The Graduate Studies Diploma offers students an excellent foundation for a lifetime of lay, marketplace,
or bi-vocational ministry. Its customizable core allows an individual to acquire only the skill
or knowledge they may need to bring Gospel-centered transformation to their particular ministry
context. This makes the program perfect for those who seek formal bible, theology or ministry training,
but don’t require a master’s degree to advance in their practice. Of course, credits
from the Graduate Studies Diploma may be transferred easily to fulfill the first year of a master’s
degree if the need for additional training arises.
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What makes the
Graduate Studies Diploma unique?
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The Graduate Studies Diploma may be completed in one year’s 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.
||Complete 4 credits of
on campus coursework in just one week per semester.
||Take all 30 credits online with support from dedicated course mentors. Choose from any of 80 courses in any semester.
- A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 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.
“I came to Western to pursue
a GSD in Pastoral Care to Women. It was a “next step” for me as a Director of Women’s
Ministry, but it became so much more. It was a life-line, a refuge, a grace-filled place where
I became healthier spiritually and emotionally. This practically equipped me to continue my pastoral
work with women, ministering with greater effectiveness.”