Western Seminary’s educational mission is to “serve as a catalyst and resource for spiritual transformation by providing, with and for the church, advanced training for strategic ministry roles.” This mission can best be fulfilled if Western Seminary attracts and admits the right kind of students to its training programs.

Philosophy and Standards

This admissions philosophy takes into account more than the applicant’s academic record. Western seeks to admit and nurture men and women whose lives evince the goals, gifts and graces consistent with the ministry roles for which Western provides training. They should be characterized by 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, and a conviction of a divine commission for Christian ministry. Applicants must agree to abide by the terms listed in the Academic Catalog and in the Student Handbook.

Western’s students represent a broad range of denominational and doctrinal backgrounds. All students are expected to join the rest of Western’s community in affirming the evangelical convictions represented by the Statement of Faith of the World Evangelical Alliance, and to exhibit a teachable attitude in their studies. Students should also understand that instruction from full-time faculty will reflect the more specific doctrinal statements represented by the Faculty Teaching Position.