Students interested in pursuing seminary after college can save a year of classes and tuition through Geneva College’s new Three-and-Three Program. Through a partnership with Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (RPTS) in nearby Pittsburgh, this program enables students to complete a bachelor’s degree from Geneva and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from the seminary in just six years.
The program is currently open to Christian Ministry majors who follow Geneva’s pre-seminary track, but other biblical studies majors at Geneva will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students are encouraged to apply to RPTS in their third year at Geneva College. Upon acceptance and the completion of 90 credits of coursework at Geneva, students may begin taking classes at RPTS. Over their years at the seminary, they are awarded their bachelor’s degree from Geneva and graduate from RPTS with an M.Div.
Both institutions of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA), Geneva and RPTS have worked closely together in past endeavors — especially in Geneva’s non-traditional programs in Pittsburgh. However, the Three-and-Three Program is the first to provide a significant alternative to the seven years required for traditional students seeking a bachelor’s and M.Div.
“We are blessed to have Geneva College partner with us in this effort, and excited for the students who can take advantage of this opportunity,” says Dr. Jerry O’Neill, President of RPTS. “In this era in which so many students have to borrow tens of thousands of dollars to get their formal training, it is especially important for those who anticipate living on a minister’s salary following graduation to reduce the cost of their education, when they can do so without sacrificing the quality of their preparation.”
For more information about the Three-and-Three Program at Geneva College, contact Dr. Dean Smith, professor of biblical studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary is the graduate theological school of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America, a denomination which wholeheartedly embraces the historic Reformed faith, while stressing Christ's kingship over every area of life. Founded in 1810, the seminary has called the Point Breeze neighborhood of Pittsburgh home since 1923 and offers the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degrees.
Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College’s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).
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