Master of Divinity
Western Theological Seminary
Western Theological Seminary offers a Master of Divinity for students who wish to fulfill a rewarding life in ministry. Students may study topics of theology, the Gospel, church, ethics, worship, Old Testament, New Testament, church history, and more. Individuals should be able to utilize this specialized knowledge in pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, teaching, missions, or within various other settings. 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. Through this program, students will complete coursework, attend a spiritual formation retreat, complete 800 hours of supervised ministry in a Teaching Church, finish yearly online orientations in August, and attend an intercultural immersion trip.
The Master of Divinity consists 96 total credit hours that may be completed in as little as five years. Students will explore core course topics in areas which include: Practice of Discipleship, Entering/Exploring Christian Ministry, and Practice of Counsel and Care.
This online learning environment provides flexibility for enrolled students who are employed or have other obligations. Students must be highly disciplined to complete a large amount of coursework.
Degree Level: Master
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Western Theological Seminary was founded in 1866, after seven Hope College graduates who sensed a call to ministry petitioned the General Synod of the Reformed Church for theological training in West Michigan. The seminary’s early years were a struggle, but over the last century, strong, visionary leaders led Western through program, building, finance and faculty expansions all in the name of preparing leaders for the church of Jesus Christ. Today the future is bright. In covenant with the Reformed Church in America, Western Theological Seminary is forming culturally-engaged leaders who will empower, renew, and plant congregations and ministries that participate in God’s ongoing redemptive work in the world.
WTS offers master's and doctoral degrees, as well as graduate certificates, that train women and men for ministry. Students needing more flexibility in their schedules can earn a Master of Divinity degree in a blended format.
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