saint-paul

Have a question that doesn't seem to be answered? Please ask via email at admiss@spst.edu or by calling us in the admissions office at 800-825-0378.


Greater Kansas City Campus
4370 West 109th Street, Suite 300
Overland Park, KS 66211
Phone number: 913-253-5000
Fax number: 913-253-5075
Oklahoma City University Campus
2501 North Blackwelder Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone number: 405-208-5757
Fax number: 405-208-6046