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Academic Standards

Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree or its full educational equivalent from a college or university accredited by a United States association holding membership in one of the six regional accrediting associations, membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada, membership in the Association for Biblical Higher Education, or from an institution which maintains similar academic requirements and standards.

General admission requirements include a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for the Master of Divinity, Graduate Studies Diploma, and Graduate Studies Certificate programs, and 3.0 for the Master of Arts, Master of Theology, Doctor of Intercultural Studies, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Ministry programs.

Western Seminary recommends that an applicant’s undergraduate degree contain a minimum of 35 semester hours of the liberal arts and sciences within the following specific areas:

  • English (composition & literature): 6
  • Philosophy: 2
  • Psychology: 2
  • History (Western civilization): 4
  • Speech: 2
  • Natural science: 4
  • Social science: 4
  • Foreign language: 4
  • Additional liberal arts and sciences: 7

Applicants may be accepted on a provisional or probationary basis, if their previous record indicates a weakness but with promise of greater achievement possible. Common areas of limitations include but are not restricted to:

  • An unaccredited baccalaureate degree. Provisional acceptance for completion of satisfactory work. Additional coursework may be required.
  • Low grade point average. Provisional acceptance for completion of satisfactory work.
  • A lack of a specific admission requirement. Students may be permitted to enroll for one or more courses while they complete a specific requirement for admission to a degree program.