Western Seminary

5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215-3367

Program Details

Western Seminary offers a Graduate Studies Diploma that is suited for students who wish to enhance their knowledge of the Christian faith. Students will educated on theology, ministry, the Bible, and the church, to name a few. Graduates who earn this degree can potentially find employment within churches or religious establishments. Individuals who earn this diploma typically wish to gain formal theology, Bible, and ministry training, but do not need a master’s degree to advance their current career opportunities. Upon completion of this program, students may also decide to further their education and apply their earned credits to a master’s degree.

The Graduate Studies Diploma Program consists of 30 total credit hours that may be completed in one year. Students must complete core courses. Students will explore course subjects such as biblical and theological studies, ministry studies, concentration studies, and electives. Concentration study and elective courses allow students to customize their education to their own individual interests. The courses aim to produce competent and knowledgeable students to be employed in religious settings.

This online format allows for a flexible learning schedule for students who may have other obligations. Students must be highly disciplined to complete a large amount of coursework, and time management skills.

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      100% Online
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    Applicants who wish to be admitted into the program must hold a bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

    Accreditation & Licensing

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


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