Program Overview

Western Seminary offers a Master of Divinity that is well suited for students who wish to fulfill a rewarding life in ministry. Students will be taught in-depth knowledge of the Bible, theology, Greek language, Hebrew language, church history, scripture, church influence, and pastoral counseling. Individuals should be able to utilize this specialized knowledge in pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, teaching, missions, or within various other settings. This program is ideal for students who want to enter ministry immediately after graduation or for those who wish to pursue a doctoral program. Upon completion of this program, graduates may work as senior pastors, military chaplains, assimilation/membership pastors, pastors, church administrators, missionaries, teaching pastors, linguists, religious authors, or in other related positions. Students will also have the opportunity to receive specialized training in Hebrew and Greek languages through this program.

The Master of Divinity consists 90 total credit hours that may be completed in as little as three years. Students are required to finish required core courses in order to successfully complete the program. Students will explore topics in areas which include spiritual formation, biblical studies, biblical language studies, theological studies, ministerial studies, mentored ministry, and a specialization.

Sixty credits for this program are available online. The remaining 30 credits must be completed on-campus through the In-Ministry Track. This online learning environment provides flexibility for enrolled students who are employed or have other obligations.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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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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