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New Kairos Accelerated Master of Divinity Cuts Down Training Time, Debt

Monday, December 8, 2014 (updated)


Western Seminary, in partnership with Corban University, is pleased to announce the Kairos Accelerated Master of Divinity: a five-year program through which recent high school graduates can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Church Ministry and a Master of Divinity. Set to begin in the fall of 2015, this innovative program addresses a growing concern about the indebtedness many pastors incur as they complete the necessary training for a successful transition into ministry.

Funded by a grant through the Kern Family Foundation, the program will recruit incoming college freshmen who will attend courses for three years at Corban University, a regionally accredited institution in Salem, Oregon. In their fourth year, students will transition to Western Seminary Portland Campus in Portland, Oregon to begin work on their master's degree; their B.A. degree will be awarded at the end of their fourth year, their master's at the end of the fifth.
"The Kairos program is a great opportunity for young men and women who believe God wants them to be in church pastoral ministry to get high-quality training in an accelerated fashion," says program director Dr. Ron Marrs.

Ordinarily, it would take a student seven years to complete both of these degree programs. By combining the two programs and reducing overall program length by two years, students will save an estimated $30,000 in tuition and living expenses.

The design of the Kairos program ensures that graduates do not sacrifice experiential learning or the quality of curricular content because of the reduced training time. By requiring an in-depth internship experience and eliminating course duplication that can occur when a student attends both a Christian college and a seminary, Kairos enables future ministry leaders to enjoy top-shelf training while saving money and time.

For more information, visit the Kairos Accelerated Master of Divinity page, or contact the Corban University Admissions Office at 1.800.845.3005 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Western Seminary is an accredited graduate school founded in 1927. It offers trustworthy and accessible training for gospel-centered transformation at both the graduate credit and personal enrichment levels for those currently serving, or aspiring to serve, in key ministry leadership roles. The Western system consists of four campuses (Portland, OR; San Jose and Sacramento, CA; and Online) and a teaching site (Seattle, WA) that together serve approximately 950 credit students annually. For more information, please contact Kate Schleusner, Communications Specialist, at 503.517.1975.