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Graduate Programs Grand Rapids Theological Seminary of Cornerstone University

  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 34%66%
    student ratio
  • 228
    total students
  • $6,930 | $6,930
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • August 15
    fall application deadline
  • 90%
    acceptance rate
  • 14 Degrees
    degrees offered


Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) is a multi-denominational graduate theological school located in Grand Rapids, MI. GRTS has been preparing pastors, ministry leaders, missionaries, and counselors for service since 1948. The seminary is located a few miles from downtown Grand Rapids and is part of the overall Cornerstone University campus. There are many shops and restaurants nearby along with hiking trails, bike paths, and more, and Lake Michigan is only 40 minutes away. GRTS is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

GRTS is a private school in a suburban setting.

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary offers a variety of academic programs, including the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, and Master of Theology degrees.

The Master of Divinity degree is historically considered to be the standard educational preparation for ministry within a local church or ministry. The 94-credit program can be completed in 3 years and includes classes in the areas of "Bible," "Theology," and "Ministry Leadership." In addition, students can specialize in particular areas of ministry by choosing their specializations in any of the following: pastoral ministry, intercultural ministry, student & family ministry, adult ministry, women's studies, counseling ministry, or chaplaincy. The M.Div. program is distinguished by its emphasis on studying the Bible in the original languages, and in the integration of academic study and practical ministry experience. The MDiv includes a Ministry Residency requirement where students serve in a church or ministry setting while completing their degree program.

The Master of Arts degree is offered with a number of different options for specialization. The M.A. Counseling program is designed to prepare students for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC). The 72-credit program includes all of the counseling courses that the State of Michigan requires for the licensure process. Graduates of this program serve in a number of different roles including establishing a private practice, shared practice, or working for another type of organization. These may deal with marriage and family counseling, addictions counseling, career counseling, etc.

The Master of Arts in Christian Formation, Intercultural Ministries, and Interdisciplinary Studies are designed to prepare students for various ministry roles. Unlike the Master of Divinity degree the study of Greek and Hebrew is not required. Each program provides a different emphasis and includes foundational classes in "Bible," "Theology," and "Ministry."

The Master of Arts in New Testament, Old Testament, Systematic Theology, and Historical Theology is designed to prepare students for further academic study or for ministry roles. Each program allows students to pursue study in areas of interest within each discipline and can serve as a basis for the Master of Theology (ThM) degree program, or for doctoral studies.

The Master of Theology (ThM) program is offered for students who have completed the Master of Divinity degree or the Master of Arts degree in the field of either "Bible" or "Theology." Students can specialize in one of the following areas; "Old Testament," "New Testament," "Systematic Theology," or "Historical Theology." This degree provides opportunities for research in a particular area of study under the specific guidance of a GRTS faculty member.

The faculty members at GRTS are dedicated to teaching and research that prepares students for ministry service. Student learning is central to the work of GRTS and the faculty members seek to develop biblical, theological, and ministry knowledge within students. This learning approach also deeply values spiritual formation and critical thinking so that students can be effective in ministry.

Tuition for full-time students is $10780, with around three quarters of students receiving financial aid. Grants, scholarships, and federal loans are all available. Students must submit the FAFSA form along with a school scholarship application each year.

The total student body is 315 students with 70% part-time and 30 full-time; 41% of students are female, 59% male; 67% are Caucasian and 33% students of color.

Location & Contact

Graduate Programs

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary of Cornerstone University

1001 East Beltline Avenue, NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-5897
United States

Dr. Douglas Fagerstrom

Mrs. Tara Kram

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Christian Education Master of Divinity (M Div)
      Master of Arts (MA)
    • Pastoral Studies Master of Divinity (M Div)
    • New Testament Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Theology (Th M)
    • Old Testament Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Theology (Th M)
    • Systematic Theology Master of Arts (MA)
    • Intercultural Studies Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Divinity (M Div)
    • Biblical Counseling Master of Arts (MA)
    • Theology Master of Theology (Th M)
    • Chaplaincy Master of Divinity (M Div)
    • Biblical Counseling Master of Divinity (M Div)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


90% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 160
    • Accepted 145
    • Acceptance Rate 90
    • Enrolled 107
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic Not Reported
    • Application Fee - International Not Reported
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline August 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline January 10th Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 577 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$6,930
    • Out-of-state tuition *$6,930
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$520.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsAugust 15
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students228
    • Female Percentage34%
    • Male Percentage66%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students228
    • Part-time Percentage55%
    • Full-time Percentage45%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino1%
    • Black / African American13%
    • White / Caucasian84%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian1%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty19
    • Full-time Percentage47%
    • Part-time Percentage53%
    • Female Percentage11%
    • Male Percentage89%





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