Program Overview

Western Seminary offers a Graduate Studies Certificate that is well suited for students who wish to quickly enhance their seminary training. Individuals may receive education on the Bible, ministry, pastoral care, theology, and more. This program allows students to customize their curriculum to their individual interests. This gives individuals the opportunity to explore topics to potentially specialize in. Graduates have the capability to find employment within churches or religious establishments as lay ministers, marketplace leaders, and Christian educators. Upon completion of this program, students may also decide to further their education and apply their earned credits to a master’s degree or the graduate diploma.

The Graduate Studies Certificate consists of 16 total credit hours. Students must complete core courses in order to successfully finish the program. Students will be able to specialize in the Bible, Ministry, Pastoral Care to Women, or Theology. These concentration courses allow students to customize their education to their own individual interests.

Students must be highly disciplined to complete a large amount of coursework online. Time management, a reliable internet connection, and word processing skills are also very important for students who enroll.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools,Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities



    Applicants who wish to be admitted into the program must hold a bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

    School Overview

    Western Seminary is a private not-for-profit four-year Christian institution of higher education, with campuses in Oregon and California. Visions of the school initiated in 1925, with goals to provide a graduate-level theological institution located in the northwestern region of the United States. Then, in 1927, Western Baptist Theological Seminary officially opened. By the 1940s, the campus began to grow, building a physical campus in Portland, Oregon, and continued expanding throughout the twentieth century. Western Seminary added California campuses, and in 1981, Western Seminary introduced a Doctor of Ministry degree, in addition to a distance education program offered via video instruction. Through the years, the institution has continued to evolve, developing a biblical language dual-track learning environment, along with online learning, and non-credit educational experiences.

    Today, Western Seminary continues to serve students as an evangelical, non-denominational, theological seminary, offering master’s degrees, doctoral programs, diplomas, and certificates. Non-credit classes are provided through the Center for Leadership Development. A number of online options give added flexibility. The Western Seminary online campus allows students to complete several degrees completely online.


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