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Online MA in Ministry and Leadership

The Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership degree program enables students to bring transformation to churches and parachurch organizations through a rich biblical understanding and a refined leadership skill set. This training spans communication theory, biblical studies, theology, discipleship and spiritual formation—with the result that our students lead and serve effectively in a wide variety of global ministry roles. While this program is a great fit for support pastors or parachurch leaders, it is not designed to prepare individuals for roles that may require ordination.




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Graduate in as few as two years



All credits online, except 2 sets of on campus courses*


Take as many on campus courses as you like in PortlandSan Jose, Sacramento

* International students on an F1 visa are only required to make one visit instead of two.

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Online learning in community. No compromise.

Christian leaders are unique in that they submit to the leading of God, and live in light of His Gospel. In Western Seminary’s Online MA in Ministry and Leadership, your studies will help you develop a theological base and philosophy of ministry that focus the skills you'll aquire. The breadth of studies equips students to serve in ways that impact the people of their time and place. And you can train wherever you call home.

Ninety years of gospel-centered instruction, and thirty-five years of innovation in distance learning mean that Western Seminary Online campus offers exceptional online training from seasoned ministry practitioners. Even more than advanced technology, it is the ongoing, personal connection to a global community that distinguishes this our online degrees.

Distingushed leadership training for Christian ministry 

  • An emphasis on building a theological framework that empowers decades of impactful ministry leadership
  • Survey all books of the Bible through the lens of biblical theology
  • A rigorous Candidacy process, ministering to real people under the supervision of an seasoned ministry practitioner




Online education, powered by Integr@te

We’re serious about quality training, which is why we developed the Integr@te app. This is our custom-built downloadable learning system, built to ensure your success in online seminary training. Whatever web-connected device you use, you’ll have immediate access to a suite of Bible study and course calendaring tools as well as video lectures by Western professors. All this compliments Online Learning Centers that serve as a hub for global student interaction and learning assessment.

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Study at a pace that fits your priorities

Hours per week 
of online classes
(on average)

Hours per week
of homework
(on average)

Years of training

Degree completed for a lifetime of enhanced impact for Christ.

Start your seminary training in September, January, or May—whichever fits your schedule best. And while the program is designed to be completed in four years of part-time studies, you may accelerate your study to finish in less than two years or slow your studies when situations warrant.

A connected community + mentoring option

Your online learning experience will be filled with people you'll never forget—whom you'll meet during two visits to the Portland campus:

Visit One: Near the start of your program, you"ll build a new support network by taking a week of Threshold courses on campus with fellow online students. During your trip, you"ll meet course professors who will instruct and advise you throughout your program. You"ll also meet student services staff and learn how to access the support resources we make available.

Visit Two: Your training culminates in one last trip to campus to complete a final, 2.5 day Capstone course.

(Note: International students on an F1 visa are only required to make one visit instead of two)

Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to participate in personal and career mentoring which follows your own Personal Development Plan. This plan will drive the two meetings you have with your Program Mentor per semester via internet communication software. During these sessions, you"ll assess progress in the areas of course content, ministry competency, personal character, and interpersonal relationships. All of this is directed at seeing your training catalyze true spiritual transformation in your life and work.

Gain access to an extensive online library

This is a professional master's degree program and carries the expectation that you will complete advanced research from scholarly sources. As a student, you'll receive personal access to Logos Gold Digital Library and Bible Software, in addition to a growing collection of 150,000 e-books and the full text of 15,000 journals through our online library. You'll also have access to the print library collections on each campus.

Personal Computer Standards


  • Windows™ 10 or Mac™ OS x 10.14 "Mojave" and above
  • 8th generation quad-core processor
  • 16 GB RAM (Recommended)
  • 60 GB Free Space - Internal HDD / SSD Only
  • 2560 x 1440 Screen resolution

Web Conferencing

  • Web camera (High Definition)
  • Mic / Earphones Headset
  • 16 GB RAM (Recommended)
  • 60 GB Free Space - Internal HDD / SSD Only
  • Basic license for Zoom Video Conferencing (Available for free download at

Software Standards

  • Current web browser
  • Word Processor writing to *.doc format
  • Outlook, Gmail, or other email service that is able to read HTML emails and receive and send attachments
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software (free download)

Admission requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 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 Admissions Counselor to explore alternative admission options.