Who We Are
For the Church in the World
We are a community that is bound by the love of God, enriched by our individuality and united in bold Christian service for the church in the world.
Since our formation in 1812, we have sustained the intention of our founders to provide education for Christian ministry that is scholarly, pastoral, and engaged with contemporary life. In July 2010, Union-PSCE changed its name to Union Presbyterian Seminary to reflect a new vision for its future, signifying the new creation in which God is calling this historic seminary to participate.
Our graduates serve as pastors of Christian congregations, directors of Christian education, chaplains, international mission workers, social workers, camp directors, and professors of Bible, theology, or religious studies at colleges, universities, and seminaries.
Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, occupies a 56-acre campus in historic Ginter Park in Richmond’s Northside, with classroom buildings, a mix of student housing options, landscaped grounds, and one of the finest theological libraries in the United States. The campus is on the national historic registry. Worship is held several times a week when classes are in session. Students organize and lead worship, with additional participation and leadership from faculty, alumni, and staff. In addition, the community participates in meals, formal and informal fellowship gatherings, lectures and discussions, community service opportunities, social events, and athletic programs. Students are encouraged to become involved in the life of local congregations.
We also offer programs at a second campus in Charlotte, North Carolina, located in a state-of-the-art facility on the campus of Sharon Presbyterian Church. The curriculum at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte is designed especially for second-career students who continue full or part-time work while pursuing theological study. The fellowship of the student cohorts along with the leadership and support of the faculty and staff is a particular strength of the program.
Our Blended Learning Program provides a means to pursue part-time graduate study toward the Master of Christian Education degree without relocating by combining distance learning in one’s home setting with intensive on-campus sessions in Richmond twice a year.
We provide a variety of degree programs for those seeking to serve the church of Jesus Christ. Both the Richmond and Charlotte campuses offer the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and the Master of Arts in Christian Education (M.A.C.E.) as well as the M.Div./M.A.C.E. Dual Degree program. The Richmond campus also offers the Master of Theology (Th.M.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The M.A.C.E. is also available through the Blended Learning Program that combines distance learning in one’s home setting with intensive on-campus sessions in Richmond.
Our faculty have given the institution a reputation for excellence. These scholars, teachers, and preachers express a profound and vital Christian faith, and have written hundreds of books, articles, and curricula that have an important effect on the life of the contemporary Christian church. Brian K. Blount, our president, is a leading scholar of the New Testament. We have approximately 221 students enrolled in programs to prepare for ministry as pastors, educators, and scholars in service to the church. They represent approximately 11 nations and 38 states.
Both of our campuses are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4501, for questions about our accreditation . The commission directs schools to indicate that it is to be contacted only if there is concern that an institution is not in compliance with an accreditation requirement or standard.
We also are accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The following degree programs are approved: M.Div., M.A.C.E., Th.M., Ph.D., and a Comprehensive Distance Education Program. The following extension site is approved as specified: Charlotte, NC for the degrees of M.Div. and M.A.C.E. The Commission contact information is: The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15275, USA. Telephone: 412-788-6505; Fax: 412-788-6510; website: www.ats.edu.
Both campuses are fully accredited by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church for the instruction of United Methodist students who seek to be pastors.
Union Presbyterian Seminary does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law applicable to a religious educational institution. The following individual has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the school’s non-discrimination policies.
For inquiries regarding non-discrimination on the basis of sex, disability, and/or age:
Mr. Michael B. Cashwell, Title IX Coordinator and Director of Disability Services