Sacramento Campus Curricular Advisors
Please select your program below to see your advisor.
Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
M.A. Biblical & Theological Studies (MABTS)
Graduate Studies Diploma or Certificate (GSC or D)
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)
GSC-D candidate for M.A. MFT
M.A. Ministry and Leadership (MAML)
It is vital to your success as a student that you keep in frequent contact with your academic advisor. Therefore, once you are admitted to Western Seminary and are considering which courses to take first, please contact your academic advisor (assigned to you in your admission letter) to set up an appointment. He or she will be extremely helpful in guiding you through the courseload that would be best for you in light of your family, work, and ministry commitments. Your advisor will also help you with course selection, informing you of the recommended sequence of courses for your particular degree program.
One of the best tools to help with time management is found under our "Planning Tools" sidebar header. This Time Budgeting Calculator helps you gauge how much you can really tackle.
Before beginning your training or within the first two months, you will need to meet with your advisor to map out your plan for graduation. We call it your Graduation Plan for Success (GPS); it is simply a roadmap as to what you are taking when. Don't worry if you aren't sure, almost every student changes this plan at least once during their tenure. Sometimes this is because life happens and other times it is because you find an elective you really want to take.
The key questions your advisor will ask are:
- Do you prefer online or on campus courses?
- How many credits do you want to take at a time?
- When do you want to graduate?
Before each fall term, a registration hold will be placed on your student account until you update your Graduation Plan for Success. This is simply a check-in each year.
Western holds three terms each Academic Year: Fall, Spring and Summer. The months for Open Registration are July (for fall), November (for Spring) and March (for Summer). During the Open Registration Period, students may drop courses without a fee. After Open Reg, there is a $25 drop fee. Student may register for classes up until the Friday before the first day of the term. It is important to register early because of the following reasons and more:
- Some courses require assignments prior to the first class session.
- Some courses may be in jeopardy of closing for lack of registrants.
- Books need to be ordered in time for course assignments to be completed.