Western Seminary

5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215-3367

Program Details

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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    Applicants who wish to be admitted into the program must hold a bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

    Accreditation & Licensing

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


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