Master's Degrees

Western Seminary's master's degree programs are designed to equip you for strategic ministry roles wherever God leads you. All of our programs have a foundation of biblical and theological studies to ground you in God’s Word, along with specific training for your intended vocational or educational goals.

Degree Options

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Master of Divinity

Train for gospel-centered leadership roles such as pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, teaching, and missions.

82 credits

Portland / San Jose / Online / Cohorts

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MA in Counseling
Oregon / California

Integrate a biblical worldview with current counseling theory and techniques.

68 or 71 credits

Portland / San Jose

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MA (Biblical and Theological Studies)

Build a biblical and theological framework that will serve you in various ministry roles.

56 credits

Portland / San Jose / Online / Cohorts


MA in Global Leadership

Get equipped to serve in diverse, non-native communities around the globe.

48 credits

Portland / Online

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MA in Ministry and Leadership

Build a rich biblical understanding and a refined leadership skill set for ministry.

52 credits

Portland / San Jose / Online / Cohorts

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Master of Applied Biblical Leadership

Designed for experienced ministry leaders who need to gain a deeper biblical foundation.

36 credits

Portland / San Jose / Online / Cohorts

Specialized Areas of Study


Students in the Master of Divinity, MA (Biblical and Theological Studies), and MA in Ministry and Leadership programs have the option of working with their academic advisors to develop a concentration in a given area of specialization. Specialized areas of study include (but are not limited to):

  • Biblical/Theological Studies
  • Chaplaincy
  • Coaching 
  • Exegetical Studies 
  • Pastoral Studies
  • Women's Transformational Leadership