Since we believe in making a seminary education more accessible to those who want formal biblical and theological training, Western Seminary makes an intentional effort to provide various enrollment options for students.
Residential courses are classes that meet on campus. Each of our master’s programs require that at least 30 credits of courses be completed on campus as “residential” courses, though students are not required to live near to or on campus to complete them. These courses are known as our Traditional Course offerings. Traditional semester classes meet most weeknights and/or Saturdays for 4-5 hour blocks.
There are also two other options for residential courses. The In-Ministry Track is an option available for students in part-time or full-time paid ministry. For more information on this track, please contact Christen Heaton. The Monday Track is a scheduling option open to students who prefer attending classes on Mondays rather than Saturdays. You can view these courses or the upcoming semester in our course schedule.
Non-Residential enrollment options include Online courses and Hybrid courses. Online courses allow students to view class lectures on a computer, collaborate with fellow classmates online, and connect with a course instructor. With more than 80 courses on demand, this option is ideal for students unable to make it on campus. Hybrid courses integrate online course content with intensive off-campus class sessions, combining the strengths of distance education with in-class interaction with other students and faculty.
For more information, visit our Accessible Scheduling page.