Mid-America Reformed Seminary

A Reformed, intentionally-small, residential-only seminary in Dyer, Indiana with a focus on training ministers for the pulpit.

Get Grounded in Historical Reformed Theology

Mid-America Reformed Seminary has deep roots in the Reformed tradition. It grew out of the United Reformed Church, and shares many theological emphases with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church in America, and other conservative Reformed denominations. A Neo-Kuyperian focus, and a deep heart for pastoral ministry and preaching, will equip students to engage their culture with the powerful word of God, and a heart for renewal.

The seminary centers itself around four core distinctives: 1) a commitment to Scripture, 2) a confessional approach, 3) a gospel focus, and 4) relationship with the Church. The course instruction is driven by the theology of the Heidelberg Catechsim, the Belgic and Westminster Confessions, and the Canons of Dort (to learn more on the Canons of Dort, see this article by the seminary’s President, Dr. Cornelis Venema).

Be Spiritually Formed, Face-to-Face

Mid-America Reformed Seminary is committed to the spiritual formation of its students—and its students benefit from the residential-only nature of the institution. With a six-to-one student/faculty ratio, the faculty is empowered to be in real community with the students, integrating alongside them into the life of the seminary and the Church.

Opportunities for spiritual growth and formation go far beyond Chapel services. Mid-America Reformed Seminary has proved itself to have a heart for personal discipleship, spiritual and physical health, and sexual purity. And its close relationship with some local churches provides opportunities for internships and healthy local church body membership and leadership opportunities.

Enjoy the Greater Chicago Area

The Windy City is less than an hour’s drive from campus, and the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan are even closer. Students living in and around Dyer, Indiana will enjoy world-class craft beer (Three Floyds is ten minutes away!), terrific pizza, beautiful parks, and all the entertainment and ministry opportunities that urban Chicago has to offer.

Degree Programs at Mid-America Reformed Seminary

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

  • 112 credit hours
  • $280/credit hour
  • Emphasis on biblical languages, practical ministry, Christ-centered preaching
  • Ideal degree for future pastors

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

  • Ideal for lay-teachers, women’s ministry directors and teachers (not ordained)
  • Shorter than the MDiv
  • Choose from concentrations on Biblical Studies or Historical/Theological Studies

Admissions & 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 Seminary. 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.