The traditional seminary education focused on training priests, ministers and pastors. In many ways, this focus remains the core mission of many seminaries. There are many different courses, majors and areas of study available however. For example, did you know that you can study ancient languages like Hebrew and Greek? These languages are commonly taught to students to help them understand the Bible and even make their own translation from the original sources. In order to better understand the academic experience provided by these institutions, consider these two examples. To find other colleges, consult the American Association of Christian Colleges and Seminaries and other related educational organizations.
Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary
Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary, located in Lansdale, PA, offers five degree programs to students:
- Doctor of Ministry (30 credit hours)
- Master of Divinity (96 credit hours)
- Master of Theology (28 credit hours)
- Master of Arts - Theological Studies (36 credit hours)
- Master of Arts - Christian Ministry (36 credit hours)
Courses available at Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary include church history, Pastoral Theology, Missions, Systematic Theology, New Testament, Old Testament, Christian Education and Pastoral Counseling. Tuition rates are $400-$500 per credit.
Geneva Reformed Seminary
In contrast to Calvary, Geneva Reformed Seminary (Greenville, South Carolina) follows the Reformed teachings originally inspired by John Calvin. More specifically, the seminary is focused on students from Free Presbyterian Churches, but others may also apply. This institution offers three types of programs:
- Bachelor's degrees
- Master's degrees
- Certificate programs.
Most students study the Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, Church History and Practical Theology. The field of practical theology prepares students for the challenges of church leadership and administration. Tuition rates per credit hour are approximately $150.
As these two examples show, seminary education tends to focus on the Bible, church history and applied subjects such as counseling and church administration.