Program Overview

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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    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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