Standards for Completion of a Second Master's Degree

A student who has earned or is working on a master’s degree at Western Seminary may earn a second master’s degree (M.A. or M.Div.) under the following conditions:

  1. The student must meet the normal requirements for admittance to the Seminary and to the specific degree program. The student who has not completed his or her first master’s degree may be admitted provisionally to the second degree program, pending completion of the first degree.
  2. Credits earned by the student completing his or her first master’s degree may be used to meet the requirements of the second master’s degree, provided those credits were earned within five years of admission to the second degree program.
  3. The student shall meet all requirements for the second degree, including practicum and thesis, if appropriate.
  4. Completion of the second degree includes a minimum of 18 semester hours taken at Western Seminary beyond the degree program requiring the greater number of hours.