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The Master of Divinity:
Training for a lifetime of pastoral ministry.

Doctors, teachers, and therapists each undergo rigorous training to build excellence and expertise. We believe that if you're going to shepherd souls, you'll want to do the same—while developing an enduring faithfulness to God. Here's how:

Our Master of Divinity degree equips you to engage in Gospel-centered leadership roles, such as pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, teaching, and missions. As the Master of Divinity is the most recognizable seminary degree in the United States, it presents you with the greatest number of open doors for church and parachurch ministry opportunities and serves as a requirement for ordination for some Christian denominations.

Western Seminary's newly streamlined 82-credit Master of Divinity program helps you:

  • Complete your training online or on campus
  • Explore gospel-centrality for spiritual formation, theological understanding, and ministry practice
  • Create your own statement of faith rather than adopting the seminary's doctrinal position
  • Put your new skills to work in the real world during multiple semesters of Ministry Formation
  • By giving you Logos Bible Software to streamline your studies of the scriptures 

Western Seminary delivers trustworthy and accessible training for gospel-centered transformation. Request your free viewbook and learn how you can train for your calling at Western Seminary.

"I am so incredibly grateful to have been in a place where faculty members cared enough for me to help me process through my theological hang ups, ministry questions, and even my personal issues. It was so exciting for me to have access to these amazing, Godly people who possess a wealth of wisdom and experience."Aaron Truong / Vancouver, WashingtonTherapist at Columbia River Mental Health Services

"Don't hesitate to attend Western Seminary. The training I received impacted me personally, spiritually, and intellectually. The courses, professors, staff, and other students were a great resource in terms of helping me hone my skills, detecting areas of growth and what to do about it, and helping me to make God my focus – not education."Susan Wright / Rancho Cordova, CAAssociate Pastor, Cordova Neighborhood Church

"My life and ministry growth have been marked by a desire for a better grip on the gospel message, an emphatic understanding of my ministry context, and a heavenward adjustment for myself in knowledge, character, and skills for ministry. Western Seminary has given me this."Dr. Julius Twongyeirwe / Kabale, UgandaNational Director of Proclamation Task

"The training I received at Western Seminary has significantly influenced both my gospel-centered approach to biblical theology and how that gets worked out in everyday disciple-making and leadership development."Jeff Vanderstelt / Tacoma, WAVisionary Leader of the Soma Family of Churches

"The quality of student I run into at Western gives me great confidence that God continues to work mightily, building His Kingdom and spreading His reign by raising up a new generation of called and equipped leaders."Gary Thomas / Houston, TXAuthor, Writer in Residence at Second Baptist Church of Houston

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