TST is a federation of colleges; all students must select a college within which to study. Choosing a college may seem like a difficult decision, but rest assured, representatives from the TST colleges are available to assist you in making your choice and will help you discern whether their college is the right fit for you.
For Basic Degree students pursuing professional programs such as the Master of Divinity, the greatest factor in your decision is whether a college is suitable for your preparation for ministry. Most students choose the college that is within the tradition of the church within which they would like to pursue ministry after graduation. In the absence of an exact match, students choose the college which is closest to the tradition within which they wish to pursue ministry.
For other Basic Degrees, students normally choose as their home college the institution that is closest to their own personal religious tradition, or an institution that represents a tradition within which the student would like to situate his or her learning. The curricular design for each program differs slightly at each college, so students are encouraged to contact more than one college to inquire about the programs that interest them.
Please note that while the MDiv and MTS are offered by all seven TST colleges, the other programs are offered by specific colleges.
At the Advanced Degree level, the factors in your decision making are more complex. The curricular design of the Advanced Degree Programs are common across the six TST colleges that offer Advanced Degree programs (St. Augustine's Seminary offers Basic Degree programs only). Factors in an Advanced Degree applicant's decision concerning to which college to apply include:
- the desire to learn within a specific theological and philosophical perspective represented by the college;
- the availability of faculty expertise in the applicant's proposed area of study; and
- the resources of the college, including research and teaching assistantship opportunities and the availability of financial support.
While applications for Advanced Degrees are made to the central Advanced Degree Office, potential Advanced Degree students are invited to make contact with the college(s) they are interested in before the time of application in order to discuss the college's fit within your academic plans.
Contact information for admissions personnel within the seven colleges is available here.
When you are choosing a college, whether at the Basic or Advanced Degree level, feel free to make contact with a few of our colleges to learn more about each college's mission, curriculum and programs.