Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree or its full educational
equivalent from a college or university accredited by a United States association
holding membership in one of the six regional accrediting associations, membership
in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada, membership in the Association
for Biblical Higher Education, or from an institution which maintains similar academic
requirements and standards.
General admission requirements include a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on
a 4.0 scale) for the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Graduate Studies Certificate and
Diploma programs, and 3.0 for the Master of Arts, Master of Theology (Th.M.), Doctor
of Ministry (D.Min.), and Doctor of Missiology (D.Miss.) programs. Western Seminary
recommends that an applicant's undergraduate degree contain a minimum of 35 semester
hours of the liberal arts and sciences, within the following specific areas:
|English (composition & literature)
|History (western civilization)
|Additional liberal arts and sciences
Applicants may be accepted on a provisional or probationary basis if their previous
record indicates a weakness but with promise of greater achievement possible. Common
areas of limitations include but are not restricted to:
- An unaccredited baccalaureate degree. Provisional acceptance for completion
of satisfactory work in residence. Additional course work may be required.
- Low grade point average. Provisional acceptance for completion of satisfactory
work in residence.
- A lack of a specific admission requirement. Students may still be permitted
If any of the above conditions describe your situation, please contact
an enrollment counselor to learn how to complete the application process.
Admission requirements will often vary by degree program. We encourage applicants
to explore those requirements for their program of interest by visiting the Degree
Program page or reading the appropriate section in the Academic