Application Process

General Admission Information

1. Refer to programs of study for specific admissions requirements and procedures.

2. Admission to the Seminary is valid for one year from the term for which the applicant is admitted. If enrollment is postponed by more than one year, the applicant must reapply for admission.

3. Those who register for courses and subsequently withdraw from school, or do not enroll in classes for more than one year, must reapply for admission.

4. Records submitted during the application process are not returned. Transcripts from other institutions become a part of the permanent file and may not be copied or released.

5. Applicants are expected to write and speak clear and correct English prose. Western Seminary reserves the right to ask the applicant to correct any deficiencies contained within materials submitted as part of the application process.

6. For application deadlines, see degree program descriptions.

7. An interview may be required upon request by the Admissions Committee.

Admissions Decisions

The Admissions Committee shall have the sole discretion to determine whether an applicant meets the standards and criteria for admission based on the applicant’s GPA, references, essay, overall fitness for ministry, and other submitted documents within the applicant’s file.

Types of Acceptance

Applicants may be admitted with the following types of acceptance:

1. Full acceptance

Applicants who have been admitted into a degree or certificate program with no conditions.

2. Academic probation

Applicants who do not meet the minimum grade point average (GPA) but are admitted at the discretion of the division chair and/or admissions committee. These applicants are admitted for a probationary time period. Those admitted on academic probation are not permitted to enroll in more than nine hours in the first semester and must maintain or exceed the GPA required for admission to the degree program in which the student is enrolled. If a student does not have the required minimum GPA at the end of the probationary period, the student may be subject to dismissal.

3. Provisional acceptance

Applicants who are admitted and still need to submit final official transcripts with graduation date posted or those who may still need to complete supplemental documents and/or requirements.

4. Conditional acceptance

Applicants who have been admitted and have special conditions placed on their acceptance and may be denied registration or be subject to possible withdrawal from school if conditions are not met.