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The Pathway to Service Starts Here

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• We are a seminary in service to the community in the broadest sense.

• Programs at Southwest are ecumenical, with students coming from diverse education and social backgrounds.

• Each program seeks to produce well-rounded, thoughtful graduates who have become not only competent in a field of study but wise and charitable in its practice.

• Southwest is committed to creating a common life that welcomes difference and ensures that all voices are heard and that all people are cared for.

Think you know what it means to attend a seminary? Think again. Seminary of the Southwest offers a deeply personal approach to your graduate studies with the ability to create a plan of education that is just right for your goals. We are a community of scholars and leaders who share a passion to serve others and a desire to make a difference in the world.

Seminary of the Southwest’s core values of hospitality, mutuality, respect, rootedness, celebration, and conversation serve as the fundamental reference points for our curriculum and community life. Your studies at Southwest will follow a simple yet profound path focused on three areas: being, knowing, and doing. The seminary’s foundational attention to academic excellence (knowing) is complemented by attention to character (being) and skill (doing). Seminary of the Southwest is committed to the vocational, spiritual, physical, and financial wellness of its student body. We empower transformation through community.

Degrees and diplomas
• Master of Divinity
• Master of Arts in Religion
• Master of Arts in Counseling
• Master of Arts in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care
• Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation
• Diploma in Anglican Studies
• Diploma in Theological Studies

Our excellent faculty at Seminary of the Southwest are dedicated to the success of our students. You will find them to be an integral part of the strong community that is Southwest. Scholars hold permanent faculty positions in Old and New Testament, Christian Theology, Christian Ethics and Moral Theology, Church History, Liturgics and Anglican Studies, Preaching, Pastoral Theology, Counseling, and Hispanic Church Studies.

Tuition and scholarship
Southwest is able to attract top students because of generous financial assistance and low tuition. Institutional grants are available for the academic degrees, allowing students to concentrate on their formation and studies without the worry of unreasonable debt.

Inquire about a Campus Visit Travel Scholarship
This scholarship was established to recognize individuals who are exploring graduate studies in a seminary setting. It allows individuals to experience firsthand how Southwest students are mentored and formed with the knowledge that travel expenses have been funded.  

Campus visit information
The customized agenda includes the opportunity to sit in classes, ask admission/financial aid questions, and interact with faculty and students.

Applying and acceptance
Applicants to the Seminary of the Southwest’s graduate programs must hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or its equivalent. Applicants to all of the degree programs are required to submit an application, official transcripts, three references, official GRE or MAT scores, an autobiography, and a screening questionnaire.

Requirements include:
• Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution
• Minimum cumulative GPA on all undergraduate work of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale)
• Minimum MAT scores: 350 overall or 45th percentile

GRE/MAT scores can be waived if you:
• Received a 3.25 cumulative GPA on all undergraduate work
• If you have completed at least
18 hours of graduate work with
a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.

“We all came to the seminary seeking something beyond ourselves.”  
Dr. Stephanie Ramirez is Assistant Professor of Counselor Education. Her research interests include counseling outside of U.S. borders, social justice, and multicultural awareness and diversity. She has counseled clients in a variety of settings—including providing counseling and advocacy services for undocumented women experiencing domestic violence—worked with senior adults and caregivers, and has recently worked with at-risk youth.

“The leaders formed here serve in all 50 states, 23 countries, and six continents around the world. The Southwest alumni impact is rooted locally and is thriving globally.”
- The Very Reverend Dr. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Dean and President

Life in Austin
Austin consistently ranks as one of America’s best cities to live in, according to national publications such as U.S.News & World Report, Money magazine, Kiplinger’s, and Forbes. Known as the Live Music Capital of the World®, Austin offers world-renowned festivals such as SXSW® and Austin City Limits Music Festival—along with more than 250 venues featuring rock, blues, jazz, hip hop, punk, or Latin music shows nightly. Austin’s universal appeal extends well beyond music with outstanding dining experiences, world-class sporting events, an oasis of outdoor activities, and unique happenings only Austin can offer.

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1 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Counseling & Therapy                
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Student Body

98 students

48 full-time

50 part-time




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