Undergraduate Degree Exemption Policy

Admission to Western Seminary without a baccalaureate degree is determined on a case-by-case basis. An applicant’s qualifications for consideration include the applicant’s maturity, educational background, ministry experience, and vocational goals. Ideally, applicants for admission without a bachelor’s degree should be able to demonstrate significant life and ministry experience, as well as a readiness for graduate theological studies. Applicants without the required baccalaureate degree will preferably have completed at least 60 hours of undergraduate coursework with an earned cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a four-point scale).

In addition to the Admission Requirements, applicants without a baccalaureate degree must include the additional supplemental materials with their application:

  1. A supplemental statement explaining the applicant’s professional and educational journey;
  2. A current resume; and
  3. A current writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s research and writing skills in form, style, and content (utilizing the Turabian style)