Getting Started at GRTS

Thank you for your interest in Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. Attending seminary will strengthen and challenge your biblical understanding, theological framework and faith journey. GRTS programs are designed to further cultivate your spiritual transformation and equip you for future ministry. As you consider attending seminary we recommend the following steps:

1. Learn about GRTS

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary is a multidenominational seminary located in west Michigan. We offer a variety of degree programs with unique specializations that provide specific training for ministry.  Most of our students qualify for financial aid through grants, scholarships, and loans. Courses are offered in the block scheduling format meaning each class meets only one time each week throughout the morning, afternoon, and evening hours.  For added flexibility with scheduling you can also take up to eight courses online and 2-week intensive classes are offered each January and during the summer semester. GRTS is part of Cornerstone University and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Association of Theological Schools.

2. Connect 

The Admissions team wants to hear your story and answer your unique questions about everything from determining which program is right for you to how much financial aid you may qualify for. Click here to request more information. You can also reach us at 1.800.697.1133 or with any questions along the way!

3. Visit campus

The best way to discover if GRTS is right for you is to visit campus. During a visit you can choose to sit in on a class, go to lunch with a professor, talk with current students, and sample the free coffee in the lounge for yourself! Join us for a personalized visit or one of our Preview Events throughout the year. You can RSVP for the visit day that is right for you. We look forward to hosting you!

4. Select a program

GRTS offers a variety of programs that are designed to further prepare you for ministry and the counseling field. Our degree programs offer a foundational core of classes in Bible, theology, and counseling, and include the ability to pursue a specialization in a particular area of ministry. For a full list of programs and specializations click here.

5. Apply to the Seminary

When you are ready to apply to GRTS the application process is easy to navigate. Our application forms are all available online and there is no application fee. We’ll also need to provide a ministry reference, a personal reference, and official transcripts from any undergraduate and graduate work you’ve already completed.

Apply Now!

6. I’m accepted. Now what?

Congratulations! We look forward to officially welcoming you at New Student Orientation. We will be contacting you soon about registering for classes, accepting financial aid, and preparing for your journey at seminary. You'll receive a student ID and password that will give you access to our student portal (Eagle's Nest) well before before the semester begins. You'll find the semester book list and syllabi here as the first day of classes draws near.

Don’t forget to apply for financial aid! We offer institutional grants and scholarships, as well as facilitate federal loans. To qualify for institutional aid, you’ll need to complete the FAFSA and our Seminary Scholarship application. For more information, visit our Costs and Aid page.