Payne Theological Seminary has its roots in, and is nurtured by, the African American community. The seminary, however, attracts students from many denominations and religions in the African American community and abroad. Payne Theological Seminary graduates are qualified to do further graduate work or enter into the pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, education, pastoral counseling, and community outreach. Applicants of all religious, ethnic, gender, and cultural persuasions are welcomed at Payne Theological Seminary. Applicants are expected to achieve a level of academic competence that makes their seminary experience profitable.