Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Grand Rapids
Theological Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we're dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.

Create Without Ceasing

Enroll at GRTS as a Non-Degree Student

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary welcomes individuals seeking advanced education in Bible, theology, counseling or ministry without a specific degree objective. If that is your desire, you can apply as a non-degree student, and you will have two possible paths:

  • Non-degree for credit: students must have a completed bachelor’s degree and can earn graduate credit.
  • Audit: for just $99 per class, students have the ability to take courses at GRTS regardless of whether or not they have completed an undergraduate degree. Auditing a course does not result in graduate credit for the course and the work will be optional, though many professors encourage you to participate in assignments.

Students are permitted to take a maximum of 12 credits under the non-degree enrollment status.

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Apply

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. On your application:

  • Both non-degree for credit and audit students should select “Non-degree” as their admissions status.
  • Under non-degree status, select the option that best fits your intentions.

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Submit Official Transcripts

New students must provide official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate colleges attended. A minimum of a 2.5 GPA is required for admission. All transcripts must be sent from the originating schools directly to the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary’s Admissions Office:

GRTS Admissions Office
1001 E. Beltline, NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Electronic transcripts can be sent to Grand Rapids Theological Seminary directly from the school via an electronic transfer service such as EScrip, National Student Clearinghouse or Parchment to the following email seminary@cornerstone.edu.

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Select Your Courses

Once your application has been accepted for admission, you are eligible to register. Take a look at course schedules to identify the course(s) you’d like to take. Then contact your admissions counselor to register. If you have questions, contact us at seminary@cornerstone.edu or call 800.697.1133.

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Pay Your Bill

Once you have been accepted and registered for classes, you will receive a bill in the mail shortly before the start of the semester. Audit students will only have to pay $99. Non-degree students will pay full tuition. You have three payment options:

  • Pay in-person with a check or credit card by the semester start date at the Business Office in the Administration Building (2.5 percent credit card fee applies).
  • Pay by phone with a credit card at 616.222.1445 (2.5 percent credit card fee applies).
  • Enroll in the automatic payment plan for four or five equal monthly installments ($50 fee/semester).

The diversity at GRTS has caused me to be slower to speak and quicker to listen. I’ve learned that my perspective is not always the majority nor is it the correct one. I’ve appreciated that element to my education here.

Timothy Bassett (M.A. ’19)

Important Dates

There’s so much to look forward to once you join us on campus, including orientation and our annual fall cookout. Here are some other dates to keep in mind as you move forward in the enrollment process.

Online Information Sessions & On-Campus Preview Events

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary is dedicated to training pastors, counselors, ministry leaders, missionaries and educators for serving wherever God leads. As you discern whether seminary is your next step, we invite you to attend an online information session, seminary preview event visit event or schedule a personal visit.

Online Information Sessions

  • Experience GRTS – August 18 (6:00-7:00 pm)
  • Experience GRTS – October 6 (6:00-7:00 pm)
  • Experience GRTS – November 4  (6:00-7:00 pm)
  • Experience GRTS – December 8 (6:00-7:00 pm)
  • Stay tuned for dates in 2021

On-Campus Preview Events*

  • Counseling Preview Day – November 10 (3:00-6:00 pm)
  • Ministry Preview Night – November 12 (5:30-8:30 pm)
  • Winter Preview Day – January 5 (3:00-6:00 pm)
  • Counseling Preview Night – April 6 (5:30-8:30 pm)
  • Ministry Preview Night – April 8 (5:30-8:30 pm)
  • Summer Preview Night – June 22 (5:00-8:00pm)

*All on-campus GRTS events operate under the guidelines set out by the state and our university COVID-19 task force. We will take every necessary measure to ensure the safety of attendees and our campus community.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) for the Fall 2020 semester will have both online and on-campus components.

  • The online component should be completed between Aug 26 and Sept 1st. New students will receive email communication from the GRTS Admissions team with detailed instructions and expectations.
  • The on-campus event will take place on Sept 1 and will include a one-on-one meeting with admissions staff and with faculty advisors.

NSO, like all GRTS events, will operate under the guidelines set out by the state and our university COVID-19 task force. We will take every necessary measure to ensure the safety of attendees and our campus community.

For students beginning in the Spring 2021 semester, NSO will take place on Jan. 15.

Meet Your Counselor

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we have a group of dedicated counselors who want to guide you through the admissions process every step of the way. They will assist you in developing a personalized plan forward in the process and answer any questions you may have. Reach out to your counselor today and introduce yourself.

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.