International Theological Seminary Quick Facts
Christian Reformed Church
MDiv; MA; ThM; DMin
Number of Students
Tuition Costs for 2016 - 2017
$230/hr (MA & MDiv); $280 (ThM & DMin)
El Monte, CA
Founded in 1982 by Dr. John Eui-Whan Kim, International Theological Seminary has always had the focus to prepare students from Third World countries to study for the ministry from a Reformed perspective. Many faculty and staff themselves have overseas ministry experience, adding to the quality of the students' seminary experience. The seminary also emphasizes the respect and use of the many students' background and cultural heritage.
Utilizing the quarter system, ITS offers three master's-level degrees (the MATS, MDiv, and ThM) as well as the DMin degree. MATS students may emphasize Biblical Studies, Mission and Evangelism, and Christian Education. ThM students may emphasize Biblical Studies, Historical Theology, Theological Studies, or Practical Theology. All students are also expected to pass the Bible Knowledge Test before graduation.
ITS takes the spiritual formation of its students quite seriously, since preparing students for ministry in their home countries is their ultimate goal. As such, prayer and chapel meetings are a part of the ITS daily schedule where students are encouraged to participate in leading worship, music, and prayer. Also, students, faculty, and staff participate in small group prayer meetings.
Of course, as temporary residents of Los Angeles county, students at ITS have a wide range of resources available to them if they wish to take advantage of their brief time in the United States. Indeed, from the over 800 (yes, 800) museums to major sports teams like the Dodgers and Angels (baseball), Clippers and Lakers (basketball), and Kings and Ducks (hockey), students will find no shortage of activities. Long considered the home of the American entertainment industry, students can find numerous performing arts options throughout the school year. Numerous other family-friendly outings - such as Disney Land - are only a short drive away.
ITS provides housing in dormitories for single students only. Space is not guaranteed and is offered on a first come, first served basis. There are numerous housing options available close to campus, however. Numerous apartments are available, as are rooms in houses available for rent.
Since the focus of ITS is students serving churches in their home countries, the primary form of financial aid is scholarships given to mission-minded students. These scholarships, which can cover up to 25% of tuition, are actually interest-free forgivable loans, in which 20% of the loan amount is forgiven every year the student services in his or her home country or in another international church. ITS also makes Work Study and Teaching assistantships available to select students based on need, availability of funds, and capability of service.