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

Welcome to Your Next Step

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we are in the business of seeing you thrive. We can’t wait for you to join us on campus as a student working toward your ministry goals. In the meantime, we are here to help you take the next steps. With the help of your admissions counselor, you’ll be able to navigate financial aid options, explore our innovative programs and discern your calling.

Jump To:
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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. Please also be ready to provide contact information for a ministry reference and personal reference. These need to be two individuals who have known you for at least a year, are not relatives and can attest to your Christian character and aptitude for graduate education.

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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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Apply for Scholarships & Financial Aid

Scholarships, grants and financial aid are crucial in making graduate theological education accessible. 70% of GRTS students receive a grant and/or scholarship.

In order to apply, complete both the Seminary Scholarship Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. The GRTS/Cornerstone University school code is 002266.

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Register for Classes

We want to make registration as easy as possible. You can plan ahead by looking at course schedules for upcoming semesters. Your admissions counselor will be in contact to help you select classes for your first semester. After the first semester, you will be able to register for classes using the university’s WebAdvisor system.

If you have questions, contact us at seminary@cornerstone.edu or call 800.697.1133.

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Pay Your Tuition 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. 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

As you continue to discern your call and the possibility of enrolling at GRTS, here are some important dates to keep in mind.

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.