We encourage future students to explore how they may be able to save time and money by reducing the length of their seminary studies. While the following options are not available to every student, advanced standing and transfer credit allow many students to decrease significantly the number of credits required to complete their degree programs.

Master's Level Program Advanced Standing

Ideal for: Bible college grads or those with strong grasp of Scripture or theology.

Incoming students may waive entire courses from their degree program through Advanced Standing if their prior education covered content in required courses at Western Seminary, and they demonstrate subject competency in a live faculty interview.

Maximum credits that may be waived:

M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) 32 credits
Master of Divinity 22 credits
M.A. in Counseling 8 credits (Bible, Theology Only)
M.A. in Ministry and Leadership 15 credits
M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy 13 credits (Bible, Theology Only)
M.A. in Global Leadership 12 credits
Graduate Studies Diploma 6 credits



Transfer Credits

Ideal for: Those who studied at ATS or regionally accredited graduate schools.

Students who are entering a degree program may request consideration to receive transfer credit for courses that are at least 80% equivalent to Western coursework.

  • Transfer credits may amount to no more than 50% of a degree program
  • A student must complete residency credits live at a Western campus, in amounts that vary by degree program



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