Statute of Limitations

All coursework for a degree offered by Western Seminary must be completed within the established time limit as measured from the date of entry to the degree program.

  • Doctor of Missiology / Doctor of Ministry: seven years
  • Master of Divinity: six years
  • Master of Arts: five years
  • Master of Theology: four years

However, we realize that students may have life and ministry circumstances which clearly require a longer course of studies. The first step to approval for additional time is to map out with the student's faculty advisor a plan to complete program requirements in the shortest reasonable timeframe. Permission to extend the statute of limitation must be granted through submission of an academic petition, which must include details of the proposed program plan.

Even in the case of an approved extension to the statute of limitations, all coursework applied toward degree requirements must be earned within ten years of the awarding of degree. This ten year time limit includes any coursework accepted by transfer or waived by advanced standing and begins with the start of the earliest coursework applied to the degree.

2016-2017 Academic Catalog