Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Ready to take your next steps toward God’s calling? We’re here to answer your questions about our seminary school. Start by reading our frequently asked questions below, or feel free to contact our offices directly.

What makes Saint Paul School of Theology unique?

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 our churches, communities, city streets, and country roads. We are one seminary with two innovative, vibrant collaborations that make up our two campus locations. To learn more, visit Why Saint Paul.

Are scholarships and financial aid available?

Academic scholarships are based upon prior college GPA and can range from $250-$7000 for qualified students. 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. Learn more about scholarships and grants here

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. Learn more about our certificates and degrees:

Which theology degree is right for me?

If you are seeking ordination as an elder in The United Methodist Church or other denominational tradition:  MDiv

If you anticipate a sacramental ministry, in which you consecrate the communion elements and bless the waters of baptism:  MDiv

If you want to serve in The United Methodist itinerant ministry and be appointed by the bishop to serve in a particular location:  MDiv

If you are considering service as a chaplain in a hospital setting or in hospice care: MDiv, MACM

If you plan to seek ordination as a deacon in The United Methodist Church:  MACM

If you would like to seek out your own ministry setting on a church staff or some type of social services helping agency:  MACM

If you are thinking about further graduate school education, like a PhD in theological studies: MATS

If you are looking for an exciting journey through which you experience the grace and gift of growing closer to God: MDiv, MACM, MATS 

Learn more about our theology degrees.

Do you offer 100% online Masters degrees?

Saint Paul offers three Master level degrees - Master of Divinity (MDIV), Master of Christian Ministry (MACM) and the Master of Theological Studies (MATS). Per the standards of our accrediting agency, the MATS is the only Master level degree offered 100% online. The other two degrees require 1/3 of the degree to be taken on-campus. Saint Paul satisfies this by offering a Focus Week each semester which can allow you to complete the MDIV and MACM by only traveling to campus once a semester for the duration of your program.

If you are interested in ordination as a deacon or elder in the United Methodist Church, 1/3 of your degree must be taken on-campus.

Learn more about our theology degrees.

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