Choosing the next step in your education is a major decision that can be equal parts exciting and stressful. That’s why we’ve worked to make the Calvin Theological Seminary admissions process as easy and straightforward as possible. We love talking with potential students and are happy to answer your questions to help you through the application and admissions process.

Steps of the Admission Process

The purpose of the admissions process is for you to learn more about what Calvin Theological Seminary can offer you, as well as for the seminary to learn more about you and your calling. It allows our staff to begin to understand your unique skills and experiences and how Calvin can help develop those skills through our programs. We look forward to working with you to create a learning plan tailored to your academic and career goals.

Seminary School Requirements

Every program at Calvin has its own requirements. Our graduate degrees require a minimum cumulative GPA, and some require applicants to have taken classes in certain fields. We ask our PhD students to submit a short autobiography and statement of purpose so we can learn more about their backgrounds and goals. All degree programs require at least one reference.

Calvin’s Seminary Programs

Calvin offers a wide variety of programs to match our students’ diverse interests and career goals. We have several post-graduate and doctoral programs that allow students to work with staff to further specify their chosen field of study. We also offer a Certificate in Christian Leadership with a range of available concentrations, including Bible instruction, worship, ministry, and pastoral care. Some of our programs are also available fully in Spanish.

Online Seminary Programs

Many of our programs are available in an online or hybrid learning format. While our online seminary programs do not require students to study on Calvin’s campus in person, our hybrid courses require students to attend class on campus for one week each semester. This allows students a chance to get to know each other and their professors in a way that replicates an on-campus learning environment and facilitates relationship building. 

International Seminary Students

Calvin is proud to be a school where international students can grow and thrive. We offer a wide range of programs and resources that are specifically designed to help international students succeed.

How Much Does Seminary Cost?

Every program at Calvin is unique and will have a different cost. We offer a detailed breakdown of the costs of each program that is updated each school year.

Opportunities for Seminary Scholarships

Calvin is committed to ensuring our students have access to resources that will secure their academic and financial success. Almost all of our admitted, full-time, degree-seeking students receive one or more scholarships. Many of our scholarships and financial aid packages are renewable and can be applied for multiple years. 

We have also created scholarship opportunities to support a diverse student body, including scholarships for women and racial and ethnic minorities. We are proud to award close to $1.5 million in scholarships every year. Eligible students also have access to the Idema Food Pantry and Clothing Bank

Seminary Scholarships for International Students

We strive to offer scholarship opportunities that give international students the opportunity to attend Calvin. More information on financial aid is available by contacting the Enrollment Management office.

Start Your Seminary Admissions Process Today

A campus tour is just one step in the journey to choosing the seminary that’s right for you. There are other factors to consider when choosing a seminary, such as:

Apply Today

Ready to take the next steps on your path as a Christian leader? Submit your application to Calvin Theological Seminary today. The guided application will walk you through the required fields and supplemental materials.

Request Information

There are plenty of ways to learn more about your learning opportunities at Calvin, and our staff would love to hear from you. Feel free to send the admissions office a message or give us a call at (616) 957-7035.

Visit Us

If you’d like to learn more about Calvin and meet some of our students and staff, schedule a visit to our beautiful campus located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Get to Know Calvin Theological Seminary

Meet Our Students

Still wondering if Calvin is the right choice for you? Check out what our students have to say. We’re confident that our alumni will leave Calvin with the skills they need to continue their calling in Christ’s church, and with memories and relationships that will last a lifetime.

Explore Our Campus

Calvin’s campus is centrally located on the southeast side of Grand Rapids. While it’s just north of the shops and restaurants of the city’s bustling 28th Street, our campus is tucked away in a scenic location with plenty of room for our students to explore nature.

Our seminary housing is designed for your convenience and comfort. Units feature internet, laundry facilities, a playground area, and utilities—all included in our below-market housing fees. Our on-campus housing also features a community garden and campus safety patrol.

Attend a Conference

Join us for engaging conferences and lecture series on the seminary’s campus, such as the annual Worship Symposium, and bi-annual Loving Your Neighbor Conference.

We are also grateful to host a variety of workshops and lectures to help grow and develop our students, faculty, and community ministry leaders. There is always something new on our events calendar, so be sure to check back often!

Meet Our Staff

The Enrollment Management office is responsible for admissions, communications, financial aid, and alumni relations. Contact them at 616-957-7035 or at the admissions email address.

Take Your Next Steps with Calvin

Calvin Theological Seminary’s admissions staff is here to help. Feel free to give us a call at (616) 957-7035, or send us a message. We look forward to hearing from you!