If you desire a community well grounded in the tradition that extends Christian hospitality to all and a community in which faith and practice join to form mature Christian leaders, let us hear from you.

Welcome! If you're looking for a rigorous theological and practical education for ministry in the context of Christian hospitality, consider the Seminary of the Southwest. The Seminary forms men and women for the service of Christ in lay or ordained ministry within both the church and the larger society.

Our purpose is to foster Christian ministers who are faithful, imaginative, and skilled. The educational principles underlying our curriculum commit us to fostering a discipline of regular worship and prayer; to an immersion in and critical reflection upon Scripture and Theology; to forming an awareness that growth in the knowledge and love of God is rooted in Christ's ministry of reconciliation; and to living as a community that incorporates into the service of the Gospel persons of diverse backgrounds and diverse points of view.

We have provided information about the most frequently asked questions below.  We hope that you will take a little time to explore Seminary of the Southwest, and we look forward to working with you as you discern God's call to you.  

If you have any additional questions or would simply like to speak with a member of our admissions team, please send us an email!

Fast Facts

Shaded by the huge, stately live oak trees that are an icon of Austin opens in a new window and occupying a single city block on the north edge of the University of Texas opens in a new window campus, Seminary of the Southwest offers both the advantages of a close, familiar community and those of a vibrant, world-class city—all set in the midst of beautiful Central Texas opens in a new window and on the edge of the Texas Hill Country opens in a new window.

One hundred two students were enrolled at the seminary for the 2013-14 academic year. Twenty-one Episcopal dioceses are represented. Dioceses range from Olympia, Southeast Florida, Western Michigan and Oklahoma to Colorado, Fort Worth, Maryland, Northwest Texas, Indianapolis, Texas and Arizona. The Southwest student body also includes students from a variety of other denominational and religious backgrounds.

Degrees and Diplomas offered:

  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Religion
  • Master of Arts in Chaplaincy & Pastoral Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation 
  • Diploma in Anglican Studies
  • Diploma in Theological Studies

Institutional Effectiveness:

Seminary of the Southwest forms students for the service of Christ in lay or ordained ministry. The institutional effectiveness of this formation is assured by the Faculty and Administrative Council which sets benchmarks for graduation rates, job placement rates, and retention rates.

2013-2014 Academic Year

Graduation rates: 94%* (MDIV and DAS)

Ordination rates: 100% (MDIV and DAS)

Retention rates: 90% (MDIV, MAR, MAC, MCPC, MSF)

Passing rate for State of Texas
Counseling Exam (for MAC students): 100%
*Based on incoming class for fall 2011 

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Requirements for Admission

  • An undergraduate degree is generally required for admission to a degree program, although exceptions are sometimes granted in extraordinary cases
  • Official transcripts of all college, graduate, and professional courses
  • A spiritual autobiography
  • Letters of Recommendation/Reference (number varies by degree program)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores (waived if you hold an earned graduate degree)
  • Interview with the Admissions Committee
  • For Episcopal MDiv or DAS applicants pursuing Holy Orders, a letter of postulancy or letter of acknowledgement from your bishop (see catalog for full explanation of seminary policy)
  • A completed Evidence of Vacination Against Bacterial Meningitis Form.

You will find all admissions forms here. Rely on the checklist, the first form in the list, to guide you on the exact requirements for your degree program. Our application deadlines can be found here.

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Tuition and Financial Aid


  • MDiv, MAR, DAS, DST programs: $13,150 per academic year or $548 per credit hour, whichever is lower
  • MAC, MCPC, MSF programs: $548 per credit hour
  • DTS, Special Student: $548 per credit hour

Financial Aid:

Seminary of the Southwest is committed to helping its students graduate with little or no debt incurred as a result of attending seminary. Financial aid is awarded on the basis of need and we strive to assist students with qualifying for the maximum award possible under our policies. All full-time students may apply for aid in the form of tuition grants and work-study. Most MDiv. students qualify for a grant-plus-work-study package covering 80-100% of tuition and fees.

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Visiting the Seminary

Accepting the always-generous hospitality of this community is the best way to explore the life of study, prayer and formation at Seminary of the Southwest. 

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Are you local, or somewhat familiar with the seminary and not in need of an extended visit? We will be happy to host anytime. You may overnight in one of our comfortable guest rooms right on campus and a student admissions host will ensure that you get to experience as much of seminary life - classes, worship, common meals - as possible in the time you have available. Your host can also arrange chats with faculty, staff and students.

Call or e-mail the Recruiting & Admissions office to make an appointment.


Recruiting & Admissions Office
Seminary of the Southwest
501 E. 32nd Street
Austin, TX 78705

Whether for a three-day continuing education conference or for a three-year degree program, we welcome you to join us at Southwest, a community well grounded in the tradition that extends Christian hospitality to all, a community in which faith and practice join to form mature Christian leaders, a seminary of the whole church - past, present and future - for the whole church!Back to Top