Princeton Theological Seminary - Multi-Disciplinary Education Center

August 18, 2017Posted by Roger Cooper


There is a great variety of theological institutes across the United States of America, among which Princeton Theological Seminary is one of the most prominent ones.

Princeton Theological Seminary is situated in Princeton, New Jersey, the United States of America. Although Princeton Theological Seminary and Princeton University are separate buildings, they have some common facilities including their libraries, student health clinic, as well as cross enrollment in classes, look Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) is considered to be one of the prominent universities of the United States of America. It was founded in 1812 by the Presbyterian Church, and nowadays the institute is a salient studying center for Theology. The institute gives education to 700 plus students, it also suggests a great variety of lectureships as well as courses in such subjects as administration, education, law, medicine, social work, etc. Most of the students are candidates for the ministry in the Presbyterian Church; some of them are candidates for ministry in other denominations, while others are studying with the purpose to make careers in academia, and still others are studying fields less connected with theology, such as social work, law, medicine, administration and education.

Degrees and Programs

Princeton Theological Seminary offers degrees which belong to different disciplines apart from its principal subjects Theology and Religion. Beside the master's and doctorate's degrees, the center also pays attention to the dissertation students, who have an opportunity to become the part of the doctoral research student program. This program is suggested by the seminary. The main post graduate and doctorate degrees of the seminary include:

Masters of Arts (M.A.)

Masters of Theology (Th.M.)

Masters of Arts (Theological Studies)

Masters of Divinity (M.Div.)

Dual M.Div./M.A. in Christian Education or Youth Ministry

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Princeton Theological Seminary owns the second largest collection of theological literature in the world, besides, it is the largest collection in the United States of America. The largest theological library in the world is the Vatican Library in Rome. The library of Princeton Theological Seminary has over 1,068,000 bound volumes. It currently receives about 2,100 journals, bulletins, abstracts, annual reports of church bodies and learned societies, transactions, and periodically issued indices, and bibliographies. A great number of different books, bulletins, journals, annual reports, microfilms, and pamphlets are stored in the two libraries - the Speer Library and the Henry Luce III Library. The first one was founded in 1957 and was named in honor of the renowned missionary statesman Robert E. Speer, it has about 400,000 volumes and 200 readers. Henry Luce III Library was opened in 1994 AND WAS named in honor of a distinguished trustee, Henry Luce III, it owns about 350,000 volumes and 250 readers.

Other Important Bodies

Other Important Bodies including the Center for Barth Studies was named after Karl Barth and was founded in 1997. It was opened by the seminary faculty board which funds researches, the theological conferences, discussions and publications. The latter seek to encourage understanding of the theology of Karl Barth, the Swiss-German professor and pastor who is considered to be the greatest theologian of the 20th century. The Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology was called after the name of Abraham Kuyper. It emphasizes on the history and theology of Dutch Reformed Protestantism. Center of Theological Enquiry was founded in 1978 by the Princeton Theological Seminary's Board of Trustees. Its primary function was to carry out the landmark and develop level theological investigations.

Annual Conferences and Annual Journal

The seminary holds conferences twice in a year. The Annual Conference on Karl Barth is usually conducted in June. In 2010 the theme of the conference was "Karl Barth and Missional Theology". The Annual Kuyper Conference is held in April. In 2010 the theme of the conference sounded like "Common Grace and 'A Common Word'. This conference was devoted to Exploring the Resources of Neo-Calvinism for Interfaith Dialogue and Understanding". Center of Theological Enquiry publishes the annual journal ' Koinonia' which is based on theology and literature. By the way, this journal is widely-spread and well-known in the United States of America and it is sent to 100 plus libraries all over the world.