Program Overview

Western Seminary offers a Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies for students who wish to enhance their knowledge on the Christian faith. Students will be taught knowledge in theology, scriptures, ethics, church history, Greek, Hebrew, and more. Graduates who earn this degree have the potential to find rewarding employment in leadership positions within churches or religious establishments. Individuals typically work as ministry leaders, pastors, educators, or in other related areas. Upon completion of this program, students may also decide to further their education and pursue a doctoral program.

The M.A. of Biblical and Theological Studies consists 64 total credit hours that may be completed in two years. Students can complete this program with a Theological Track or an Exegetical Track. Students who participate in the Exegetical Track focuses on biblical languages and explore subjects which include spiritual and personal formation, biblical interpretation, biblical language, theological studies, and thesis or restricted electives. Through the Theological Track, students will focus on topics such as spiritual and personal formation, biblical interpretation, theological studies, and electives.

Forty-four of the credits for this program are available online. The additional 20 credits must be completed on-campus via the In-Ministry Track. Students must be disciplined to complete coursework on their own time, and possess word processing 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 3.0.

    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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