Learn more about GRTS.

Your story, your ministry goals, and your needs are completely unique, and we want to hear from you! If you can't find an answer to your question, contact the Admissions office. For questions about cost and aid, review our cost and aid FAQs.

Getting Started

  • Q: Do I need to have a Bible or theology degree to attend seminary?
    No, you can apply to GRTS as long as you have a bachelor's degree from an accredited school. Our degree programs serve both those who will be taking their first formal theological classes as well as those who have completed a theological degree.

  • Q: Do you require the GRE or other entrance exams?
    The GRE is not normally required for the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts degrees, but some applicants to the Master of Theology (Th.M.) program and the Academic Specialization in the M.Div. program may be required to take the GRE.

  • Q: Do I have to request college transcripts?
     Yes, we need transcripts from any higher learning institutions you have attended. Please have final, official transcripts sent to:
                 Seminary Admissions
                 Cornerstone University
                 1001 E Beltline Ave NE
                 Grand Rapids, MI 49525

  • Q: What is the application due date?
     We operate on a rolling admissions basis, so you can submit your application at any point throughout the year. However, there is a preferred due date for each semester which is usually about 7-10 days before the semester begins. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible for application processing, course availability and financial aid opportunities.

  • Q: I've already taken Bible and theology classes. Do you offer Advanced Standing?
    Yes, we offer advanced standing exams at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters by appointment. You may take exams for preapproved 300-level (or higher) undergraduate courses if you earned a B (3.0 GPA) or better in the class at an accredited institution. You may only fulfill one-fourth of your total program credit requirements with advanced standing credit. Contact the Admissions Office for a complete list of classes that offer examinations.  This process needs to be completed within the first year of being a student at GRTS.

  • Q: Can I be considered for admission if I did not complete a bachelor's degree? What if my school was not accredited?
    We consider applicants who have not completed a bachelor's degree on a very limited basis. We would likely require you to complete the GRE successfully. Also, please contact us if you received your bachelor's degree at a non-accredited institution. We maintain a list of non-accredited institutions from which we accept degrees.

  • Q: Is health insurance available to GRTS students?
    Cornerstone University does not offer insurance to students, but they are happy to connect with you and help you sign up for the Health Care Marketplace. This will allow you to choose a health care plan that is appropriate for graduate school. 
  • Q: Do you offer evening classes?
    We offer a variety of course offerings in both the morning, afternoon and evening. Our classes start as early at 8:30 a.m. and as late as 6:20 p.m. We have block scheduling, which means that your class is only one day a week, making it easier for you to balance a work schedule. (The only exceptions are our Tuesday/Thursday Greek and Hebrew classes.) We do not currently offer any weekend classes but we do have two-week intensive courses in early January and during the summer months.

  • Q: How long will it take me to complete my degree?
    If you enroll on a full-time basis (11 credits or more per semester), you will take two to three years to complete your degree, depending on which degree you are pursuing. If you enroll part time, you will have up to five years to complete your degree. You will need to make an appeal to the academic dean if you do not plan to complete your degree within five years, but it is possible if you demonstrate that you are actively and consistently moving forward in the program.

  • Q: Do you have online and distance courses?
    Yes! A growing number of our courses are available online. You can take up to 8 online courses during your program here. There is also the option to consider the two fully online degrees offered through Cornerstone University in Ministry Leadership and Biblical Studies, which are Higher Learning Commission accredited.

  • Q: Are there ministry opportunities available as a part of the degree curriculum?
    Yes. GRTS partners with over 70 local and regional churches and ministries to provide students with a ministry residency. The ministry residency is for students in the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Formation programs. Hundreds of other churches are available for spiritual formation and ministry service. There are also many local sites where Master of Arts in Counseling students can fulfill their practicum and internship for professional licensure.

  • Q: How does your Master of Arts in Counseling degree differ from counseling degrees offered at other institutions?
    Upon successful completion of our degree, you will be eligible for your Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) in Michigan and most other states. Our curriculum includes a 39-credit counseling concentration as mandated by the State of Michigan, with an additional 24 credits in Bible and theology and 9 credits in a cognate of your choice. This integrated approach provides you with excellent counseling skills, biblical interpretation skills, theological and ministry exploration, and the foundation for state licensure.  Many other schools offer "Christian" counseling programs, but you will find a significant difference in the amount of Bible and theology you complete at GRTS.  We want you to be the most well equipped to help hurting people find hope in a broken world.