The Master of Arts (Biblical and Theological Studies) builds a strong comprehension of theology,
rooted in a thorough investigation of the Scriptures, with an eye toward Gospel-centered transformation.
Students will find themselves academically fit and spiritually prepared as informed theologians
for work as a ministry leader, pastor, or educator, or for professional people whose ministry is
in the market place. This blend of training also serves as an excellent foundation for later doctoral
What makes the Western Seminary
M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) unique?
- An emphasis on Gospel-centrality for spiritual formation and theological understanding
- Students develop their own theological position directly from Scripture, rather than adopting
an institutional doctrinal position
- Choices to fit personal interests:
- The Exegetical Track to focus on biblical languages with an optional thesis project.
- The Theological Track to specialize in Bible, theological, or historical studies.
- Journey to either Israel or Greece and Turkey on faculty-led study
tours for elective credit
View courses and course descriptions
The M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) may be completed in two years’ time through
conventional courses on any of our campuses. Students who live at a distance may also complete their
training without the need to relocate or leave their ministry context through the following scheduling
options, though their completion timeframe may be extended:
||Students complete their
training in just one day of class on campus per week.
||The In-Ministry Track combines 44 credits of online learning with 5 weeklong trips to campus for live courses.
||Add flexibility to your schedule by taking up to 44 credits online with support from dedicated course instructors. Choose from any of 80 courses in any semester.
- A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- A completed application for admission
and all admissions materials
If an applicant does not meet one of these requirements, we invite them to contact an enrollment
counselor to explore alternative admission options.
“You can't beat Western Seminary for practical, theologically sound, culturally
relevant ministry preparation. This education is
Gospel-centered and missionally focused. I've
been a pastor for 35 years, 32 of those as a founding and senior pastor. I'm still growing personally,
spiritually and theologically, due in no small part
to what I continue to learn at Western.”