Mid-America Reformed Seminary

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Mid-America Reformed Seminary is located in Dyer, Indiana. In 1981, Mid-America Reformed Seminary opened its doors to men and women seeking a Christ-centered, graduate level education and solid theological training for the purposes of ministry. The Seminary remains non-denominational, though it is closely affiliated with the confessional Reformed and Presbyterian churches.


The Seminary holds to four core distinctives: Commitment to Scripture, Confessional Approach, Gospel Focus, and Relationship with the Church. The Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, and the Westminster Confession are the four confessions which drive course instruction.

Coursework is a combination of study and practical application. Students practice turning theology into effective and accurate preaching. Additionally, professors emphasize the study of the original biblical languages, doctrine, interpretation methods, church history, and how to make it all relevant to the 21st century layman. The Seminary maintains an intimate six to one student to faculty ratio.

Two comprehensive on-campus degree programs

1. Master of Divinity

This program prepares students for ordination in careers such as ministers, missionaries, or chaplains.
Credit requirements: 102 classroom credits and 10 Ministerial Apprenticeship credits

Selection of required courses:

Basic Hebrew
Ancient Church History
Theological Foundations
New Testament Greek
Biblical Hermeneutics
Public Worship
Applied Exegesis

Program length: Three years

2. Master of Theological Studies

This degree is for students seeking theological training without ordination such as Christian school teachers, church administration, or Bible study teachers. The program offers concentrations in Biblical Studies or Doctrinal/Ecclesiastical Studies.

The Biblical Studies required course sequence includes:
Introduction to Apologetics
Interpretation of the Gospel and Acts
Interpretation of the Pauline Epistles
Medieval and Reformation Church History

The Doctrinal/Ecclesiastical studies required course sequence includes:
Biblical Hermeneutics
Christian Ethics
Denominational History/Government
Modern and American Church History

Students complete either program with a capstone project

Program length: Two to three years

Admissions and Transfer Information:

Students must have a prior undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.67 to apply to either program in addition to being a professed Christian. Mid-America Reformed Seminary does not require GRE or other standardized testing scores to apply.

Mid-America Reformed Seminary does accept transfer students from other seminaries. Students must submit prior transcripts for evaluation. Courses must be at the graduate level with a grade of B or higher. Students in the Master of Theological Studies program may transfer in up to 16 semester units.

For the Master of Divinity program, students must complete a minimum of 36 semester units through Mid-America Reformed. The admissions team strongly recommends prior coursework in Greek.


Mid-America Reformed Seminary has accreditation membership with The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Mid-America Reformed Seminary previously held accreditation with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.

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