Western Seminary How to Apply

How to Apply - Doctoral Level

 

Summer
Semester


FEBRUARY 2, 2015

Early Application Deadline 

Final Deadline: March 2

 

 

 

Fall
Semester


JUNE 1, 2015

Early Application Deadline 

Final Deadline: June 29

 

 

International Student applicants may only apply in fall and must apply by April 1.

Doctor of Intercultural Studies applicants may only apply in fall.

Spring
Semester


OCTOBER 5, 2015

Early Application Deadline 

Final Deadline: November 2

 

 

   START MY ONLINE APPLICATION 

All required application materials must be submitted by the final application deadline in order to be considered for admission. Paper application forms are available upon request.

 

Why should I apply by the early application deadline?

  • Get a faster admission decision by applying when admissions staff are less busy
  • Financial aid awards are offered sooner to students who are admitted earlier
  • Buy yourself more time to make decisions about travel, classes, etc.

Step-1-Green  Steps to Apply    

  1. Complete a bachelor's and master's degree at regionally accred­ited institutions, with the cumulative grade point average required for your program (3.0 or higher). See the academic catalog for details about the required master's degree content and program length.
  2. Demonstrate English proficiency (Applicants for whom English is not their first language must submit TOEFL scores
  3. Complete the Online Application and pay the $50 application fee
  4. Follow up with your four references to ensure they submit the four reference forms on your behalf (at least one pastoral)
  5. Follow up with your employer to ensure they submit the Employer's Supportive Endorsement on your behalf
  6. Contact any undergraduate or graduate schools where you have earned seven or more semester credits and have them submit official transcripts on your behalf
  7. Submit a 20 page writing sample to demonstrate grammatical and compositional competency

Step-2-Green  After Applying

  1. Once all of your application materials are received by our admissions office, the Admissions Committee will evaluate your application based on the criteria below
  2. While waiting for an admission decision, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online
  3. Complete any Western Seminary financial aid ap­plications that may apply to you
  4. During the review process, it's possible that you will be contacted for an interview or to clarify items regarding your application. We would encourage you to respond to these requests quickly so that your admission decision is not delayed

As soon as your review has been completed, you will receive an admission decision in writing. Please note that all items submitted as part of the application process are used for a single purpose—your degree admission. Once they are received by the seminary, they will not be returned to you or released to any other individual or organization.

 


Admission Criteria

As an applicant, you will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • Commitment to and agreement with the World Evangelical Alliance Statement of Faith 
  • Demonstration of a life that evinces the goals, gifts and graces consistent with the roles for which Western provides training
  • Demonstration of a genuine compassion for others, a willingness to submit to the authority of Scripture, a spiritually-focused vision ambitious for the glory of Christ, a teachable spirit, emotional health and godly character
  • The quality of your academic history
  • Assessment of your references
  • Support from your supervisor or board for you to begin doctoral studies
  • The extent and quality of your involvement in Christian service
  • Your apparent gifts and potential for placement into Christian ministry
  • Meeting program specific admission requirements

The qualifying degrees for a doctoral program are a baccalaureate and master's degree, or their equivalent, conferred by a regionally and/or ATS accredited college, university, or seminary. Exceptions to this requirement are limited.

 


Western Seminary actively subscribes to a policy of equal education and employment opportunity for all people regardless of race, national origin, gender, age, marital status, or disability. This policy is in compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students have specific rights guaranteed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. The Seminary also has a policy which prohibits sexual harassment. Inquiries regarding compliance with federal law should be directed to the Office of the President, Western Seminary.