How To Apply at the Master's Level

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Studying at Western offers the flexibility to begin your studies in whichever semester is most convenient for you. It's simple—just select the best starting point from the three terms below and begin your online application or admission.



August 1, 2018

Final Deadline



International students must apply by Apr. 1


October 1, 2018

Early Deadline

Final Deadline: November 1


International students must apply by Sept. 1


February 1, 2019

Early Deadline

Final Deadline: March 1


International students must apply by Jan. 1


The sooner you apply for your desired term, the better. Applying well in advance of the deadline means you'll get an admission decision earlier, leaving you plenty of time to prepare for beginning your seminary studies. You can get a head start on connecting with your advisor, thinking through class schedules, and if you're relocating, you'll have the space to plan for transitions in housing and employment.

Step-1-Green  Steps to Apply    

  1. Submit your Online Application and pay the $50 application processing fee
  2. Select four references (at least one pastoral) to submit reference forms on your behalf
  3. Provide official transcripts from any undergraduate or graduate school where you earned 7 or more credits
  4. Please submit all required application materials by the application deadline to be considered for admission

Program-specific Steps

  • MA in Counseling applicants must complete an on-campus interview to be considered for admission. The interview will be scheduled once the above steps have been completed
  • Master of Theology (ThM) applicants must submit a 10-15 page research-oriented paper to demonstrate grammatical and compositional competency 

Step-2-Green  After Applying

  1. Once all of your application materials are received by our admissions office, the Admissions Committee will evaluate your application based on the criteria below
  2. During the review process, we may contact you for an interview or to clarify items regarding your application. Please respond to these requests quickly so that your admission decision isn't delayed
  3. If you'd like to apply for financial aid, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then complete any Western Seminary scholarship, grant, and loan applications that are relevant for you
  4. Once we complete your review, we'll send you an admission decision in writing. Any application materials you submitted to us will not be returned to you or released to any other individual or organization



Admission Criteria

As a master's level applicant, you'll be evaluated on the basis of:

  • The quality of your academic history, as evidenced by a bachelor's degree earned at a regionally accredited institution, with the cumulative grade point average required for your program (~2.5 - 3.0)
  • English proficiency (applicants for whom English is not their first language must submit TOEFL scores)
  • Commitment to and agreement with the World Evangelical Alliance Statement of Faith 
  • Demonstration of a life that evidences the goals, gifts, and graces consistent with the roles for which Western provides training
  • Demonstration of a genuine compassion for others, a willingness to submit to the authority of Scripture, a spiritually-focused vision ambitious for the glory of Christ, a teachable spirit, emotional health and godly character
  • Assessment of your references
  • The extent and quality of your involvement in Christian service
  • Your apparent gifts and potential for placement into Christian ministry
  • Meeting program specific admission requirements

The qualifying degree for a master's level program is a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, conferred by a regionally accredited college or university. Exceptions to this requirement are limited.


Western Seminary actively subscribes to a policy of equal education and employment opportunity for all people regardless of race, national origin, gender, age, marital status, or disability. This policy is in compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students have specific rights guaranteed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. The Seminary also has a policy which prohibits sexual harassment. Inquiries regarding compliance with federal law should be directed to the Office of the President, Western Seminary.