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Online Master of Divinity (MDiv)

The Online Master of Divinity (MDiv) program prepares men and women to engage in Gospel-centered leadership roles, such as pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, teaching, and missionary work. The Master of Divinity is the most recognizable seminary degree in the United States, offering students a comprehensive curricular base in Bible, theology, spiritual formation, Greek and Hebrew language, and ministry skill.

This accredited online master's degree presents graduates the greatest opportunity number of open doors for church and parachurch ministry opportunities and serves as a requirement for ordination for some Christian denominations. Master of Divinity training is often a requirement for admission to doctoral programs that emphasize Christian ministry or theology.




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Graduate in less than three years



All credits online, except for
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.

The Gospel is conveyed most powerfully when churches operate in the light of God's Word and His Spirit. In Western Seminary’s Online Master of Divinity, your studies will help you develop a theological framework that focuses on the ministry skill you'll acquire. The breadth of studies all adds up to training for a lifetime of pastoral ministry. 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.

A Master of Divinity that stands apart

  • An emphasis on Gospel-centrality and biblical theology, and how they shape your approach to ministry
  • Create a statement of faith rather than adopting the seminary's doctrinal position
  • A rigorous Candidacy process, ministering to real people under the supervision of a seasoned ministry practitioner
  • Visit either Israel or Greece and Turkey on faculty-led study tours for elective credit




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 a little less than three 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

The Online Master of Divinity 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 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 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 Admissions Counselor to explore alternative admission options.