Applicants, for whom English is not their first language, are required to demonstrate evidence of mastery of the English language for graduate study. The standard for this is through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The seminary requires the following minimum scores for degrees:
- Th.M., D.Min., and the Doctor of Intercultural Studies require a 25 on each of the four sections of the TOEFl-IBT (600 on the paper-based exam or 250 on the computer-based exam and a 4.5 writing score).
- M.A. in Counseling, M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy, M.A. in Ministry and Leadership Coaching Track and Certificate in Transformational Coaching programs require a 20 each on reading and writing sections and 25 each on the speaking and listening sections of the TOEFL-IBT.
- M.Div., M.A. (other than those mentioned above), Graduate Studies Diploma, and Graduate Studies Certificate require a 20 each on the four sections of the TOEFl-IBT (550 on the paper-based exam or 213 on the computer-based exam and a 3.5 writing score).
Because the TOEFL exam is given only a limited number of times each year, the applicant should allow sufficient time for the results to be included in the seminary admissions process.
The institution code of Western Seminary, to be written on the test paper, is 4968.