Phoenix Seminary Quick Facts
MDiv; MA; DMin
Number of Students
Tuition Costs for 2016 - 2017
A relatively young seminary, PS was founded in 1988 as the only Arizona-based graduate school of theology, a distinction it still holds today. PS emphasizes the value of practical ministry fused with academic preparation along with individual mentoring. Since 2005, the campus is located in central Phoenix, providing ample opportunities for both ministry and recreation.
Phoenix offers the MDiv (in several concentrations, including Biblical Communication; Counseling and Family; Leadership Development; Spiritual Formation; Interdisciplinary Studies), as well as an advanced placement MDiv for students with previous study (same concentrations available. Also offered are an MA in Counseling in conjunction with Ottawa University, and an MA in Ministry with 14 concentrations available. Finally, the DMin is offered in conjunction with Western Seminary where students may take courses at either institution towards their degree.
Although the seminary itself is housed in a 90,000 square foot building that looks more like business offices than a vibrant theological seminary, inside the walls is a community that takes the formation of its students very seriously, spiritually and personally as well as intellectually. The seminary's mentoring program is an example of their concern for student development, as is the availability of pastoral care for enrolled students. Whether it's in the classroom, the student lounge, or the onsite prayer chapel, students, faculty, and staff at PS take great care to nurture Christian community.
Of course, PS students need a way to relax outside of the classroom. Fortunately, Phoenix is both the capital and the largest city in Arizona. As such, there is no shortage of activities in this city of nearly 1.5 million people. The climate is nearly always amenable to outdoor activities, whether it's watching one of the city's four major sports teams or visiting one of the many city parks. If you're more interested in indoor activities, there are literally dozens of museums, from the Phoenix Art Museum to the Arizona Science Center. When you're not studying Greek or Church History, there's simply no shortage of activities to keep you entertained.
Currently, the seminary does not offer housing for its students. However, there is no shortage of housing in the Phoenix area, much of it relatively affordable for a metropolitan area. However, one option for students is to participate in the "Apartment Life" program in Phoenix, where students receive an apartment for very little cost (or none at all) in exchange for ministering to fellow apartment complex residents.
The seminary offers generous financial aid to its students in the hopes of reducing students' reliance on student loans. Some programs are need-based, others merit-based. Programs include the Dean's Scholarship (up to 50% tuition, need-based), Phoenix Seminary Institutional Scholarship (50% tuition), The Kuns’ Foundation Scholarship (100% tuition for students interested in missions), and The Robert & Ethel MacPherson Memorial Scholarship ($1,000 each semester). The seminary also assists students in locating outside scholarships as well as providing information on Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loans.